2021 Programme

Overview and highlights – full announcement Feb 2021


A number of publications will emerge from the work of Estuary 2021 commissioned artists, working with different sites and communities across the Thames Estuary region.

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Themes and Curation

Vast and mysterious, the Thames Estuary has existed for aeons. Integral to the UK’s national history and “one of the largest and most unassuming” nature reserves in the world, it has been a source of creative inspiration throughout the ages.

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In the Landscape

The Thames Estuary is home to some of the most overlooked landscapes and river vistas in the UK. The aim of Estuary has always been to encourage an exploration of these landscapes along with gaining insight into their history and significance.

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Port and Seaside Towns

In amongst the sweeping SSSI nature reserves and the monumental industrial architecture of energy and logistics...

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Estuary 2021 will launch with an Opening Weekend packed with live broadcast discussions and specially commissioned artworks presented.

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Key Partners

Estuary 2021 is delivered through a partnership between two Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, Metal, based in South Essex and Cement Fields, based in North Kent.

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Thames Estuary Trail

Twenty years ago, local newspaper reporter, Tom King wrote Thames Estuary Trail: A Walk around the end of the World - the first and to date, the only book that describes the entire estuary coastline as an epic 83 mile walk.

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The Water Replies

Mass participation from Estuary residents is already underway with the journaling and creative writing project, The Water Replies.

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Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

creative-estuary   ace

Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

book_fest community_fund heritage_fund creative_coast bexleysalford fpg lesnes Essex2020Logo

Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley c2c roh southeastern

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity   raddison   uber