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LV21 is a historic, 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility.
We are creative consultants and practitioners working with a broad range of clients and partners.
We devise, deliver and document art, culture, education and heritage projects.

LV21 is a unique venue with an individual and distinct identity, one of Kent’s prime platforms for cultural activities across diverse artistic disciplines.

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For opening times and events please check the events page.


Featured Current Projects

Arts Award Training

LV21 in partnership with the Royal Opera House Bridge is offering FREE Arts Award Training at both Discover/Explore and Bronze/Silver levels. The training sessions, for teachers across Gravesham, aim to enhance engagement in existing or future activities. This is a great opportunity for both professional development and to build networks with neighbouring schools and arts organisations.

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LV21 is one of 12 Lead Arts Organisations for INSPIRE ‘Leading through Culture’ Project, part of the Kent Schools Olympic Legacy Programme, funded by Kent County Council, Artswork and Royal Opera House Bridge. This ambitious programme involving 130 schools and a key group of arts and cultural organisations from Kent enables young people to connect with and create arts and culture.

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6 Ways To Wellbeing

LV21 is the lead Arts Organisation working in close partnership with Kent Equality Cohesion Council and The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre across Gravesham as part of the county wide Six Ways To Wellbeing programme, funded by Kent County Council, with investment from Artswork and the Royal Opera House Bridge.


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Making More

LV21 in partnership with Making Space have commissioned designer-makers Joanne Haywood and Stella Harding to work on this exciting Arts Council England funded pilot project, researching a new business model which focuses on the development of making skills at a local level in Kent/Medway and Hampshire/West Sussex Border.

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Lookout is a project devised and delivered by LV21. This pilot project was part funded by Ideas Test, an Arts Council England programme. We feel that the key in developing creative places and involving residents as active participants in the arts is to provide an opportunity for people to lookout, reflect on their observations, work on their ideas & create new approaches to help develop an environment where creativity thrives.

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Wayne Hemingway

Hemingway on LV21

Design entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway adds his support to the LV21 project.

“The Lightship Project seems to hit all the right spots. It sustainably brings back to life an iconic piece of local heritage and in doing so provides a home and venue for the local creative industries…


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LV21 on East Goodwin Station c.1974

Service History

Built in 1963 Light Vessel 21 is a unique 40 metre steel-hulled lightship, the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House.

LV21 saw most of her service off the Kent coast on the Varne, East Goodwin and Channel stations. In 1981 she was involved in the worst Light Vessel collision in which the Lightvessel had survived. She was retired from service in 2008…

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LV21 Services & Facilities
LV21 Facilities and Services

Who Are We?

We’re a couple of experienced and award winning creative professionals, delivering arts management, consultancy and creative documentation services to both the private and public sector. We think big, aim high and have a track record of getting things done, well.

If you’d like to talk to us about hiring our skills, or if you are interested in booking LV21 for an event or performance, please get in touch.

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LV21 Featured Films


Patience Agbabi performs her poem DA12 ERB onboard LV21, written as part of her residency, Discovering Gravesham through the Arts. The project is kindly supported by Arts Council South East, Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council. Read more….

SoundBITES & SNAPshots

A short film preview of the first weekend of artist residencies in Gravesend, part of a wider research and development project Discovering Gravesham through the Arts. The project is kindly supported by Arts Council South East, Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council. Read more….