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We are thrilled to announce that LV21’s original optic will be returned to the ship in the coming weeks. We recently made a visit to St Mary’s Island to discuss the logistics of moving the lantern out of the lighthouse across the causeway – the optic has been on display as a tourist attraction at the base of the lighthouse for some years . The Friends of St Mary’s Island have kindly donated the optic back to LV21 and, with assistance from the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, we are looking forward to reinstalling this original feature.

This year LV21 celebrates her 50th anniversary since her launch in 1963. As the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House, LV21 has been recognised as a ship of national historic importance and has been officially included in the Register of National Historic Ships No.2330.

We are planning a number of celebratory events throughout 2013, details to be released soon.

Earlier this month LV21 took part in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Using the event as a reference point, and taking inspiration from the worldwide amateur radio festival dedicated to the education and continued practice of radio and Morse code communication, Tom produced this Projection Mapping. The animations feature messages written in Morse code visualised by dots and dashes. The installation transformed LV21’s internal spaces and proved to be a highlight for many of our visitors. Read more

Update September 2013:

After over 18 months of working on the CPP Swale and Medway project LV21 stepped down from our role as a consortium member. We continue to deliver the Lookout project as an independent delivery partner only. We are now able to concentrate our attention on the further development of LV21 and our exciting programme of new activities.

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Arts Council England officially announced today that  LV21 & project partners have been successful in applying for a commissioned grant from its Creative People and Places programme. This substantial £1.5 million investment over the next three years will make a real difference to the communities of Swale and Medway. The long-term aim of our ‘Creative People and Places: Swale & Medway’ vision is to enable local people to shape the cultural provision of where they live; through a spirit of creative collaboration and the art of doing. We are the only successful applicant from the South East region. Read more

diamond jubilee

We’re gearing up, or should that be down, for the long Jubilee bank holiday weekend. And to celebrate the extended holiday we’re lighting up the lantern as an official Diamond Jubilee beacon. We’ll also be joined by Kent University students for the launch of Iron Gym, an exciting project to create an exercise trail linking the University’s Medway campus with some of the area’s most popular heritage sites – LV21 is first on the list.

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LV21 Coast Magazine

We’re fans of Coast magazine here at LV21 so it was extra special to see Light Vessel 21 featured in the July 2012 issue, available now. Päivi appears in this month’s ‘coastal character’ article.

We’re planning a range of activities and performances over the summer months (news coming soon) so make sure you sign up to our newsletter and social networks to keep up to date with all our latest events.

look about cultural olympiad

Look About is a two-year mapping and collecting project led by Portsmouth based artist/geologist Jon Adams in response to Accentuate and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the South East of England. This creatively driven, multilayered project weaves together science and art, digital and analogue, and Jon’s autobiographical experiences.
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We were excited to welcome Damo Suzuki (ex Can) on board LV21 on Saturday 24th September to perform a sell out gig promoted by TEA Concerts. The gig also featured Up C Down C (who were Damo’s ‘sound carriers‘ (backing band) for the night) and French Fire Engine. Tickets sold out fast and were first made available to LV21 ShipMates and TEA mailing list subscribers. We have more nights planned with some great bands lined up.

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As part of artist Stephen Turner’s Sedimental project, LV21 will host free activities on board on 22nd September. These include a panel discussion to explore a River Medway Manifesto and the unveiling of MV08, a surveillance inspired installation with footage from Moonview, a 2008 commission by the North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership. Graduate artists from the University for the Creative Arts also debut their short films inspired by Sedimental.
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