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Kent Coastal Week 2013

kent coastal week 2013

Date: Launch 25th October then 28th October – Saturday 2nd November | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Admission: Free

Kent’s Coastal Week Launch Event

Friday 25th October 7-9.30pm | Free

Join the crew and exhibiting artists on board LV21 for some refreshments and an entertaining evening of improvised soundtrack by Medway based Hand of Stabs. Hand of Stabs will perform a live soundtrack to a film they made documenting their recent Month of Sundays tour. This project focused on four historical sites around the Medway Swale estuary. The public were invited to visit the sites and enjoy an improvised piece of music created in response to each location. The LV21 performance, as well as being the debut screening of the film will conclude the Month of Sundays project and draw together the ideas explored in the on-location performances.

Hand of Stabs

Hand of Stabs, from the South East of England, are a three man collective who’s work draws inspiration from their exploration of local, often forbidden, landmarks. They create improvised sound pieces which can be simultaneously uplifting, difficult and intense using both traditional and homebuilt instruments.


Photo © Sara Norling

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Tides of Change

28th October – 2nd November 11-4pm | Free

A group exhibition featuring a variety of artwork by local, national and international artists, both professional and amateur, from paintings, prints, drawings and collages to sculptural installations, sound, film and written word – all inspired by the ever-changing coast.

LV21 will be awash with coastal themed artwork throughout the decks, cabins and passageways; from a selection of works by artist Billy Childish to Anna Falcini’s intricate line drawings and Estuary Eulogies, from Fiona Spirals’ Ripping Landscapes and poems to Laurie Harpum’s ‘Cliff Creatures’ and Julie Bradshaw’s installation of memories, from ‘Mudlark’ Nick Stewart’s driftwood furniture and Malcolm Wright’s instruments to Paul Fowler’s paintings on salvaged timber, from Daniel Nash’s concrete ‘floating anchors’ to Germander Speedwell’s verses and Richard Skelton’s musical piece… just to name a few…

Also featured on board is London-based artist Jasone Miranda-Bilbao’s Nylon Thread, a short video documenting the production of nylon thread out of recycled plastic material. Descend into the lower deck generator room and get immersed in the sounds and sights of this intriguing mechanical process of change.

On Thu 31 October public get a chance to meet our first Lookout artists-in-residence Jim Backhouse and Magz Hall from Radio Arts together with our resident radio operator Colin Turner to find out what they have been working on collaboratively during their residential over the last few weeks.



Nylon Thread is supported by Etxepare Basque Institute

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FREE drop-in workshops for all the family

Wed 30 October 11am-4pm BIG DRAW – Recycled Portraits

Join artist Laurie Harpum aboard the ship to turn a vast selection of inspirational found objects and recycled materials into a personal sculptural collage representing yourself or your family and friends. Each collage will be photographed and printed on a card which you get to take away. All materials provided but you are welcome to bring along your own found objects too.

Thu 31 October 11am-4pm Lookout 21 – Open Day

lookout 21Join our resident radio operator Colin Turner and artists Jim Backhouse and Magz Hall from Radio Arts  for a day on the ‘airwaves’. Jim will be airing his new site-specific AM/FM installation of Medway Sounds and Human Fog Horns and Magz hopes to record your radio memories to grow her expanding archive of radiophonic memories for the Radio Recall project

People are also invited to bring along and donate any unwanted FM radios to the ever-growing Radio Recall collection of radios during the event at LV21.

Colin will be on hand to talk about his role as the residential radio operator and to share his plans for a series of hands on practical radio workshops aboard the ship, with the first FM radio building day planned for Mon 11 November. And if you’re lucky you might even catch him singing and get him to teach you a shanty or two…

Fri 1 November 11am-4pm BIG DRAW – Ripping Landscapes

Take part in more BIG DRAW fun by creating your own estuary inspired ‘Ripping Landscapes’ with artist Fiona Spirals. Drop-in for a day of paper ripping, cutting and glueing to make your own piece of estuary art to take home. All materials provided but you are welcome to bring along your own magazines, books and paper to incorporate in your work.

No need to book, just turn up. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times aboard the vessel.





Make Your Own Cigar Box Surf Guitar

Sat 2 November 12-4pm | £17.50 Booking Essential

As featured on BBC2’s Handmade Revolution. Come and make your own estuary inspired cigar box surf guitar, with Malcolm Wright. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages and no experience of building or playing is necessary.

Booking essential – only 10 places available. The course runs for 4hrs.

Special Coastal Week price £17.50 (usual price £27.50). To book please email
Payment on the day by cash/cheque only.

Full Kent Coastal Week Programme Details

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Please note

The renovation of the vessel is an ongoing process and as such some areas are not accessible.

Children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times aboard the vessel. Wear suitable flat, non-slip shoes. Please contact LV21 if you want to discuss any access issues.