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SoundBITES & SNAPshots

December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016


Sat 3rd Dec 1pm-4pm & Sun 4th Dec 11pm-4pm
FREE admission with complimentary refreshments & nibbles

Gravesend Town Pier Pontoon, St Andrews Quay, West Street, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0BG

Join local artists and crew aboard the ship and take part in a variety of workshops to explore and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Gravesham.

All workshops are FREE but with limited capacity. Please email to book your place.


Tip of the Tongue | Sat 3 Dec | 1-3pm
Writing workshop with poet Patience Agbabi

Peshwari Naan, Panini,
Hoxton Rye or Huffkin,
Let’s break bread, pen poems
and celebrate our soundBITES.

Poet Patience Agbabi invites local families to come aboard LV21 to break bread and explore the variety of different grains, loafs, flatbreads and baps through words and languages.

A selection of breads and spreads will be available to taste but we hope that participants will bring some of their own favourite daily bread to share too.

The final group poem inspired by the workshop will be performed aboard LV21 during the Open Weekend event on 17-18 December.

Suitable for all ages. Bring the whole family or come on your own. Allergy note: Some breads may contain nuts or seeds.


Calling Gravesend – Through the Ears of Another | Sat 3 – Sun 4 Dec | 1-4pm
Radio workshop with WordPlay

Leon and Zoe from WordPlay are calling out for young reporters with an interest in sound design to set up a studio in LV21’s Radio Room and help them collect interesting stories from the local community, Gravesend’s past and present residents, through phone interviews and field recordings to create audio stories.

Learn to use mobile recording devices, useful interview techniques and how to record a phone conversation, while taking part in an adventure into storytelling, translation and location played out in reality and shared in audio.

The recordings will be developed into independent audio works and played out on loops in different locations aboard LV21 during the Open Weekend event on 17-18 December, and also online.

All equipment provided. Suitable for 13+. Please note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Land Marks | Sun 4 Dec | 11-4pm
Animation workshop with RouteStock

Mike and Romana from RouteStock invite local artists, from professional to amateur, emerging to established, to create hand drawn animations recalling the lost, transient and contemporary icons of Gravesham, using the medium of 16mm film.

The artists will also facilitate a drop-in activity suitable for all ages to create a collaborative group animation film during the workshop.

Final film animations will be shown aboard LV21 during the Open Weekend event on 17-18 December.

All materials and equipment provided. Suitable for 16+.


Paper Mill In-Forms
by artist Steve Mace

Also, look up to the LV21’s lantern after sunset and see what artist Steve Mace has been working on inspired by the local Bowater Tower.

“The Bowater artwork, illuminated in the lantern of LV21 has been inspired by my childhood memories of Bowater Tower, as seen by me in the 1950/60s from the top deck of a 480 bus travelling between Greenhithe and Gravesend. The tower was a land mark and made a bold statement about the Bowater Paper Mill on the Thames at Gravesend. What are your memories of this? Did you work in the mill or even in the tower itself. Were you working close by in the various factories and works in that area?

‘Paper Mill – in forms’ is a project that follows on from my earlier work, ‘Cement Works – in forms’ which took place during the final
years of production at the Blue Circle Northfleet cement works.”

If you have your own memory or story to share about the tower and the surrounding industry please come aboard and tell us all about it!



For further information about the artists please visit:

Patience Agbabi


Steve Mace


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LV21 @ Gravesend
St Andrew's Quay
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BD United Kingdom
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*Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times aboard LV21 unless otherwise agreed with the organisers.
*Access onboard the ship is via steep staircases. Please wear flat, non-slip shoes.
*No smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and no alcohol permitted onboard the ship.
*Opening times may vary dependent on tide and weather conditions.

Contact us if you would like to discuss access restrictions in more detail.

Watch some films of previous events and activities