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SEAson’s Greetings

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Sat 8th December | Open Day | 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4.30pm

Please note that access to the ship is closed during high tide (approx. 12.30-2pm, dependant on weather conditions)
FREE | Family-friendly | Suitable for all ages | Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult | Licensed bar
No need to book, just step aboard!

Yuletide ashore is a jolly time of the year for families and friends to get together. But how about those working at sea, spending the festive season far away from home, apart from their loved ones? Join the crew and artists aboard LV21 to spare a moment to think about these salty seafarers, of past and present, and find out how they brought some traditional festive cheer to their Christmas Day at sea. Explore the decks and immerse yourself in the mesmerising story of HMS Wakeful, make your own nautical Christmas decoration to take home or enjoy a festive hot toddy with a ship’s biscuit in the Galley Bar.

And if you look very carefully you might even find Benny The Beluga aboard, joining in the festivities somewhere below decks…


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Fri 7th December | 7-10pm | Tickets £5 | Licensed bar

Special Screening of Wakeful by artist Anne Robinson with live score performed by Breathing Space Collective | Running time 45 min

Come aboard to a unique Christmas Party at Sea! Enjoy a special site-specific film screening of Wakeful, a new film accompanied by a live score from the fabulous Breathing Space sound collective with special guest Richard Wilson of the legendary Bow Gamelan and one of the creators of 1513: A Ships Opera Meet the artist Anne Robinson after the performance to find out more about the story behind her personal project.

If I Sleep, I May be Caught: motto of HMS Wakeful, a WW1 destroyer, built on ‘Red’ Clydeside in 1917 on which the artist’s father was the ship’s cook. Drawing on a fragmented childhood memory and a ‘hidden history’ from a century ago, Wakeful is a project about listening to the past: a new film work with percussive sound constructed with international collaborators and considering the ‘peace’ one hundred years on.

HMS Wakeful was sent just a few days after the declaration of ‘peace’ at the November 11th Armistice in 1918, on what was later called the ‘Baltic Cruise’ heading through mine-infested waters, for the Gulf of Finland and Estonia: an illegal war on Bolshevism and a government that feared international solidarity of workers. Traumatised, but largely silent about his war, the artist’s father shared one single, stark memory of ‘Russian sailors in the ice’, waking her one night as a child to listen to an account of horror, ice and death. This experience shapes the film work: its dreamlike sense of temporality and remembered voices. Engaged in research decades later, she finds Wakeful and accounts of the voyage in two archived journals from sailors on the same ship, one a wireless telegraph officer, the other a signalman. One contemporary account of bombardments by Wakeful during this conflict describes ‘human debris in the snow’… ‘Russian sailors in the ice’.

One hundred years on, Wakeful uses film technologies to record the passing of time strangely as performers re-inhabit the past, the landscapes of war give up their dead and soundscapes of the past seep into the present. We listen to the past, cross borderlines.


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Anne Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in east London. Her experimental practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time passing and she works with painting, film, sound and curating. She holds a practice-led PhD in time, film and painting and currently teaches at Middlesex University. Recent works include: Thrashing in the Static (2015) and Over Time (2014) as well as curating at Supernormal Festival.
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Breathing Space Collective are a London based five piece collective, who fuse voice and experimental instrumentation with techniques of improvisation, deep listening, assemblage and field recordings. They create site-specific performances exploring architectural acoustics, uncovering the social and physical resonances to shape content and form – working outside the traditional performance space they re-imagine place, adding new memory to sites.

This project has been supported by Arts Council England, Middlesex University and The David Family Foundation

Visions Of The Future

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Free art/film/animation workshop for young people aged 13-21 followed by a film screening including Shona Illingworth’s short film 216 Westbound. Read more

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