Dates for WB2014

Dates for this year's Whitstable Biennale are 31 May - 15 June. More details to follow soon.

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Martin John Callanan, Imperial War Museum North

Wars During My Lifetime, a work by Martin John Callanan which was commissioned for the 2012 Whitstable Biennale can currently be seen at the Imperian War Museum North, until 23 February 2014, in the exhibition Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War. For more info visit the IWM North website.



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Mikhail Karikis, XENON

Mikhail Karikis' 'exploded opera' took place at East Kent festivals over summer/autumn 2010, including Whitstable Biennale. One chapter of XENON, Sounds from Beneath, was recently on show at Manifesta 9, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Sounds From Beneath will also be screened at the Tate Britain Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists' Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013, 25 November - March 2014.

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Open Call for new performance works

Whitstable Biennal's Satellite Programme is is hosting an Open Call for visual artists that are interested in testing new performance works with a live audience.

Deadline for proposals – 5 pm 21st March

We will host a series of showcases for new visual arts performance, the first of which will be held in the back room of The Ship Centurion pub in Whitstable on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 from 7:30pm.

Performers will be invited to take the stage for up to 15 minutes.

This is particularly aimed at artists starting out in performance, or for those with early ideas still in development, which need testing in a supportive atmosphere. Please email us a brief description (max. 500 words) outlining your idea. If you would like to submit supporting material, please send us a 1 page CV and images, or short film/film excerpt.

We have some funds to support travel costs and equipment.. All performers will be invited to a special artists' night out during Whitstable Biennale 2014.


Open Call for student artist films


Whitstable Biennale seeks new student film works made by current students or those who have graduated within the previous two years, from University of the Arts Canterbury; Canterbury Christ Church, and the School of Arts at the University of Kent (Canterbury and Medway).

Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art. We focus on commissioning ambitious and experimental new work, in film and performance. The next Whitstable Biennale will take place 31st May – 15th June 2014.


Film submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length, or a 5 min excerpt of a longer piece. The original work can be of any length. The film will be screened using a digital projector, and therefore needs to be submitted as a digital file or on DVD.

Up to six films will be selected by our specialist team of curators. Have a look at the developing Archive on our website to see the type of work we have commissioned in the past.

Selected films will be screened at a special public event on Friday 13th June 2014 held during the Whitstable Biennale. 


All submissions must be received by 5p.m on Friday 28th February 2014.

Submission requirements

We can accept film submissions via file share link, online video / URL, or on DVD by post.

You will need to send us some information about the film, and a brief biography.

Click here for the online application.

Please note we will need to receive both the film submission and an online application for your submission to be eligible.

If you are posting your submission, please ensure you include the title of the work and your full name with your DVD.

You will receive an email confirming your submission within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation please contact Catherine on mob: 07957 575794 or

Films can be sent by post if required, to:

Whitstable Biennale Student Open Submission

Jarman Building, University of Kent

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7UG












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