Esther Collins, Resort, 2006. Image courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.

Esther Collins
Stuff Happens Here


Whitstable Biennale is working with artist Esther Collins to create a new project Stuff Happens Here which aims to support artists aged 18 to 24 years on the Isle of Sheppey. Participants will meet and collaborate with artists, designers and filmmakers to develop practical skills and creativity, learn about organising events, expand their artistic knowledge, and to work with Whitstable Biennale.

Artists taking part in the programme include Hannah Lees, Sam Curtis, Work-form, and Jo Waterhouse.

Esther Collins is an artist interested in curating situations that encourage people to share information and stories, finding out what they have in common. She produced Resort, a printed guide to Thanet, through gathering opinions and anecdotes from local people in Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs. She also recruited a team of KLAT artists to interview local residents in Hackney from a cardboard covered mobile hut, offering a cup of tea and cake in exchange for their conversation.

If you are based on Sheppey, aged 18 to 24 years, and interested in taking part, please email

Esther Collins, Stuff Happens Here, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.

Esther Collins, Stuff Happens Here, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.

Esther Collins, Stuff Happens Here, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.

A list of Stuff happens here activities

7 June 2016
Nearby faraway

A day of looking at art, film and performance across the water in Whitstable. For young adults aged 18 to 24 living on the Isle of Sheppey.

The group took a free coach trip to and from Whitstable Biennale, with a guided tour of the local and international art festival, taking-in films, performances, installations and other projects on display in locations around the town.

They then met the festival organisers and artists, and spoke about how the 2016 Whitstable Biennale was put together; why it looks as it looks and does what it does.

The day finished with fish and chips.

2 August 2016, 17:00-20:00
Session #1
Blue town Heritage Centre

Introduction with Esther Collins.

The group was introduced to the work of the Whitstable Biennale and watched Mikhail Karikis’ Ain’t got no fear, before working with print to make postcards reflecting their thoughts about life on Sheppey.
Esther brought some cheese to share with the group.

6 September 2016, 17:00-20:00
Session #2 – with Hannah Lees
Sheppey Little Theatre

Hannah Lees is an artist who makes installations, sculptures and events. She makes work about the past and the present, mixing ancient crafts and present-day culture. She uses plants and vegetables to dye cloths, makes plaster ‘tablets’ encasing natural and found objects, makes bread, sources wine and invites you to sit down, eat and drink as a ritual.

The group met in this unique and quirky theatre venue to look at some of Hannah’s sculpture, drawing and natural dying work on a big screen. They then ventured out and about in Sheerness to search for some old- fashioned (carved into wood) graffiti to take rubbings to the return to the theatre and work on together.

4 October 2016, 17:00-20:00
Session #3 – with Sam Curtis
Sheppey Little Theatre

Sam Curtis is an artist and fishmonger whose work explores creativity, where we might expect to find it and how we value different forms of labour. For over 10 years, he has used his day jobs as platforms or starting points from which to develop practice and projects. Informed by two years working as a fishmonger in Harrods, he now runs the Centre for Innovative and Radical Fishmongery, an organisation that explores how fishmongery intersects with art, individuals and society.

The group joined Sam to explore his unique way of working and will make prints using squid ink and fish scales.

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