Katie Paterson, All The Dead Stars, 2010. Photo: Simon Steven
Katie Paterson, All The Dead Stars, 2010. Photo: Simon Steven

“This is a biennale with a brain” The Guardian, June 2018

Whitstable Biennale brings people together to experience some of the most exciting new visual art being made in the UK today in film, performance and sound.

Whitstable Biennale is the place to see and experience the work of some of the UK’s most exciting and celebrated artists of the future, first. We work closely with artists early in their career to create new and experimental work, providing crucial time, space and support so they can take risks with their artistic practice. This enables artists to develop new ideas and artworks that they tell us are important moments in establishing their careers.

Whitstable is a small fishing town on the Kent coast, with a different infrastructure from that which shapes most big city biennial arts festivals (i.e. cinemas, large galleries, empty buildings). We work with our artists to find ways to weave their artworks into the fabric of the town, the idiosyncratic halls and huts, the alleyways and oyster beds, pubs, newsagents, beach huts, and bingo clubs, the working harbour and the steep shingle shoreline.

As a visitor or participant at our festival, you might:

Some of the artists featured in our festivals live and work in Whitstable, some in the wider Thames Estuary region, and others are from across the UK and international.

Our festival fringe (the Satellite Programme) is a platform for artists based in our region to try out ideas, and gives recently graduated artists the opportunity to show work.

New artworks made specially for Whitstable Biennale often go on to be shown elsewhere, including Whitechapel Gallery, London; Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany; Bucharest Biennial, Bucharest, Romania; Tanya Bonakder Gallery, New York, Modern Art, Oxford; Imperial War Museum North, Manchester; Serpentine Gallery, London; Bloc Projects, Sheffield; Instanbul Modern, Istanbul; and Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong.

Our most recent festival was held in June 2018. If you’d like to be kept up to date with plans for the next edition, please join our mailing list or contact us on info[at]whitstablebiennale[dot]com / +44 (0) 1227 82 4350.

Whitstable Biennale is part of Cement Fields, an umbrella organisation working across North Kent from Dartford to Whitstable. To find our more about Cement Fields, and our wider programme, please visit our holding page – full website will launch autumn 2019.

Artists, filmmakers, performers, musicians and writers Whitstable Biennale has commissioned and worked with include:

Faisal Abdu’Allah • Mark Aerial Waller • Vito Acconci • Jo Addison • Rosa Ainley • Jananne Al-Ani • Laura Alhach • Analogue Ensemble • The ARKA Group • Oreet Ashery Salma Ashraf • Edwina Ashton • Tanya Axford • Bakudapan • Simon Barker & Jason Wood Clio Barnard • Ruth Beale & Karen Mirza • Sarah Beddington • Oliver Beer • Bernd Behr  Anat Ben-David • Emma Bennett • Anna Best • Julie Bevan • Caroline Bergvall • Rebecca Bligh • Angus H Braithwaite • Mel Brimfield • Tim Bromage • Neil Bromwich & Zoë Walker • Mark Butcher • Bronwen Buckeridge • Alice Butler • Gerard Byrne • Josephine Callaghan • Martin John Callanan • Daren Callow • Lee Campbell • Rosie Carr Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan • Mircea Cantor • Filipa César • Mike Chavez-Dawson • Lottie Child • Adam Chodzko • Paul Clark • Declan Clarke • Leigh Clarke • Libita Clayton • Lucienne Cole • Patrick Cole • Collaborative Research Group • Ali Cook • Chloe Cooper • Augusto Corrieri • Counterpoint Arts • Phil Coy • Creaking Breeze Trio • Jude Crilly • Nick Crowe • Cullinan & Richards • Phoebe Cunningham • Tom Dale • Shezad Dawood Robin Deacon • Judith Dean • Maya Deren • Leslie Deere • Amy Dixon • Sarah Dobai • & Tom McCarthy • Bernice Donszelmann, Helen Robertson & Lucy Gunning • Benedict Drew • Uddin & Elsey • Ruth Ewan • Louisa Fairclough • Simon Faithfull • Marcia Farquhar • Harun Farocki • Peter Fillingham • Jem Finer • Force Majeur • Luke Fowler • Helen Frik • Ryan Gander • Georgia Gendall & Whitstable Marine Environment Group • Tom Gidley • Ian Giles • Sally Golding • Dryden Goodwin • Keira Greene, Katye Coe & Tim Mitchell • Tony Grisoni • S Mark Gubb • Lucy Gunning • Beatty Hallas • Emma Hart • Sam Hasler • John Hegley • Neil Henderson • Therese Henningsen • Matthew Herbert • Tony Hill • Roz Hilton • Peter Hofer • Lauren Holmes & Nicola Priest • Matt Hulse • Abigail Hunt • William Hunt • Evan Ifekoya  Internet (Siân Robinson Davies & Diego Chamy) • {} Interval • Fiona James • Derek Jarman Jesse Jones • Estelle Jourd • Ben Judd • Mikhail Karikis • Nina Katchadourian • Janice Kerbel • Simon Kennedy • Margareta Kern • Kihlberg & Henry • Una Knox • Joachim Koester Serena Korda • Andrew Kötting • Ellie Kyungran Heo • Richard Layzell • Marcus Leadley, David Rogers & Adrian Newton • Sophie Lee • Hannah Lees • Rebecca Lennon • Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski • Deborah Levy • Mark Lewis • Rachel Lichtenstein Kris Lock & Josephine Sweeney • Anna Lucas • Tessa Lynch • Stacy Makishi • Andy Malone Louisa Martin • Goshka Macuga • Jason Massot • Gordon Matta-Clark • Jeremy Millar Gareth Moore • Jenny Moore • Frog Morris • Charlotte Moth • Victor Mount • Simon Munnery Muster Station • The Nantes School of Art • Rosalind Nashashibi • Bruce Nauman • Mike Nelson • Grace Ndiritu • Kim Noble • Sally O’Reilly • Harold Offeh • Mie Olise • Daniel Oliver • Open School East • Katrina Palmer • Katie Paterson • Lucy Pawlak • Oliver Payne • Florence Peake • Alex Pearl • Nathan Penlington • Falke Pisano • Olivia Plender & Unnar Örn • Possibility Archive • Colin Priest • Mark Quinn • Kieren Reed Nick Relph • Camilo Restrepo • Jessica Sarah Rinland • Ben Rivers • Siân Robinson Davies Matt Rudkin • Anri Sala • Margaret Salmon • Ian Saville • Alex Schady • Schtinter • Trish Scott • Zineb Sedira • Lindsay Seers • David Sherwin • Guy Sherwin • Yihan Shi • Roman Signer • Harminder Singh Judge • Bob & Roberta Smith • John Smith • Raine Smith Tim Spooner • Patrick Staff • Gary Stevens • Annika Ström • Alice Theobald • Cara Tolmie Touch • Sarah Turner • Charlie Tweed • Daniella Valz Gen • Natasha Vicars • Roy Villevoye • Becca Voelcker • The Walking Reading Group • John Walter • Water Bodies • Webb-Ellis Tim Wells • Doffy Weir & Dave Draper • Aaron Williamson • Laura Wilson • Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski • Sarah Wood • Erwin Wurm • Chris Yates & Kelvin Pawsey • Charlotte Young • Xiaowen Zhu • Andrea Luka Zimmerman •

Whitstable Biennale is critically acclaimed, with recent articles in the Guardian; Frieze; the Telegraph – see our Press Archive for more information.