Our Journal includes interviews with our commissioned artists, together with short essays and opinion pieces, images and videos. You will also find posts of artists’ work in development. Check back regularly for new posts.
WB2018 Artists Kris Lock and Josephine Sweeney on their commission ‘The Vase in the Container’, unseen spaces, and the calculated absurdity of spam emails. Interviewed by Whitstable Biennale Assistant Curator Paige Lyons.
Read about the 2018 Whitstable Biennale: ‘Swimming Home’.
Kino Paxton is an emerging and significant new voice in Richard Layzell’s new international work ‘The Naming’. Their relationship is embedded in the process and supported by the legacies of philosophers Heraclitus and Arne Naess, along with composer Hollis Taylor’s extraordinary research into the song of the pied butcherbird. Below is a transcript of Emma Leach talking to Paxton about his relationship with Layzell and his role as activator or trickster in Layzell’s working process.
WB2016 artist Richard Layzell discusses ‘Softly Softly’, his performance for the festival, catapulting soft toys, and the artist use of alter egos. Interviewed by Emma Leach.
Caitlin and Andrew Webb-Ellis on the development of their WB2016 video installation ‘Parlour Walls’, the relationship of water to memory and future directions. Interviewed by Ben Hawkins.
The Third in a series of posts by WB2016 artist Trish Scott discussing the development of ‘Medium’: her new work for the festival, and her collaboration with psychologist Dr Ian Hocking.
Read about the 2016 Whitstable Biennale: ‘The Faraway Nearby’.
The second in a series of posts by WB2016 artist Trish Scott discussing the development of ‘Medium’: her new work for the festival, and her collaboration with psychologist Dr Ian Hocking.
Mikhail Karikis talks to Kiira Laurikka about his WB2016 work ‘Ain’t Got No Fear’, made over the course of eighteen months with a group of teenagers on the Isle of Grain.
Links to the online documents assembled by participants in our 2016 series of artist walks with Ruth Ewan, Mike Nelson & Janice Kerbel.
The first in a series of posts by WB2016 artist Trish Scott discussing the development of ‘Medium’: her new work for the festival, and her collaboration with psychologist Dr Ian Hocking.
Ben Judd has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including group exhibitions JAM: Tokyo London, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo and The Barbican Centre, London; The Galleries Show, Royal Academy, London; Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York; Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Social Creatures, Sprengel […]
Jeremy Millar (b.1970) is an artist living in Whitstable, and tutor in art criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. He curated the film programme, Speak Near By, for the Whitstable Biennale 2012. This short essay accompanied the programme. Near the beginning of her first film, Reassemblage (1982), made during three years of anthropological […]
S Mark Gubb lives and works in Cardiff. Born and raised near Margate, Kent, he works across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dublin Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth), Postmasters Gallery (NYC), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), […]
Anna Lucas has exhibited widely, with recent screenings and exhibitions at Latitude Festival; Outpost Open, Norwich; Tate Modern; Olsen; Leeds Picture House; Whitstable Biennale. Solo shows include FACT, Liverpool; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. She screened Uncommon in a pony box by pedal power on Powerstock Common, Dorset in June […]
Fay Schopen is a writer and journalist living in Whitstable. For the 2014 Whitstable Biennale, her house was used as a site for Bronwen Buckeridge’s sound installation, The Sorrowful and Immaculate Fall of One Hundred Grazing Sheep. Here she writes about her experiences hosting a work for the Biennale. One year ago. It is early […]
Currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne, visual artist Tanya Axford has developed work throughout the UK exhibiting in group and solo shows. She has produced a number of large-scale temporary commissions, for high profile organisations nationally and has work in both The Government Art Collection and UBS Collection. Her practice encompasses site-specific installation, video and […]
Emma Hart is an artist who makes video, sculpture and performance. She participated in the Whitstable Biennale in 2010 and 2012. Jennifer Thatcher, freelance writer and lecturer based in Folkestone, interviews Emma Hart about her work for WB2012 and how it relates to her wider work. Jennifer Thatcher: Could you describe your project for the […]
Benedict Drew’s work uses the apparatus of film, video and music to test and reflect on the relationships we have with technology and its oscillation between the exalted and the commonplace. He participated in Whitstable Biennale 2012 with his video installation NOW, THING, which was sited in the Oyster Indoor Bowls Club. Performance curator Emma […]
John Walter is an artist whose practice includes drawings, paintings, performance, video, song, sculpture and architecture. He participated in the 2014 Whitstable Biennale with his work Turn My Oyster Up, a phrase translated as ‘make me smile’ taken from Polari, the 1950’s gay slang popularised by Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick in the BBC radio […]
Writer and artist Rachel Lichtenstein gave an illustrated talk, with artist Jeremy Millar and chaired by Whitstable Biennale’s Director Sue Jones, at the Whitstable Biennale 2014. Rachel’s talk focused on research she is undertaking for a book on the Thames Estuary, titled Estuary: A Deep Exploration of Place, which will be published by Penguin in […]
Writer and editor Brian Dillon curated the film programme, UR-NOW: The Ruins of the Contemporary, for the Whitstable Biennale 2010. This short essay accompanied the programme. ‘I am convinced that the future is lost somewhere in the dumps of the non-historical past.’ – Robert Smithson It’s a commonplace of contemporary culture that we live our […]
Emma Leach: Your film Tidal Island was shot partly on location in Outer Trial Bank, an artificial island off the Lincolnshire coast. When you shot the original test film you left a camera on the island to capture time lapse footage, so you didn’t know what you would see when it came back from the […]
We commissioned Mark Aerial Waller to create a film programme at the Whitstable Biennale. Mark works as an artist, and also runs film evenings titled The Wayward Canon. His programme for us was screened at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, and featured works by contemporary artists, interspersed with clips from the 1970s TV sci-fi detective series Sapphire and Steel.
Adam Chodzko works in the poetic spaces between documentary and fiction, public and private space. Investigations into memory, archiving, and the imaginary are shaped by the act of looking. Ghost is a custom-built kayak that arose out of a previous film work – but it is also a sculpture, a coffin, bed, costume.
Stages in the Revolution was curated by Andrew Bonacina and Victoria Brooks (The Island), for the Whitstable Biennale 2012. Whitstable’s metal-clad aggregate factory is an unexpected presence on the town’s popular shoreline, looming over the oyster sellers and beach huts for which Whitstable is better known. It is an incongruous industrial presence in the gentrified […]