Water Bodies, School of Evolution, 2018. Photo: Lou Lou Sainsbury

Water Bodies, School of Evolution, 2018. Photo: Lou Lou Sainsbury

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Artist Professional Development Programme
Artist Showcase #1 – with Well Projects, TACO! & LV21

Thursday 21 February 2019

UCA Rochester

Join us for an evening showcase and conversation with LV21, TACO! and Well Projects.

Over the next year we will host a series of events which will combine showcases of work by North Kent artists working with film, sound or performance (selected by open call) alongside presentations from invited speakers from artist-led initiatives in the surrounding areas.

The events will be open to artists and curators from across the county to come see new work, meet other practitioners and find out about nearby organisations. There will be a chance for North Kent artists to show work to peers and curators, gain feedback, form new networks and find out more about opportunities to work with organisations who are currently commissioning artists close by.

The first showcase is on 21 February 2019 in the lecture theatre at UCA Rochester (10 mins walk from Chatham Station). A list of the artists presenting work will be posted here.

This event is part of the Whitstable Biennale Artist Development Programme 2019.

About the invited organisations:

Well Projects
Well Projects is an artist-led organisation that operates as an events and gallery space and supports a public programme. Inhabiting a shop-front in Margate, Well Projects looks to the water well for direction; as an interstice in a location, as a reservoir and as a place to gather.

Operating alongside Well Projects is Well Press – a risograph print studio and open source archive. Together they support the presentation and sharing of high quality art and research that showcases a diversity of creative positions within the arts, science, politics, economy, geography and ecology.

Well Projects first major exhibition and publication of 2019 – ‘I’m in the Bath on All Fours’ opens 8th March. More information coming soon.

Well Projects is organised by Kris Lock, George Harding & Emily Whitebread.


Thamesmead Arts and Culture Office (TACO!) is an artist-led space for research, production, and exchange located in Thamesmead, SE London. TACO! is engaged with its local context whilst simultaneously supporting dialogue with artists and contemporary art.

TACO!’s activities are experimental and collaborative. Invited artists are supported to research, develop and realise projects over a dedicated period of time. This research informs a public programme that includes exhibitions, events,  discussions, workshops, screenings, publishing, and co-authored participatory projects with local people and groups. Projects initiated by artists vary in duration. We set an open timeframe with no set expectations on outcomes.

A number of artists projects are long-term and intended as permanent resources for TACO!’s programming or as a resource for wider community use.We take a curatorial approach to selecting the artists we work with, however, we’re always open to exploring proposals and new ideas from artists, curators, audiences and groups which might fit with our current or future programme.


LV21 is a unique floating art space in Gravesend crewed by experienced arts professionals and creative practitioners.

Based on the LV21, a historic, 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility, the organisation are creative consultants and practitioners working with a broad range of people and organisations.

Together they devise, deliver and document art, culture, education and heritage projects.