Lou Lou Sainsbury, Whitstable Biennale 2018, production still

Watch: Lou Lou Sainsbury, ‘Whitstable Biennale 2018’

In 2018, we commissioned artist Lou Lou Sainsbury to create a short video documentary of Whitstable Biennale, filming the workshops, performances, installations and film events along with camera operator Rosie Lonsdale.

They documented Whitstable Biennale as an active participant, seeking moments of sensitivity and self-reflection whilst tentatively exploring the politics of artists working outside of gallery spaces. Treating the curated artwork of the biennale as found material, Lou Lou reveals the undercurrents of motherhood, animality and lost homelands running through the festival.



Works featured: 
Kris Lock and Jo Sweeney, The Vase in the Container, HD digital video installation, Dead Man’s Corner, Whitstable Harbour, 2-10 June 2018.
[Supported by Open School East.]

Water Bodies, Open Day at the Water Bodies School of Evolution, performance lecture, Whitstable Sea Cadets’ Hall Sunday 3 June 2018.

Frank Perry (Dir.), The Swimmer, feature film (1969), screened at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, Tuesday 5 June 2018.

Kihlberg & Henry, Slow Violence, HD video installation, Horsebridge Centre Gallery 1. 2-10 June 2018. Supported by Arts Council England and the Elephant Trust.

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home, reading (of her poems commissioned for the festival), Keams Yard, Whitstable, Saturday 2 June 2018.

Filipa César, Spell Reel, feature film (2017), screened at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, Saturday 9 June 2018. Courtesy Spectre Productions.

Phoebe Cunningham, I Am One with the People, HD digital video installation, Whitstable Library Lecture Room, 2-10 June 2018.

Phoebe Cunningham, The Preacher of Whitstable, performed by Mike Kelson, Whitstable, Saturday & Sunday 2 & 3 June
and 9 &10 June, 2018.

Creaking Breeze Trio, Slack Fulcrum Twelfths (Green Vitriol), performed by Paul Abbott, Seymour Wright, and Ute Kanngiesser, The Street, Whitstable, Sunday 10 June 2018. With thanks to Nathaniel Mackey.

Sally O’Reilly and James M’Kay, I Hear Horses, performance tour, Ebbsfleet, Wednesday 6 June 2018.
Part of the NHS Healthy New Town programme: a partnership between Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group.

Lindsay Anderson, If…, feature film (1968), screened at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, Sunday 3 June 2018.

Andrew Kötting, Lek and the Dogs, feature film (2017) screened at the Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, Saturday 2 June 2018.
With thanks to Jason Wood and HOME, Manchester.

Josephine Callaghan, Summercamp, Firing of the clay oven on Whitstable Beach, Sunday 10 June 2018. Thanks to the artists Tom Barnet and Sarah Cameron whose support greatly enabled this project, and to all who contributed to the kiln.

Salma Ashraf, Chalta Hi Gaya, dual screen video installation (2017), shown and Whitstable Museum & Gallery, 2 – 10 June, 2018.

Patrick Cole, Restaurant, performance, Whitstable Labour Club, Saturday 2 June 2018.

Sophie Lee, amore tremor, audio installation, St Alphege Church, Whitstable, 2018.
With thanks to sound designer Filipe Gomes.

Camilo Restrepo, Cilaos, 2017, digital video (2017), shown as part of the Whitstable Biennale 2018 Short Film Programme curated by Gareth Evans, Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable.