Smellwalk with Kate McLean
14:00—16:00 Monday 6 June
Unlike the eyes, we can’t close our noses. We breathe 24,000 times a day immersed in smells, but only paying occasional attention. Smellwalking – walking ‘nose-first’ – proposes a new knowledge of place – what can we learn about Whitstable from the way it smells? Leave your assumptions and embarrassment at home – this sniffing activity is always surprising and attracts curiosity from onlookers! Led by Kate McLean, artist, designer and smellscape mapper, currently Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Canterbury Christ Church University. In partnership with FRANK.
History Tour with Kerry Mayo
14:00—16:00 Tuesday 7 June
Whether you’re a long-term resident or recent fan of Whitstable, this walk will take you on a journey through the streets of the town as well as back through the years. By comparing images from last century with how the town looks now, Kerry Mayo will describe the changes that can be seen and the history that lies behind them. Mayo is a local writer and photographer whose book, Whitstable Through Time, was published in 2014. A long-standing member of the Whitstable Women Writers writing group, Mayo took part in the 2015 Whitstable Literary festival.
Wild Walk with Kent Wildlife Trust
18:00—20:00 Tuesday 7 June
We often take our local natural environment for granted, imagining a more exciting landscape, more interesting wildlife elsewhere. Join us on a (leisurely!) Wild Walk from the Horsebridge Centre towards Seasalter to discover more about Whistable’s natural history and wildlife, expertly led by the Kent Wildlife Trust. A registered charity founded in 1958, the Trust is the leading conservation organisation covering Kent and Medway, and is dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats for everyone to enjoy.
Art Critic’s Tour with Oliver Basciano
14:00—16:00 Wednesday 8 June
Come and hear an art critic’s take on the Biennale, maybe picking up some writing tips along the way. Oliver Basciano is an art critic based in London. Since 2009 he has worked at ArtReview where he is now Editor (International). He also regularly writes for The Guardian and Spike Art Quarterly and has contributed texts to various artists’ monographs.
Birdwalk with Andy Malone
14:00—16:00 Thursday 9 June
Explore Whitstable from the perspective of birds – those that are resident, the summer and winter visitors, and those that migrate through the town. Over 200 species have been recorded in and around Whitstable. Andy Malone is an artist, naturalist lecturer and Chair of the Whitstable Biennale.
Foodie Tour with Emma Wilcox
14:00—16:00 Friday 10 June
Explore the Biennale from the perspective of an avid food lover. Benefiting as it does from the working harbour, ancient oyster beds and its place in the ‘Garden of England’, Whitstable has a well-earned reputation for its food and drink. Emma Wilcox is a creative producer, arts manager and glutton who established a pop-up supperclub in Faversham that celebrates all that is great about Kentish food and drink. She is always keen to share her love for food. Emma has contributed to Phaidon’s new publication Where to Eat Pizza.