‘…for boats catching fish like journalists catch stories, for asylum seekers looking for haven… a work for Whitstable Harbour’
In June 2006 a collection of newspapers was gathered that simply coincided with the Biennale. People usually collect newspapers because of a royal celebration or a moon landing. This project [full title: Whitstable Herne Bay Dover Folkestone Rye Hastings Eastbourne Brighton Shoreham Worthing Littlehampton Chichester Portsmouth Southampton Christchurch Bournemouth Poole Swanage Weymouth Bridport Lyme Regis Sidmouth Exmouth Teignmouth Torquay Totnes Plymouth Truro Falmouth St Ives Newquay Bridgewater Weston Bristol Newport Penarth Barry Port Talbot Swansea Llanelli Tenby Milford Haven Cardigan Aberystwyth Caernarfon Holyhead Bangor Rhyl Birkenhead Bromborough Liverpool Preston Blackpool Fleetwork Whitehaven Maryport Annan Stranraer Girvan Ayr Irvine Ardrossan Largs Greenock Dunoon Campbeltown Oban Stornoway John ‘O Groats Inverness Banff Aberdeen Montrose Arbroath Dundee Perth St Andrews Alloa Berwick Newcastle Hartlepool Whitby Scarborough Bridlington Hull Goole Grimsby Skegness Boston Wisbech Kings Lynn Great Yarmouth Lowestoft Felixstowe Ipswich Harwich Clacton Colchester Maldon Southend Sheerness Faversham] became an archive of a random period in time rather than one made for reasons of historical significance.
Harbours around the British mainland are points of entry and exit from the UK, delineating the difference between land and sea. The collection presented here perhaps captured harbour towns in a slow evolution away from industrial usage towards leisure and tourism.
Anna Best read stories from the newspapers on each Sunday of the Biennale.