Katie Paterson, All The Dead Stars, 2010. Photo: Simon Steven
Katie Paterson, All The Dead Stars, 2010. Photo: Simon Steven

Whitstable Biennale brought people together to experience some of the most exciting new visual art being made in the UK in film, performance and sound. 

Whitstable Biennale was founded in 2002, and the tenth and final edition took place in 2022.

We worked closely with artists early in their career to create new and experimental work, providing crucial time, space and support so they could take risks with their artistic practice and develop new ideas.

Whitstable is a small fishing town on the Kent coast, with no bigger city infrastructure of cinemas, large gallery spaces and empty buildings. We worked with our artists to find ways to weave their artworks into the fabric of the town, the idiosyncratic halls and huts, the alleyways and oyster beds, pubs, newsagents, beach huts, and bingo clubs, the working harbour and the steep shingle shoreline, and to work closely with the people who live and work there. 

In 2020, Whitstable Biennale grew into Cement Fields, working along the Thames Estuary in North Kent from Dartford to Whitstable. To find out more about Cement Fields, please visit cementfields.org.

Over 2022/23 we will be consolidating twenty years of the Whitstable Biennale archive.