Dave Kane, Alex Neilson, Chris Sharkey & Alex Ward: Live at Contrapop 2018

On the afternoon of 4 August 2018, as part of a partnership between Whitstable Biennale and Contra Pop Festival, Dave Kane (double bass, Leeds), Alex Neilson (drums, Glasgow), Chris Sharkey (electric guitar, Leeds) and Alex Ward (clarinet/electric guitar, London) performed as an improvisational quartet for the first time. Their 45-minute set took place in a marquee on Ramsgate beach in front of a captivated audience of around 250 people.

Listen to the set here, and read a transcript of the group interview conducted immediately after the performance by Adam Coney, an improvisational guitarist and music scholar based in Ramsgate.

View of Sheppey from the Isle of Grain. Photograph: Matthew de Pulford, 2016

Rachel Lichtenstein: Estuary

Writer and artist Rachel Lichtenstein gave an illustrated talk, with artist Jeremy Millar and chaired by Whitstable Biennale’s Director Sue Jones, at the Whitstable Biennale 2014. Rachel’s talk focused on research she undertook for a book on the Thames Estuary, titled ‘Estuary: A Deep Exploration of Place’, which was published by Penguin in 2016. This journal entry collects an article about the future of the Thames Estuary that Lichtenstein wrote for Aeon, as well as ‘A Study for the Estuary’, a short and poetic film made collaboratively by Lichtenstein and James Price. (Video 16m43s)

Neil Henderson: Tidal Island (production still courtesy of the artist)

Interview with Neil Henderson

by Emma Leach

Neil Henderson’s work has encompassed multiple projector pieces, experiments with the materiality of film and photography, and films about landscape. His work has been shown at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Anthology Film Archives, New York and Modern Art Oxford. He talks to Whitstable Biennale 2014 performance curator Emma Leach about Tidal Island, his work for the festival.