The 2014 Whitstable Biennale
Specialising in film and performance by the British seaside
The quaint British seaside town of Whitstable is usually best known for its shellfish and as a beautiful little getaway from London city life. However, for the next week it will host the UK's latest happenings in contemporary art, courtesy of the Whitstable Biennale – specialising in film and performance.
This year welcomes the work of around 45 different artists – virtually all of which have been commissioned especially for the festival. The event has grown out of Whitstable's very own extensive artistic community, which has developed an international reputation for showcasing the UK's most exciting up-and-coming artists, and engaging audiences in a rich programme, staged every two years.
Now in its seventh edition, the Biennale's plans for 2014 build on that reputation in the most unexpected of places, opening up the parts of the town that day-trippers rarely reach, with the event being woven into the town – into the odd halls and huts, the shops and bars, the alleyways and oyster beds, the working harbour and the steep shingle shoreline.
For example, inside a shipping container at the famous 'Dead Man's Corner' (because it is apparently where everything that falls into the harbour gets washed up), Laura Wilson's film pays homage to the "quayside drama of epic unloadings, shovellings, shiftings and haulage that is the daily business of Brett Aggregates factory", a nearby stark industrial place on the surrounding waterfront.
Find out more about the Whitstable Biennale, here.