A collaboration with writer Rachel Lichtenstein, "A Study for the Estuary" was made following our residency at the end of June 2011 on board the Dutch barge Ideaal.

This project, set up by painter Simon Callery and curator Ben Eastop, and funded by the Arts Council, seeks to examine the Thames Estuary as it undergoes a period of change.

A diverse group, also including archeologist of the recent past Sefryn Penrose, experimental cartographer Luke Eastop, and composer John Eacott, set out on the Estuary for 5 nights, reacting and recording our experiences of that nefarious space.

"A Study for the Estuary", which is intended to be the start of a long process of engagement with the Thames Estuary, charts the group's progress from Queenbrough, across the shipping channels, to the pier in Southend.

It was in Southend that this piece premiered on Sunday 17th July, at the world's first literary festival of the sea, Shorelines, hosted by Metal at Chalkwell Hall.

The sketch was featured in BBC London's preview of the Shorelines Festival, and accompanies the Guardian books podcast that Rachel Lichtenstein made with Iain Sinclair on 17th July 2011.
guardian.co.uk/books/video/2011/jul/16/estuary-history-thames-video?intcmp=239

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