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About Light Vessel 21

LV21 is a 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility, designed to provide a range of services promoting and supporting the creative industries while celebrating and honouring the maritime traditions of the vessel. LV21 is a unique venue with an individual and distinct identity, one of Kent’s prime platforms for cultural activities across diverse artistic disciplines.

An integral aim of the LV21 project is to help rejuvenate the riverfront and improve the public realm, bringing new life to what was once a busy commercial thoroughfare. LV21 will endeavour to act as a beacon, attracting the community, visitors and businesses to the riverside and establish itself as an iconic landmark. It is a celebration of the area’s historical maritime importance and creative community, a brand synonymous with creativity, innovation, regeneration and rejuvenation – a leading light in Kent’s cultural offer.

Lightvessel 21 served the mariner superbly throughout its period of service with Trinity House. We are pleased to see the vessel be put to a use in which future generations will appreciate the important role this vessel played throughout her working life. Trinity House

The CrewFind out more about the people behind the LV21 project.

From the Ship’s Log

LV21 Moors at the Heart of Gravesend

After an extensive Arts Council England, Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council supported research Read more

LV21 Embarks On A New Journey

We’re pleased to announce that LV21 has been awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Read more

LV21 – A Stitch Story

We’re delighted that LV21 features in Stitch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Read more