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We’re pleased to announce that LV21 has been awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding for a 5-month Research & Development activity with focus on identifying new opportunities for organisational development and growing our artistic ambition through exploring the rich cultural landscape of Gravesham and connecting with the wider arts and culture sector across Kent.

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We’re delighted that LV21 features in Stitch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Art, the latest publication by the acclaimed textile artist, author and teacher Cas Holmes, whose textile work is often inspired by her life, the journeys she makes and people she meets. Read more

LV21 hosted a range of family friendly activities at this year’s Tunbridge Wells Mela.

Alongside the exciting stage programme at the Festivals, we invited audiences of all ages to join our crew at the arts zone to create a participatory installation “Changing Audiences”. Dressed up festival scarecrows and face cut out blackboard characters reflecting the diversity of the audience soon became a colourful festival focal point. Read more

The Trash to Treasure project is series of community participatory artist led creative workshops to create coastal and recycling themed temporary art installations for Gravesham in Bloom 2015.

The aim of the project is to engage the community into the Gravesham in Bloom themes through a high quality and inspiring arts experience. Read more

LV21 hosted a range of family friendly activities at this year’s Gravesend Fusion Festival.

Alongside the exciting stage programme at the Festivals, we invited audiences of all ages to join our crew at the arts zone to create a participatory installation “Changing Audiences”. Dressed up festival scarecrows and face cut out blackboard characters reflecting the diversity of the audience soon became a colourful festival focal point. Read more

It’s sometimes difficult to find time in our everyday lives to observe and explore our immediate surroundings; to take in the neighbourhood and reflect on constant changes taking place around us. We feel that the key in developing Medway and Swale as creative places, and involving its residents as active participants in the arts, is to provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds, ages, abilities and interests to do just that – to lookout, reflect on their observations, work on their ideas and create new approaches to help develop an environment where creativity thrives. Lookout is one of four ‘Out of the Ordinary’ projects supported by Ideas Test, an Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places programme. Read more

Photography Location Shoot

Armed with an enormous pile of art and design, we climbed aboard a 1960s steel hulled lightship that’s being transformed into an amazing space for creative people.

A couple of weeks ago we welcomed the team from RedBubble on board for a photo shoot of some of their latest art and design stock. If you don’t already know, Redbubble is quite simply the finest and most diverse creative community and marketplace on the interweb. With artists and designers hailing from every corner of the globe, displaying eye opening talent, skill, passion and enthusiasm for all forms of creativity there really is no better place for you to get your artistic kicks.

To read the full story and see some more images, visit the Redbubble blog.

We are thrilled to announce that LV21’s original optic will be returned to the ship in the coming weeks. We recently made a visit to St Mary’s Island to discuss the logistics of moving the lantern out of the lighthouse across the causeway – the optic has been on display as a tourist attraction at the base of the lighthouse for some years . The Friends of St Mary’s Island have kindly donated the optic back to LV21 and, with assistance from the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, we are looking forward to reinstalling this original feature.

This year LV21 celebrates her 50th anniversary since her launch in 1963. As the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House, LV21 has been recognised as a ship of national historic importance and has been officially included in the Register of National Historic Ships No.2330.

We are planning a number of celebratory events throughout 2013, details to be released soon.