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A River Medway Manifesto

As part of artist Stephen Turner’s Sedimental project, LV21 will host free activities on board on 22nd September. These include a panel discussion to explore a River Medway Manifesto and the unveiling of MV08, a surveillance inspired installation with footage from Moonview, a 2008 commission by the North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership. Graduate artists from the University for the Creative Arts also debut their short films inspired by Sedimental.

Free Activities Schedule

A River Medway Manifesto

Thu 22nd Sept, 3-5.30pm
Booking is essential as places are limited.
To book phone 01634 338319 or email

MV08 unveiling

Thu 22nd Sept, 6-8pm
Booking is essential as places are limited.
To book phone 01634 338319 or email

Additional MV08 opening times:
Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm
25 Sept, 1-2 Oct, 8-9 Oct, 15-16 Oct, 22-30 Oct

Rochester Gallery Workshop

Sat 15 Oct, 12.30 – 3.30pm
Create and record a phonic sound collage and river map with artist Jane Pitt, taking sonic inspiration from the exhibition Sedimental. Suitable for ages 12-years-old and over. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.



About Sedimental

Sedimental is a journey of (re)discovery for artist Stephen Turner; an exploration of significance in nature and a reflection on how this can be incorporated into his work.  The exhibition, off-site installation, workshop and public events present layers of meanings surrounding the Medway estuary, which have been a continual fascination to Turner during a 16-year association with the river.

For Turner, the Medway estuary reconnects people in our ever increasing urban lives to the pulsing heart of nature. He examines threads interweaving geology with history, flora with fauna, hydrology and river archaeology, purity with contamination and other such contrasts that make being beside this stretch of tidal water an enlightening and enriching experience.

The estuary’s rich story, animated by people and defined by place over time is the subject of Turner’s intimate conversation and impetus for connection, using the oldest and newest technologies – the muddy clay itself and digital audio and video in collaboration with the river, its histories and its people.

Please note

The renovation of the vessel is an ongoing process and as such some areas are not accessible.

Children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times aboard the vessel. Wear suitable flat, non-slip shoes. Please contact LV21 if you want to discuss any access issues.

Free parking available on site. For directions to Light Vessel 21 please visit our contact page.



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