Lookout21: Afloat; Ashore; All hands on deck

Lookout [?l?k?a?t]

A vantage point with a view of the surrounding area; an observation post from which to keep watch or view landscape; a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings.

LV21 is a floating cultural venue – formerly a working lightship – berthed at Gillingham Pier. Owned and run by artist Paivi Seppala and photographer and film maker Gary Weston, it’s been at the centre of Medway’s fast-beating creative heart for four years.

Photo: Gary Weston
Photo: Gary Weston

One of the original consortium members who successfully bid for the Arts Council Creative People and Places funding, LV21’s way finding Out of the Ordinary ‘Lookout’ project is about to enter the final phase of its artists’ residences, with Dizzy O’Dare and the Neale Family due aboard.

Photo: Gary Weston
Photo: Gary Weston

Paivi says: “Lookout is an observatory, a retreat for reflection, a laboratory for testing new ideas, a meeting place for swapping stories, sharing skills and building lasting partnerships. But most of all, it is an outlet for local people to celebrate what’s on our doorsteps, share dreams and work on their most creative ideas for improving access to great arts for all.”

Photo: Gary Weston
Photo: Gary Weston

Pop up Lookout Posts led by artists and local residents are appearing throughout Medway. If you’d like to find out more about running a pop-up workshop of your own, or submitting a proposal for Lookout21, please email: thecaptain@lv21.co.uk

Photo: Gary Weston
Photo: Gary Weston

The residencies began back in September, with numerous events taking place both on board and in the wider Gillingham area. Full documentation on the project can be found on the dedicated website here: http://www.lookout21.co.uk/

Gallery: Ship Shape Up, March 8th.

Gallery: Jaye Nolan