The Faraway Nearby
In 2015 I joined Whitstable Biennale as programme curator for the the festival's eight edition, The Faraway Nearby (June 2016). The curatorial team for the festival was Sue Jones, Director; Gareth Evans, Film; Emma Leach, Performance; Charley Vines, Satellite.
The Faraway Nearby was the first Whitstable Biennale to be given a title, but as with previous years, the curatorial approach focused on developing new work for the town with a brilliant selection of artists - the title arrived later, Sue's homage to Rebecca Solnit's novel and a way to consider the atmosphere of viewing this work in the coastal town of Whitstable. As the Brexit referendum approached, Solnit's sensitivity to how we think about distance and belonging felt like a guide and a frame to work within.