LV21As part of our 25th anniversary season of events and the major touring exhibition Meanings and Messages, we have an artist in residency opportunity, that is exclusive to ACJ Members!

ACJ members were invited to apply for a pilot research and development project titled ‘Ship & Shore’ led by arts organisation LV21 working in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council. This project, delivered through a series of creative artist residencies, cross-sector partnerships, community participatory activities and public events, is designed to build foundations for a vibrant arts and culture offer with a distinct place-based identity at St Andrew’s Waterfront in Gravesend, Kent.

The residency formed part of our programme for the Kent stage of the exhibition tour. The initiative is financially supported by Arts Council England and Gravesham Borough Council.


Selected artist

We are pleased to announce that Jane Sedgwick was awarded the Ship & Shore residency and will be delivering her programme of work linked to the exhibition with our partner venue LV21 - a historic, 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility!

Jane will be at the St George’s open day on the 30th April and there will be a special opportunity for guests to meet her and LV21 Director Päivi Seppälä “onboard” the LV21, as they begin the residency - between 2:30-3:30pm. 


Details of the call for applications are given below:

Residency Brief

LV21, with funding from Arts Council England and Gravesham Borough Council, is seeking to commission a contemporary jeweller / designer-maker to take part in a new pilot research and development project designed to build a solid foundation for a viable long-term vibrant arts and culture offer with a distinct identity at St Andrew’s Waterfront in Gravesend, Kent.

This callout was open to applications from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery members only.

We welcomed applications from all members at any stage of their careers, from emerging to established, but were particularly keen to hear from jewellers / designer-makers with a strong interest in exploring the design and make process through collaborative, community participatory practice, social engagement and skilling-up of participants.

We were also interested in proposals that combine contemporary jewellery with traditional making skills, low tech production methods and inventive use of sustainable reused / recycled materials.

To support the aims of our wider strategic plans we also welcomed applications that have potential for extending the impact of the initial residency phase through development of a longer-term programme of maker led activities.


Residency Overview

This is an opportunity for the commissioned artist to work in a supportive environment, take time to immerse themselves in the residency, explore new ideas and techniques, make local connections and develop new collaborative work inspired by the surroundings.

As the main theme for the residency we would invite the commissioned artist to explore and develop a new collaborative piece of work linking in with the local maritime heritage and/or wider nautical references, such as Ship Badge Designs. We have multiple relevant publications and resources aboard the ship to inform the research, including a vast collection of illustrated archive records of ship badges / crests issued for ships build at the nearby Chatham Dockyard.

The project offers an opportunity to explore ideas and investigate themes around localism, sustainability, diversity, sourcing materials and revisiting traditional skills in a contemporary way.

We are keen to ensure that LV21 Making More group, a small cohort of amateur makers, will be able to take part and support the residency with opportunities for attracting new members to join the group.

As a pilot, the research will also aim to identify potential new audiences and partners.
The residency framework is intentionally very flexible to allow the commissioned artist to have the freedom to develop a tailored approach and inform the final delivery method and outputs.



  • Communicate design ideas to others and encourage active local participation
  • Explore new methods and routes for designing and making
  • Strengthen craft sector offer in the area and extend professional networks and partnerships in the region
  • Build local jeweller / designer-maker capacity and reach new audiences



  • A total of 7 delivery days over the residency period including:
    • A minimum of 1 participatory workshop session with LV21 Making More craft cohort (or another identified group)
    • 1 public facing sharing event (for example ‘drop-in’ workshop activity / taster session, ‘meet the artist’, talk/presentation/discussion, onsite display/installation, public open day, online resource etc.)
    • Attending local Gravesham Arts Salon networking meeting
  • Collaboratively produced new contemporary craft work / piece of jewellery inspired by the local nautical themes, river community and/or maritime heritage (for example a new brooch design for LV21 in the style of a Ship Badge/Crest/Emblem
  • Share updates / visuals of the residency via LV21’s social media platforms
  • Final evaluation report to inform the project development



LV21 will continue to inform and monitor the project throughout. Commissioned artist will receive support for all aspects of the residential from initial planning and preparation to delivery and completion. LV21 will lead on helping with practical arrangements incl. suitable travel and accommodation options and to identify suitable participants, reach targeted audiences, support partnership development, provide access to venues, prepare workshop facilities and organise materials / equipment etc.

LV21 will make all staffing arrangements for any public facing activities including workshop / technical assistance if required.

LV21 will lead on the project PR/marketing and evaluation process throughout the project. A short film documentation of the project will also be produced.
Commissioned artist will have access to LV21’s onboard wi-fi, research library, ‘living museum’ and archive materials and a wide selection of production and workshop resources, materials and equipment. Allocation / need of specific resources to support the residency activity will be confirmed with the commissioned artist.



Light Vessel 21 and St Andrew’s Arts Centre – Gravesend, Kent

The ‘Lookout’ room aboard LV21 will be allocated as the main residency hub but the commissioned artist can also use a variety of spaces throughout the ship and at St Andrew’s Arts Centre, as well as the surrounding outdoor areas to accommodate accompanying activities.

Both venues are located near Gravesend town centre on the riverfront along River Thames. Just a 10 minute walk away from Gravesend Railway Station with excellent fast train services across Kent, London (20 minutes from London St Pancras) and beyond.

There are numerous public car parks within a short walking distance of the venues.

Other transport options include the Tilbury Ferry crossing.

Affordable airbnb accommodation options are located in the town centre / within walking distance of the residency locations with prices starting from £25/night (



The commissioned artist will receive a total of £1,900 residency fee to cover all residency associated costs incl. travel and accommodation.


Key Dates

  • Expressions of interest deadline: 17 March 2022
  • Notification of selected maker by: 21 March 2022
  • Residency period: 29 April-29 May 2022

The contracted total of 7 residency dates to be scheduled and confirmed with the commissioned artist. The dates can be spread across the month-long residency period or delivered as one block of consecutive dates. If required, an agreed proportion of the planning and preparation activity during the residency period can be delivered remotely / working off-site to reduce the need for travel and accommodation.

Residency can commence from 29 April and must be completed by 29 May 2022.

Residency period coincides with the ACJ 25th anniversary exhibition titled Meanings & Messages at the St George’s Arts Centre in Gravesend town centre so there are opportunities to link residency activities with the exhibition and associated events.