Precarious straits

Various Artists

Survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea

22 May – 19 June 2021

‘Precarious straits ~ survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea’ is a collaborative project from TOMA (The Other MA) and TOW (The Old Waterworks) and is a Creative Estuary co-commission with additional funding from Arts Council England. The project consisted of a group exhibition, a series of events, workshops, a postal care package, new writing and poster commissions responding to the precarious times we inevitably face. The exhibition will be at the TOMA Project Space and a series of events and workshops leading away from the rising tides of the estuary, down the high street and in-land to TOW. Alongside this activity we have invited three writers-in-residence, Holly Firmin, Rose Cleary and Zarina Muhammad from The White Pube, to reflect on ‘Precarious straits…’, these will be published in-house at TOW. There will also be a newly commissioned care package with Bella Milroy, Evan Ifekoya and Jade Montserrat. These three artists will make work to be posted out to recipients who may not be able to visit this month-long programme or be able to access new artwork. We will prioritise disabled people, people with caring responsibilities or people otherwise unable to access arts and culture in person, bringing physical artworks to people’s doors.

Precarious straits care package commissioned artists:

Bella Milroy

Evan Ifekoya


Jade Montserrat

Jane Lawson


Holly Firmin

Rose Cleary

Zarina Muhammad from The White Pube

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