Estuary - in June 2011 Rachel Lichtenstein participated in a five-day experiential trip along the Thames Estuary in an 80ft Dutch barge called Ideeal. 

This project was initiated by the artists Simon Callery and Ben Eastop (funded by the Arts Council) and sought to examine the Thames Estuary as it undergoes a crucial period of change. Others on board included filmmaker James Price, archaeologist of the recent past Sefryn Penrose, experimental cartographer Luke Eastop and composer John Eacott.

During this eventful journey the group recorded their experiences, ran events, had discussions and dinners with other seafarers, examined ancient charts, explored the river edge and immersed themselves in the strangely beautiful estuarine landscape.


This short film A Study for the Estuary was made collaboratively by Rachel Lichtenstein and James Price. It charts IDEAAL’s progress from Queenborough in Kent across the shipping channels, to the pier in Southend and compares it to a similar voyage made by the writer Joseph Conrad in 1902, described in Mirror of the Sea

A Study for the Estuary premiered at Shorelines Literary Festival of the Sea, featured as Guardian podcast of the week and has been shown: BBC London news, Quadrangle Film Festival and STILL: Conflict, Conservation and Contemplation exhibition.