On Cohabiting - a Series of Events Focusing on Chiswick Eyot

Part of project looking impact of Mitten Crabs and Himalayan Balsam

Chiswick Eyot. Picture: Old Chiswick Protection Society

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On Cohabiting is a discussion, walk and a screening event focusing on Chiswick Eyot, the small island on the river Thames near the Griffin Brewery.

The series is part of the ongoing work by artist Arja Renell and is based on her long-term enquiry into the gradual disappearance of the eyot due to Mitten Crab and Himalayan Balsam.

Artistic research, conversations and observations have built up over several years of following the work of various scientific researchers, Old Chiswick Protection Society and Thames 21 who have co-organised restoration works on Chiswick Eyot.

Chiswick House Gardens provides a contextual setting for discussing the role of colonialism and global trade in the intentional as well as unintentional spread of many of the species which are now considered alien invasive.




Visiting the Eyot during low tide. (at own risk). The Eyot is slippery and muddy, not suitable for those with restricted mobility. Rubber boots recommended.




The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG

Screening of videoworks by Arja Renell and moderated discussion by curator Taru Elfving on the themes of on cohabiting.

A mitten crab
A mitten crab

The event ends at 9pm and is free of charge. You can join any or all parts of the programme. Register online.

The event is supported by the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland.

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October 2, 2022

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