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Sat 9 September @ Sat 9 September Sat 7 October @ Sat 7 October

Sat 9th Sept – Sat 7th Oct

Olivia – A Micro installation, Clayden Gallery
by Teresa Grimaldi and Sarah Vardy

Olivia – Photographs, Cafe Wall
by Samuel French

The work re-tells the extraordinary life of Miss Parkes, who lived in Ventnor for almost 40 years in a dilapidated boathouse held up by stilts. Using animated micro ‘vignettes’ within a replica wooden model boathouse, it is accompanied by audio recordings of Ventnorians who remember her.

Olivia’s life raises many questions about how unconventional people are treated within society. The scene captures the details of her daily existence, intriguingly opening a window on the spirit of a woman who dared to live differently

Photographs by Samuel French will be on display in our Café that capture the Olivia project during Ventnor Fringe Festival as well as images inspired by her story.


Short film screening, artists’ talk, and tour of the Olivia Exhibition held with the exhibiting artists’ Teresa Grimaldi and Sarah Vardy on Oct 1st. Spaces for this event are limited, for more details and to book your free place, please click here.

Olivia Parkes Instagram


Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Projection Viewing, 10am – 2pm

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