Slow Boat was Chisenhale Gallery's collaboration with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, on the second year of Ikon’s Slow Boat project, bringing together the Ikon Youth Programme (15-19 years old) and Chisenhale Gallery’s Propellergroup (15-20 years old) as they shared a creative canal boat journey from Birmingham to London and back again during Summer 2012. Travelling at an average speed of four miles an hour, the journey from Birmingham to London takes two weeks.
Slow Boat arrived in London during the second week of the Olympic Games where it was moored for one week outside Chisenhale Gallery.
The IYP and Propeller crew passed through intensely contrasting landscapes, at times remote and rural, at others densely populated and industrial. The young participants worked with artists Sam Belinfante and Benedict Drew to document their summer voyage and produce a dynamic programme of activities and artworks taking place on the boat and at the gallery.
Slow Boat is supported by the Canal & River Trust as part of its Contemporary Art on the Waterways programme.
Slow Boat Summer 2012 Launch
Saturday 21 July, 12–2pm
Canalside, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
Wave farewell to Slow Boat and its crew as it starts the journey from Birmingham to London. The launch includes entertainment from local musicians, boat-themed cakes and the first live broadcast from Scarcity Radio.
Slow Boat meets Art Works, Milton Keynes
Sunday 29 July, 12–4pm
Canalside, Artworks, Milton Keynes
Join Slow Boat half way to London as it moors next to Artsworks MK, a multidisciplinary arts centre set in the impressive grounds of Great Linford Manor. IYP, Propeller and the newly formed Art Works MK will spend a day working in-residence, subsequently hosting a free showcase afternoon.
Slow Boat Summer 2012 London Launch
Saturday 4 August, 4–6pm
Chisenhale Gallery, London
Propeller and IYP join together to celebrate Slow Boat arriving at Chisenhale Gallery. Expect performances of work produced by the group as part of their journey.
Slow Boat moored at Chisenhale Gallery
Sunday 5 August – Saturday 11 August, 1–6pm
Slow Boat moors outside Chisenhale Gallery on the Hertford Union Canal. As well as visiting the boat you will also be able to experience an exhibition by artist Bennedict Drew and members of Propeller, which explores the surrounding environment of Chisenhale Gallery.
For detailed information about the events at Chisenhale Gallery during this week please click here.
Slow Boat at Stoke Bruerne Pirate Weekend*
Saturday 18 August, 12–4pm
Canalside, Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum near Towcester
Half way home, Slow Boat and its crew stop off to join Stoke Bruerne’s Pirate Weekend.
*Free entry for all those in pirate fancy-dress.
Thanks to Floating Solutions Ltd for help with the pontoon at Chisenhale Gallery.