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Artists taking the lead: South East

  • Date: 16 May 2011
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: South East
Man holding plank in front of boat building site The Boat Project, Artists taking the lead, South East, Lone Twin

Lone Twin, The Boat Project

Lone Twin are asking the people of the South East to donate a wooden object of personal significance, be it a favourite pencil, a much used dining table, or the garden shed, to be used in the building of a sea-faring boat.

The project is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Arts Council England is delivering the project in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Wales.

The boat build is being led by professional boat builder and silver medal winning sailor Mark Covell, who is using a combination of traditional and contemporary construction techniques to create the boat from the donated wood. The boat will be launched in May 2012 in a spectacular event that will include everyone who has participated in its creation.

Crewed by trained community members, the boat will make a maiden 'Olympic' voyage in 2012, becoming the focus of celebratory arts events across the region.

Follow their progress on The Boat Project website.  

About the artists

Lone Twin are Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters, a duo widely regarded as leading in the field of contemporary performance art. Formed in 1997, the company’s work is met with critical and popular acclaim as national and international audiences enjoy an ever-diverse range of works for stage, studio and public space.

The panel

All of the winning Artists taking the lead projects were chosen by a panel of artists and producers. The South East panel commented:

'The Boat Project will show how art - just like the Olympic and Paralympic Games - can bring people together to achieve extraordinary things: A beautiful boat made by hundreds of people from their own personal artefacts sets sail on an epic voyage around the south east, docking at the region's harbours and being welcomed by spectacular celebrations involving thousands of people. The boat will be an extraordinary artistic journey for all those who get involved.' 

Read the Artists taking the lead, South East panel biographies.

Visit the Artists taking the lead page to find out about the other projects taking place across the UK.