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Lone Twin's The Boat Project opens to the public

  • Date: 2 February 2011
  • Area: National, South East
pile of donations

Donations for The Boat Project, Artist Taking the Lead, Lone Twin, 2010. Credit: Toby Adamson

Lone Twin's The Boat Project, is opening its West Sussex boat shed to the public on 11 February. 

The Boat Project is a region-wide Cultural Olympiad project that will see the creation of a beautiful 30-foot seafaring vessel created from wooden objects donated by people and communities. 

Lone Twin, who won the Artist taking the lead commission for the south east, are inviting visitors to the boatshed every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during February and March. 

Visitors will be able to donate some wood or a wooden object, help out with the boat build, or watch the boat take shape - everyone is invited to take part.

The team, which now includes yacht designer Simon Rogers and boat builder and British Olympic Silver medallist and America's Cup sailor Mark Covell, held several pilot donation days last year. 

So far, they've collected a 15ft mast, a paddle, a figurine from Easter Island, a picture frame, a mirror surround, a house sign, a nativity crib, a South African tribal mask, a bread board, a wooden spoon, a bookshelf, some wooden decking, and more. 

Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters, Lone Twin, say: 'This is something everyone can get involved in, whether you're nine or 90-years-old, live by the sea or in land-locked Oxfordshire. The entire south east, and indeed the country, is invited to get involved with The Boat Project

'It's an opportunity to see the stuff of our lives, our stories and our experiences come together and create something that will stand as a record of our time. And it's something that will bring adventure and excitement to the region for many years to come.'

In 2012, the boat will set sail on a maiden voyage around the south east, manned by a crew made up of people nominated by the public.

Celebratory arts events created with local artists and arts organisations will take place when the boat docks, offering many more south east residents an opportunity to take part. 

The Boat Project shed is located at Unit B, Thornham Marina, Prinsted Lane, Emsworth, West Sussex PO10 8DD

Opening times are 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 February to 20 March. The shed will then be open 26 and 27 March.

Check The Boat Project website for future opening dates.