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Ikon's Slow Boat makes voyage to London's Chisenhale Gallery

  • Date: 3 July 2012
  • Area: London, Midlands
Young people on board the Slow Boat barge

Slow Boat. Credit: courtesy Ikon Gallery

This month, Birmingham gallery Ikon's floating exhibition space Slow Boat makes its longest journey to date, travelling from Birmingham to London's Chisenhale Gallery along the Grand Union Canal. 

The Slow Boat, which will be crewed by young people from the Ikon Youth Programme and Chisenhale Gallery's youth programme, plus artists Benedict Drew and Sam Belinfante, will make stops along the way delivering a programme of talks, artist-led workshops, film screenings and radio broadcasts.

Vivienne Bennett, Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England, said: 'Slow Boat is a fascinating example of how taking art out of the gallery and young people out of the classroom, and putting them together in an unusual setting, at a gentle pace, can have fantastic results. The project is firing young people's artistic imaginations and introducing them to the engineering marvel and natural beauty of our waterways.

'This exciting partnership with Ikon, Chisenhale Gallery and the Canal & River Trust is just one of the ways in which the Arts Council is working to achieve its goal of providing every child and young person in England with the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.'

Slow Boat is a three-year project set up by National portfolio organisation Ikon, in collaboration with British Waterways, to explore an in-depth, sustained way of working with young people aged between 15 and 19 years.

The Slow Boat leaves Birmingham on Saturday 21 July, arriving at Chisenhale Gallery in east London on Friday 3 August. You can find out more and follow the Slow Boat's journey at: http://ikonslowboat.com/2012/.