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Lone Twin Boat Project exhibition opens at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth

  • Date: 26 October 2012
  • Area: South East, South West
Collective Spirit and crew, The Boat Project, Lone Twin, 2012

Collective Spirit and crew, The Boat Project, Lone Twin, 2012. Credit: Photo courtesy of Lone Twin

Aspex Gallery, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, is hosting an exhibition about The Boat Project, a Cultural Olympiad commission produced by UK artists Lone Twin.

Over the course of 2011, Lone Twin's Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan and a team of volunteers and boat builders oversaw the construction of a beautiful 30-ft sailing boat fashioned from hundreds of wooden objects donated from the public, which was called Collective Spirit.

The multimedia exhibition focuses on Portsmouth's contribution to the boat, with art, music and photographs detailing the stories and memories of local people. This includes flags created by artist Jonathan Parsons, which were inspired by memories of the boat's arrival and departure to Gunwharf Quays, photographs by Aaron Bennett, and music by Alonso Mendoza.

50 of the wooden donations - and the stories behind them - came from Portsmouth residents.

This exhibition is the latest in a many for Collective Spirit: this summer, The Boat Project was part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Boat and crew sailed around the South coast to five main ports and hundreds of stops along the way, as well as spending time in Weymouth, in Norfolk and more recently was exhibited at Kings College, London.

Lone Twin Boat Project exhibition opens on Monday 29 October with a private view and live performance of dance and poetry and will be open to the public until Monday 19 November.

Marina Norris, Senior Manager, Corporate Planning, South East, Arts Council England says: 'This exhibition is another example of how this fantastic project inspires conversation and continues to bring us together in our communities.' 

Does Making Things Make Us Human is in partnership with Portsmouth Festivities, Gunwharf Quays, Southern Co-Operative, Aspex and New Theatre Royal Portsmouth.

Lone Twin Boat Project exhibition at Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3BF. Mon 29 October - Mon 19 November, 11am-4pm, free entry.