Slow Boat: Summer 2012 is a major national collaboration between Chisenhale Gallery and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in partnership with the Canal & Rivers Trust. Slow Boat is a converted canal boat that acts as a catalyst for young people (aged 15-20 years) to produce and present their own work, as well as that of other artists. Travelling at an average speed of four miles an hour the journey along the Grand Union Canal connecting Birmingham to London takes two weeks.
With a crew composed of artists Benedict Drew and Sam Belinfante, Propeller and Ikon Youth Programme and gallery staff, Slow Boat arrives in London during the second week of the Olympic Games when it will be moored for one week outside Chisenhale Gallery (5-11 August). Whilst retracing the canal’s historic trading route and the changing industrial landscape, the crew are producing a dynamic programme of radio broadcasts and field recordings, alongside, performances, screenings and drawings presented on the boat and at the gallery.
Benedict Drew (b. 1977) lives and works in London and Whitstable. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions in Japan, the USA and Europe. He has made several works for radio, most recently the series‘Unter Radio’ on Resonance FM. Recent solo exhibitions include; This is Feedback, Outpost, Norwich (2012), Gliss, Cell Project Space, London, (2012),The Glass Envelope, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012). Group exhibitions include, The Map is the Territory, Banner Repeater, London (2012) and The Persuaders, James Taylor Gallery (2011). He is currently a member of the LUX Associate Artists Programme.
Sam Belinfante, (b.1983) lives and works in London. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, solo exhibitions include A Bocca Chiusa,Concrete at Hayward Gallery (2011), Sam Belinfante: Three Works, Southard Reid (2010) and group exhibitions, Cage Mix: Sculpture and Sound, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Trace, Stoltzestrasse 11, Frankfurt (2007).
Saturday 4 August, 4 - 6pm: Celebrate the arrival of Slow Boat at Chisenhale Gallery
Sunday 5 August, 2 - 5pm: Family Workshop – Sound and Canals
Tuesday 7 August, 10.30 - 11.30am: Coffee Morning with the East End Women’s Institute
Wednesday 8 August, 7pm: Film screening selected by Benedict Drew
Thursday 9 August, 7pm: Live music with Lee Patterson and Ruth Elliot
Saturday 11 August, 3pm: Talk – Networks: Radio and The Waterways
All events are free but booking is advised. Please ask at the front desk for further details and to make a reservation.
Special opening hours during Slow Boat: Summer 2012:
3 - 12 August, 1 – 6pm every day plus extended hours for exhibition events