The Boat Project arrives at Brighton Marina. Image: Sue Gollifer
The Boat Project arrives at Brighton Marina. Image: Sue Gollifer

THE BOAT PROJECT


MAY - AUGUST 2012
SOUTH EAST ENGLAND


The Boat Project by Lone Twin is making its Maiden Voyage along the South Coast of England


Gregg Whelan (left) and Gary Winters (right), of Lone Twin, the artists who made The Boat Project
Gregg Whelan (left) and Gary Winters (right), of Lone Twin, the artists who made The Boat Project

The Boat Project is an extraordinary new sailing boat, built collectively by the people of the South East region, under the direction of artists, Lone Twin. It is the South East regions Artists Taking the Lead project, and was created especially for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

It is the inspiration for the two projects that we co-commissioned for this year’s Brighton Festival by The Otolith Group and Invisible Flock.

The boat is named Collective Spirit and has been crafted by a fearlessly adventurous team of boat builders and volunteers, and is a living archive of people’s stories and lives. It is constructed from donations of wooden objects given to the Lone Twin team, which have been used to create a unique 30ft seafaring yacht.

The boat went into the water for the first time on 7 May at a celebratory launch event at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, where the boat was constructed. It arrived in Brighton on Saturday 19 May for the first stop on it’s maiden voyage.

It’s maiden voyage continues along the South Coast throughout Summer 2012. Its key stops, following Brighton, are:

Portsmouth – 23 June – 1 July
Hastings – 6 – 8 July
Margate – 13 – 16 July
Milton Keynes – 20 – 29 July

For more details on the festivities happening at each location, visit The Boat Project website.

Musician, Thirty Pounds of Bone, has been commissioned by Lone Twin to write a piece of music to mark each stop on the maiden voyage. The songs are collectively called The Ship’s Log. We particularly love the song composed for Brighton, called The Plunging of Gannets. Listen to it here.


The Boat Project, film by Jennifer Milarski


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