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A converted narrow boat, Slow Boat is a unique floating space for local communities and artists to make and experience art in a stimulating and creative environment.

Slow Boat is curated by Ikon’s Learning Team with members of Ikon Youth Programme (IYP). It features a design by Lamorna Conlon (a member of Ikon Youth Programme), boasting a bold and striking exterior which, in part, takes inspiration from the colours repeatedly used by one of the gallery’s founding artists Jesse Bruton.

Looping the Loop (2017–2019) takes place between the canal and community spaces in Birmingham’s Ladywood district. A socially responsive programme, Slow Boat offers a vehicle for greater understanding of the experiences of refugees and new arrivals to the city through artist residences. This autumn, Lucy Orta and MotherShip join together with local communities to create a procession banner based on their personal experiences. Also on the Slow Boat, artist Justin Wiggan presents Dreamboat, a new development of his ongoing research Life Echo. Dreamboat is a unique sleep laboratory exploring the grey spaces between dreams and memory, you can find more details and book a place here.

Details of all public events are advertised on Ikon’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ikon’s Slow Boat programme, Looping the Loop, is supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Michael Marsh Charitable Trust, W.A. Cadbury Trust, Grantham Yorke Trust, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Canal & River Trust.

Slow Boat is accessible by wheelchair via a ramp and lift and crew are on hand to provide additional assistance for foot passengers boarding the boat. We advise visitors to call 0121 248 0708 to discuss any access requirements before booking.