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Slow Boat is an innovative three-year programme (2011–2013) involving the Ikon Youth Programme (IYP). They crew a converted canal boat in order to produce, present and promote their own artwork as well as that of others. The boat is a stage for on-board exhibitions, canal-side performances, screenings, installations, theatrical events, talks and activities in various locations en route. The young people take Slow Boat on numerous day and weekend trips, plus longer voyages away from Birmingham along the many canals that link the city to the rest of the country.

Each year a contemporary artist works in residence alongside IYP to redesign Slow Boat. In 2011 Dutch artist Marjolijn Dijkman transformed it into a ‘cabinet of curiosity’. For Irish artist Sarah Browne in 2012 it became a vehicle for the consideration of ‘scarcity’ in modern life. IYP broadcasted Scarcity Radio in the summer during a five week trip to London, in collaboration with Propeller, Chisenhale Gallery’s youth programme.

For 2013 we are delighted to be working with Navin Rawanchaikul. Inspired by his Thai and Indian heritage he has planned our most colourful journey to date, organised in collaboration with sampad, Birmingham’s development agency for South Asian arts. Slow Boat hosts Navinland, a floating campaign to find other ‘Navins’, namesakes of the artist, with many celebratory events on the canals of the Central Shires and East Midland waterways.

Slow Boat is supported by the Paul Hamlyn FoundationSandwell Council and organised in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust.

Keep up to date with Slow Boat activities: www.ikonslowboat.com

Follow us on twitter: @ikonslowboat

Ikon is an Ideas Tap partner- see the Ideas Tap website for current briefs and opportunities.

For more information about IYP contact Kate Self on 0121 248 0708 or by email k.self@ikon-gallery.org

If you are interested in being part of IYP please complete an application form:

IYP Application Form