Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) are a group of young people aged 16-21. Together we make artwork, meet artists, publish writing and organise events.
IYP ON SLOW BOAT
With the support of Freelands Foundation, over three years (2021-24) Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) navigates the waterways on board Slow Boat, a converted narrow boat. IYP are collaborating with creative thinkers and makers to reimagine Slow Boat as a local art school.
Set against the backdrop of funding cuts to arts education, we are expanding the alternative curriculum offered by IYP, raising fundamental questions concerning the definition and relevance of art.
YEAR ONE, 2021-22
In the first year of the project, IYP delved into thinking and making – exploring performance, craft and conversations around arts education. With the help of artist Betsy Bradley, they transformed Slow Boat, designing a radical ‘dazzling’ new paint job for its exterior. IYP took up residence in some of Birmingham’s creative workshops, where they were introduced to traditional jewellery-making, as well as experimental clay work.
IYP have produced a publication documenting Slow Boat, Year One, available here.
If you would like a print copy, please email email@example.com.
WANT TO JOIN IYP?
If you are aged 16-21 and have an interest in or curiosity about contemporary art, you can join a group of likeminded people who meet regularly to talk about art, programme new events, work with artists and develop their creative practice.
HISTORY OF SLOW BOAT
For ten years IYP has navigated Slow Boat around the waterways of the West Midlands and beyond. Learn about the history of the boat and the artists who’ve worked on it.