Ikon’s Slow Boat programme takes place onboard the Aaron Manby, a canal boat generously leased from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Read more about its history.

Ikon Slow Boat

SLOW BOAT
(2011-13)

Slow Boat was created in response to the Ikon Youth Programme’s request for ‘a space of their own’ and they used it to produce, present and promote their work. IYP also worked with other artists to turn Slow Boat into a ‘cabinet of curiosity’, a radio station and a floating campaign considering notions of identity, taking journeys around the Midlands and to London and back.

Resident artists: Yto Barrada, Sam Belinfante, Sarah Browne, Clayground Collective, Companis, Marjolijn Dijkman, Benedict Drew, Propeller, Queen & Crawford, Navin Rawanchaikul.

BLACK COUNTRY VOYAGES
(2014-2017)

Black Country Voyages saw Slow Boat navigate the West Midlands’ canal network with a focus on the Black Country. It became a space for stories of displacement and migration, a floating laboratory of herbal concoctions and an archive of people’s ideas about the natural world.

Resident artists: Mahtab HussainJuneau ProjectsJacques Nimki.

LOOPING THE LOOP
(2017-2019)

Looping the Loop took place between the canal and community spaces in Birmingham’s Ladywood district. During this time Slow Boat was the vehicle for a socially responsive programme, with a particular focus on encouraging greater understanding of the experiences of refugees and new arrivals to the city through artists’ residencies.

Resident artists: Birmingham Contemporary Music GroupCelebrating Sanctuary BirminghamMax EastleyMahtab Hussainidle women, Dion Kitson, Matthew Krishanu, James Lomax, Claudia Losi, Maral Mamaghanizadeh, Mothership Projects, O Yama O, Ming de Nasty, Kateřina Šedá, Jane Thakoordin, Justin Wiggan, Kaye Winwood (Slow Boat Producer).

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Slow Boat05.09.2017
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Looping the Loop with Ikon’s Slow Boat
Ikon Gallery’s Slow Boat has recently undergone a transformation as it embarks on its next three year programme, Looping the Loop.

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