Saturday 16th October - Thursday 21st October 2010

Calder Hebble Navigation, Rochdale Canal, Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK

As part of Over Yonder in collaboration with East Street Arts' Social Club 2010, Contents May Vary produced Boatelier which used the alternative, ready-made exhibition and performance space of a narrow boat navigating the Rochdale Canal for the location of an exhibition of three event-based works. Each artist produced a participatory event for Boatelier which takes the idea of connecting the twinned locations of the Aire and Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, England and the Ruhr Valley in Germany and explores the social, historical and political similarities and differences.

From the 16th to the 21st of October, Contents May Vary moored at advertised locations where they presented their event based works. Throughout each event they collected artefacts which were added to a collection on board the boat, accumulating throughout their journey.

Artists In Residence joined the Boatelier crew and presented additional exhibits that formed part of the Boatelier collection: Michael Burkitt, Edwyn Butler, Helen Collett, Myles Donaldson, Johanna Goetze, Chris Hurford, James Moffat, Kerry Morrison, Janie Nicoll, Rosanne Robertson and Gabriel Stones.

Download the artist information: (1.1MB pdf)

Contents May Vary invited members of the public aboard the boat to experience the collection and the results of the events. Refreshments were provided and visitors discussed everything from art to boating with the artists.

Saturday 16th October: Sowerby Bridge (The Moorings)
Sunday 17th October: Todmorden (The Golden Lion)
Monday 18th October: Hebden Bridge (Alternative Technology Centre)
Tuesday 19th October: Todmorden (The Golden Lion)
Wednesday 20th October: Sowerby Bridge (The Moorings)
Thursday 21st October: Hebden Bridge (Alternative Technology Centre)

The results of Boatelier will be then exhibited in Propellart as part of the Social Club 2010 finale at East Street Arts' Union 105 in Chapeltown, Leeds, previewing 18th November 2010 continuing to 9th December 2010.

The artists will also give a talk on 24th November, 5-7 pm, at Union105 as part of Weds@105 Series 2: On Collaboration and Collectivity.

More information:

Boatelier Flickr:
Boatelier Blog
Over Yonder
East Street Arts
Union 105

Over Yonder: Boatelier was made possible by the support of West Yorkshire Grants, Marketing Leeds, Jet2 and Leeds City Council.