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4th Jul, 2022

Compton Verney searches for boating stories for launch of new artwork

KNOW a good boating story? If so, it could appear as part of a work of art.

Country house art gallery Compton Verney, near Wellesbourne, is literally launching an artwork later this year by Luke Jerram.

The art installation will consist of ten rowing boats, installed on the lake of Compton Verney. Each of the boats will contain a small set of speakers which play different stories gathered from around the world to the people who are onboard.

Visitors will be able to choose a boat and row out into the lake for 30 minutes and on the audio journey, be transported to another life and circumstance.

The live sounds of the rowing boat on the lake will blend with the recorded audio, to help create an engaging and immersive experience.

And Luke and curators are now looking for fascinating and extraordinary true stories from the UK and around the world involving boats, which they can record with the person donating their story and make into a sound recording for this new artwork.

Luke said: “It could be a true life-saving story involving a boat at sea, a story from a fisherman, stories of escape by boat, story of a rowing boat race, a story of migration, journeys of adventure and discovery by boat, a story of mythology you were told involving a boat, a metaphorical boat trip such as a true story of drifting/floating from one mental state to another … or anything else, we want to hear from you.”

Email a sound recording made on a phone that captures the gist of the story to stories@comptonverney.org.uk. The deadline for story submissions is February 22.

 

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