a tour in seven parts
On international Womens day 2016 we launched Selina Cooper. Selina is a motor less narrowboat (butty) co-dependent on her sister Adelaide Norris who tows her along the canal. Selina hosts an artist in residence who lives aboard for three months, she is both a private home and a public resource space for women and we offer workshops and social space on board as well as outreach work with partner womens organisations and services.
The seven part tour began on land in Blackburn in 2015 where we worked with Humraaz, a specialist womens refuge and muf architecture to conceptualise what the boat space could mean and become. In march 2016 we launched the newly completed boat in Burnley and welcomed the first artist to live aboard- Martina Mullaney and her seven year old daughter. We spent the summer in Church, Accrington with theatre maker Mojisola Adebayo and this Autumn we moor in Nelson with artist Karen Mirza.
This spring and summer we are based in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire with artists Nicky Bashall & Stella Barnes, the summer we hold our first open invitation and finally we travel to St Helens for Autumn.