on the water
A tour in seven parts.
On International Women's Day in 2016, idle women launched the Selina Cooper, a motor-less narrowboat (butty) co-dependent on her sister, the Adelaide Norris who tows her along the canal.
The Selina Cooper has hosted a series of artists-in-residence who have lived on board for three months. The boat is both a private home and a public resource for women offering workshops and social space.
idle women also use the Selina Cooper for outreach projects in partnership with local women's organisations and services.
The seven-part tour began on land in Blackburn in 2015 when idle women worked with Humraaz, a specialist women's refuge, and muf architecture to conceptualise what the boat space could mean and become.
In March 2016 idle women launched the newly completed boat in Burnley and welcomed the first artist - Martina Mullaney and her seven year old daughter - to come and live aboard. idle women spent the summer in Church, Accrington with theatre- maker Mojisola Adebayo and in the Autumn were moored in Nelson with artist Karen Mirza.
Throughout Spring and Summer 2017, idle women are based in Dewsbury in West Yorkshire with artists Nicky Bashall & Stella Barnes. Following this, they are currently running their first open invitation, to creative women to spend short periods of time onboard the Selina Cooper in exchange for running a workshop or sharing.
In the Autumn of 2017, idle women travel to St Helens for the concluding phase of on the water.