How to initiate an Open Source Swan Pedalo project…

Below is outlined a process (v1) for initiating projects with the Open Source Swan Pedalo.  This process will be further refined on the Wiki and the most up to date version will be available on its own page on this blog.

1. Decide on a single Project Leader.  This person is the key point of contact – they lead on the management and delivery of the project and they take responsibility for making it happen.

2. Contact this Open Source Swan Pedalo blog in the first instance with your project idea using the comments form.  Try to give as much practical info as you have available: crucially when would the event happen? Who is leading it? And who are the partners?

3. One of the Swandeliers will contact you and begin an email correspondence and, if there is a practical feasibility for the project to happen (in term of timescales/availability) then you will be asked to complete the following process:

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Inspired by the adventures of Grace…

Jude Thomas, of Lines of Desire, describes their recent Swan Pedalo inspired production in the North East:

Inspired by the adventures of Grace…
…was a recent commission realised for Enchanted Parks 2012 (an innovative after-dark arts experience which annually transforms Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical night-time winter wonderland). Dive-in movie was a twist on the 1950s style Drive-in. The Lines of Desire arts collective created an outdoor cinema, consisting of movie screen, projection booth, concession stand and a theatre area where visitors could view the movie from the privacy and comfort of, not parked cars but swan pedalos (which were woken from their Saltwell Park winter nest).

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Friday 7th September 2012:

Grace has been resting up with her new hosts Pyramid of Arts this last month or so. She took on some water during her most recent Leeds Granary Wharf adventure and so she has been in urgent need of a thorough inspection and some basic repairs before she can go on the water again…

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site visit > canal, Oxford Road, Manchester

Photos from the canal down by Oxford Road, opposite the Cornerhouse. A potential site for swan pedalo activity?

Its a short run from Oxford road, down to Rain Bar, with its beer garden, and then some locks, and a little stretch down to Deansgate. Its not too clean at the top end, but it is accessible and people walk up and down quite often, and the bar is obviously a big pull on a sunny day. Sadly though I did recently see a dead fish, followed by a dead cat in floating along. Related deaths