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).
In terms of maintaining Grace – we’ve tried to make the fixing and cleaning as much a social affair as possible, bringing people together when the heavy work needs to be done - and this is a key part of the whole adventure which I really hope can continue.
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…
Grace’s time @templeworksleeds had come to a close after a lovely 6 months and many a memories for a lot of swandeliers, as fate would have it a series of (literal) events lead to the finding of Grace’s new custodians. Which involves a great thank you to James from Lumen for pointing out the way.
Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival is working in partnership with Atelier[zero] to welcome the Open Source Swan Pedalo, Grace, for her maiden voyage on Manchester’s Canals.
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
Manchester Society of Swandeliers Meeting, Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Some ideas from the washing line of impossibility…
Society of Swandeliers, Manchester Meet-up,
Tuesday 22nd of May 2012, 6-8pm
Info: www.swanpedalo.org / Register: http://swandeliers.eventbrite.co.uk/
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – NOW AT: Cornerhouse
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH, United Kingdom
Last week, Grace the Swan completed her 127 mile journey along the Leeds Liverpool canal, with BBC Radio Leeds presenters Adam pope and Katherine Hannah at the helm. The team were welcomed into Granary Wharf by regional news crews and hundreds of supporters. In all, the Sport Relief pedalo challenge raised over £50,000 for charity. Massive well done to the BBC team, Alison, Adam and Hannah, the Swandeliers who helped out now and then along the way, and of course, Grace herself.