This week I have mostly been inspired by … The Arts Barge Project – their impressive and inventive plans to provide a community arts venue on the river, on a barge.
The question is ‘Can you float their boat?’
So much work has already been done, and right now they need to raise just a little more money, in the next few days, to reach a £5000 target. At the time of writing they need only another £500 or so. How you can help >
Many readers of this website will remember the Arts Centre, in the old St John’s church on Micklegate. This project would provide a replacement, river-based venue. I’m hoping that some ex-Yorkies who I know have fond memories of York, and of the Arts Centre – and who have maybe not yet heard about the funding campaign – will help the Arts Barge Project reach their target.
The vessel pictured is the one they’re hoping to buy – or if not, similar.
It might not look like much just now, and was referred to as ‘that floating skip under Skeldergate Bridge’ in an amusing message on Twitter. But it looked handsome enough for me to take the photo above, when passing about a month ago, though I didn’t know at the time that there were plans for it. It just caught my attention.
By the Bonding Warehouse, in the heart of the city, it was good to see a vessel which wasn’t just there for tourist trips.
It would be good if it wasn’t just sitting there waiting for something to happen, but instead was a happening place.
It’s often said that we should make more of our rivers in the city. Here’s a brilliant opportunity to do so.
They’ve got the skills and the energy and the love …
Have you got some money …?
I missed the event last summer, shown on the video on their website. Did any readers participate in/visit?