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2015: On Tour

Looping the Locks: Brentford to Bristol & Back Again

4 June - 2 August 2015

The Floating Cinema’s 2015 cultural programme, included Floating Cinema on Tour - it was the cinema's first voyage outside the capital as well as a London programme, supported by an impressive group of partners including the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery; Arts Council England and Canal & River Trust.

The Floating Cinema, a regular summer cultural highlight in London decided to tour across South West England. Departing in June, from Brentford Lock and cruising along the Kennet & Avon Canal across Berkshire, Wiltshire and through Bath before arriving into Bristol in early July 2015. The unique mobile arts hub captured the imagination and interest of new audiences on route with its exciting programme of free films, al fresco bankside screenings, workshops and talks.

The Floating Cinema Tour drew inspiration from the unique ecology, rich history and heritage of the waterways as well as key sites including Brentford Lock, Crofton Pumping Station, Caen Hill Locks and Bristol's Floating Harbour. The programme included screenings of specially selected films from local and national archives co-curated by artist duo Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (Somewhere). Floating Cinema On Tour event partners included Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, Cube Microplex, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and Archive and Canal & River Trust.

UP Projects also commissioned artist and musician, Yann Seznec who travelled the 5 week journey to Bristol aboard the Floating Cinema and created a digital library of ‘forgotten sounds’ and musical responses, created with communities along the route.

2015: Extra-Terrestrial


August - September 2015

An extraordinary film and events programme that travelled across the waterways of London exploring life beyond Earth; where science meets art through film, literature, visual arts, music and hands-on educational activities.

This summer the Floating Cinema's London programme, set journey beyond earth, to explore our relationship with outer space; from imagined alternative worlds and the historical race for space travel to alien invasion!

An immersive space odyssey, the Extra-Terrestrial programme included open air screenings of sci-fi cult classics, a summer space school and a series of on-board talks which bring together scientists, writers and enthusiasts. Weaving between the absurd and the factual, this exciting programme offered a timely commentary on contemporary issues surrounding the Earth's sustainability, the commodification of space and what it is to be an 'alien'.

2014: Extra-International

12 June – 21 September 2014
Extra-International events across London’s waterways

So much more than cinema…

The Floating Cinema 2014 presented a summer programme of events devised by artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie). This unique canal boat, designed by Duggan Morris Architects, journeyed from east to west London, hosting on-board events such as performances, talks, workshops and screenings, alongside open air ‘Weekenders’ in partnership with leading film festivals and cultural partners from around the world.

‘Extra-International’ focused on themes of migration, and the interpretation of the UK, its culture and its people through the experiences of other nationalities. Taking the waterways as a framework, the programme also explored themes of transient cultures and the shifting context of the canals, rivers and seas both locally and internationally.

“London’s docks, canals and rivers have always been at the heart of this multi-cultural city and the Floating Cinema’s east end home is one of the most diverse areas in the world. The new ‘Extra-International’ programme celebrates this diversity both at home and with content from abroad with films, events, performances and tours celebrating waterborne communities around the globe.” Somewhere, 2014

Working in partnership with Ambulante (Mexico City), Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester, UK), and Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Jihlava, Czech Republic) the programme showcased global film and cultural highlights with a special focus on Central and South America, China and Central and Eastern Europe.

The 2014 programme presented newly commissioned work, with the third year of a Live Art Commission in partnership with Live Art Development Agency, as well a programme of commissioned talks and tours which continue to highlight the value of the waterways from ecological, heritage, political, cultural and social perspectives.

The Floating Cinema Education programme featured the creation of a new environmental project in partnership with St Paul's Way Trust School and artist collective Guerilla Science, a series of creative workshops and commissions specially created for young people and a volunteers training scheme.

The Floating Cinema is supported by The Legacy List, the charity of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in partnership with Canal & River Trust. UP Projects' Floating Cinema is part of the Portavilion programme of temporary pavilions and structures for London's public spaces.

Check the Events Page for full events listings and bookings.
Check the Commissions Page for new Floating Cinema commissions.

2013: Extra-Ordinary

Building on the resounding success of the Floating Cinema 2011, UP Projects launched a brand new Floating Cinema at the end of July 2013. Designed by Duggan Morris Architects and working in partnership with artists and filmmakers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (aka Somewhere), the cinema featured an “Extra-Ordinary” programme of outdoor screenings, canal tours, workshops and events along the waterways of East London and beyond.

“We wanted this year's programme to say that it's London's ordinary people that make its culture so extraordinary, and to spotlight some of those people and what they do in life, as well as to make sure they are at the heart of the programme as an active audience. The Extra-Ordinary theme offers a celebration of the overlooked and 'ordinary' in life, and brings to the fore the brilliance to be found on our doorstep." Somewhere 2013

Duggan Morris Architects were selected via an International Open Call Architecture Competition produced in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation. Check the Boat page for more information.

The Floating Cinema 2013 was supported by The Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg as part of Bloomberg East in partnership with the Canal & River Trust. The Floating Cinema is part of UP Projects' Portavilion programme of temporary pavilions and structures for London's public spaces.

The project was also supported by the following organisations and crowdfunding supporters.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Formica Group, Atrium Lighting,Arper and Perspex supporting the boat fabrication.

City Bridge Trust and King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP)supporting the events and education programme.

Arts Council England

Queen Mary, University of London

Check the Events Page for 2013 events.
Check the Commissions Page for 2013 commissions.