The Voyagers exhibition: press release

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The Voyagers exhibition in the Bronze Age Boat Gallery

The Voyagers is a three-part installation in response to Dover’s Bronze Age Boat on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its discovery. It includes two pieces of work by Clare Smith, made with the help of friends, craftmakers, artists, children and pupils from St Mary’s C of E primary school, the general public, and textile artist Rosie James. The third element is a video piece by French artist Philippe Bazin.

The exhibition is an exploration of the symbolism of boats referencing  the connection between personal living histories and the Bronze Age and the continuing links between Dover and the continent.

Boats of Remembrance:a fleet ofpaper boats made in memory of loved ones that have died.

Boat cloth of names: This piece is loosely inspired by Sumatran ship cloths used in transitional ceremonies, such as weddings, births, and funerals. It is a collection of the names of significant people in the lives of those who have helped make the piece.

Un bateau albanais a 50-minute shot of the port of Durrës, Albania, but as Philippe Bazin says it “presents a space of transition, a port, this could be of Dover …. or anywhere.”

Christine Waterman, Trustee of the Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust said: “Thanks for bringing a new dimension to the gallery and our lovely boat.

Craftmaker and local resident Carol Cunningham said “I feel very excited to have contributed a little part of it.”

The exhibition runs until 31 October and can be viewed during museum opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm. Bronze Age Boat Gallery, Dover Museum, Market Square, Dover, Kent CT16 1PB