The Voyagers: press release

War & Peace

2012 is the 20th anniversary of the discovery of Dover’s 3,500-year-old Bronze Age Boat. In response to this, artist Clare Smith is creating two pieces of work, inspired by her interest in the symbolism of boats as vehicles of transition and their connection to mortuary rituals. The project explores personal and collective memory through shared, communal making.

“I would like people to join me to help make a fleet of paper boats and a textile piece to be shown in the Bronze Age Boat gallery of Dover Museum throughout October as part of the anniversary celebrations to mark the discovery of the Bronze Age Boat. We will be working in the gallery itself, drawing inspiration from this amazing archaeological find that Dover is so lucky to have been able to keep.”

Clare will be in the Bronze Age Boat Gallery from Monday 17 Sept – Thursday 21 Sept and from Monday 24 Sept –Wednesday 26 Sept, from 11am-1pm and from 2pm-4pm.

Paper boats of remembrance: Please bring a photo of a loved one you have lost through death, for scanning and printing and make a folded-paper open boat together with the artist. The boat will become part of the fleet of boats, which will be installed and on show throughout October.

Boat cloth of names: Materials will be provided but if you have some dark coloured fabric scraps at home, you can bring them along and any needles and thread/yarn you would like to use. We will be embroidering the names of people you remember: friends, acquaintances, old school friend, lovers…

Clare has invited Rochester-based textile artist Rosie James to run two free contemporary stitching workshops. These will be held in the Bronze Age Boat gallery of Dover Museum, Market Square, Dover, Kent CT16 1PB, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 September. Rosie James’ work is currently on display in the window of the former indoor market at Centurion House.

The Voyagers is a DAD (Dover Arts Development) War & Peace commission. War & Peace is a visual, musical and poetic reflection on place, focusing on Dover’s history and geography through a range of activities involving visual arts, music and text.