Project links young people with Black Country arts, heritage and cultural organisations
Spring events include Showcase Tour, Community Duck Race + Canal Clean-up
Ikon’s Black Country Voyages (2014–2017) is an art programme run for local young people, aged 15–19 years old, involving members of the Ikon Youth Programme (IYP).
It takes place on board the Aaron Manby, a converted canal boat, generously lent to Ikon by Sandwell Council. For three years Black Country Voyages is navigating the Black Country’s industrial canal routes, visiting multiple locations including Cradley Heath, Tipton, Brownhills, Oldbury, Netherton, Stourbridge and Wednesbury. The programme includes a series of events and exhibitions inspired by nature and the heritage of the Black Country, organised in collaboration with local arts, heritage and educational organisations.
This spring, events for Black Country Voyages include a Showcase Tour with Midlands based artists Juneau Projects, a community fundraising Duck Race in Smethwick and a Canal Clean-Up, also taking place in Smethwick.
Black Country Voyages is organised in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and is supported by Arts Council Strategic Touring, Canal & River Trust and Sandwell Council. For more information visit www.blackcountryvoyages.org or call Ikon on 0121 248 0708.
Twitter: @bcvoyages #blackcountryvoyages