Client: Fal River Links / Arts Council England / Falmouth University
Date: Yearly, 2006 – 2012
Synopsis: An early Fotonow project working with Fal River Links to run a yearly series of contemporary art exhibitions aboard the King Harry Ferry on the Fal River, Cornwall. The project was originally formed by the Company Directors prior to Fotonow being founded. A wide range of artists were commissioned to produce work, in a variety of disciplines including photography, illustration, audio and video.
Brief: The short ferry journey across the river provided an excellent platform to stage temporary installations of work and provide passengers a reason to get out of their cars and enjoy the work and setting! Artists tackled a variety of themes, mostly locally-focussed, including; our relationship with the sea; consumerism; the impact of intensive farming; second homes; fishing and plastic pollution.
Our Approach: A founding principle of our work is that art should be made accessible to all, and so exhibitions in the public realm have always been important to us. The unusual setting of the ferry felt a really appropriate space to locate small, stimulating exhibitions, often thematically linked to the water, and environment. The Embark project set the tone for a range of our future projects based around outdoor displays and exhibitions in unusual spaces.
Impact: The project enabled us to commission a number of early career and graduate artists, and link up with Falmouth University and the Fal River Festival.