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Workman’s Boat Club revisited

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It was a really stunning evening when Claire and I went to the boat club to meet some of the members. The light and reflections were so crisp and defined. As Shay commented the River is always changing.

We made the decision to immerse ourselves in the surroundings, history, implements, imagery, found bits,  forms, shapes, smell, politics and make work in response. This we felt was a more organic approach to introducing the project to the members as they came in to the space.  We were aware that the boat club is after all a place to meet to talk and to make work. Drawing in the space of course prompted enquiry and discussion about sounding lines and another chance to hear the members stories and childhood memories of the club   The other thought we had by us making work in response to their working environment highlighted the respect that we had for their generosity in allowing us into the boat club and the significance of  the lives of the men that had previously worked the timber, invented tools and became part of the social fabric of the building.

Claire Halpin