National Trust to launch abandoned boat installation

Artist Luke Jerram and the National Trust have joined forces for a landmark project that aims to raise awareness of climate change.

Jerram's work will feature a number of abandoned boats
Jerram's work will feature a number of abandoned boats

Located in Leigh Woods near Bristol from April 2015, Withdrawn will consist of a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats located in the woodland. The boats will be the focus of a series of special marine and environmental events, performances and interactive workshops, staged both in the daytime and at night.

Guests will be invited to explore the installation for free for six months. It aims to get the public asking questions regarding how the boats arrived there and consider the impact of human behaviour on oceans and waterways.

Withdrawn has received funding from Arts Council England as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital programme and is being delivered in partnership with Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works programme.

Ruth Gooding, programme manager of the National Trust’s Trust New Art Bristol, said: "This is a landmark project for us and we are delighted to be working with Luke and the Forestry Commission to present this ambitious and inspirational work.

"With the changing seasons in the wood, we envisage it conjuring up a variety of emotions and bringing the green agenda of Bristol 2015 and the wider National Trust to the fore."

She added that during the six-month installation period, the boats will also host a varied programme of events and activities.

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