The Cultureship is a cultural catalyst that encourages inter-disciplinary collaboration and promotes engagement with our collective cultural and maritime history. Both artistic/ curatorial project and fully functioning historic sailing vessel, the Cultureship produces, commissions and curates high-impact artworks within a maritime context.
In collaboration with the Thames Festival Trust, The Cultureship is producing a series of Thames-based fine art projects for September 2013. London will experience major new works by artists Richard Wilson, Zatorski + Zatorski, Doug Fishbone, Hew Locke, Nikolaj Larsen and Layla Curtis, involving watermen, lightermen, river pilots, steam engineers and sailors. The people of the Thames.

We share, with the Thames Festival Trust, the ethos of promoting access to the arts and we are extremely pleased to be curating and producing a suite of fine art projects on and about the river for this year’s festival.

- Zatorski + Zatorski, the Cultureship

1513: A Ships' Opera by Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski

Saturday 14 September, final performance the Pool of London 8pm

A spectacular water-borne performance for the River Thames by twice Turner Prize nominated sculptor and sound-maker Richard Wilson.

Beginning at sea with a lone steam tug and culminating in a breath-taking light and sound display at Tower Bridge, an armada of historic vessels from the age of sail and steam perform a live, moving, operatic concerto of ships’ steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannon as the not-to-be-missed centrepiece of the 2013 Thames Festival.


The Deluxe River Cruise by Doug Fishbone

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, 1.30pm and 4pm (tours 45 mins)

River cruises with a difference. Join stand-up conceptual artist Doug Fishbone for a unique guided cruise along the Thames - a journey through both the heart of the city and his own mildly warped imagination. You'll never view the river in the same light again.


Portrait of a River by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 September, 10am - 10pm

Multiple self-contained vignettes weave together fragments and traces of the people and places that define the character of the Thames. Internationally renowned video artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen's latest work provides viewers the opportunity to engage with the people that use and inhabit the river, the watermen and lightermen families who know it intimately, and who have plied their trade along it for generations.


Adrift by Hew Locke

All Hallows by the Tower Church
Friday 6 - Sunday 15 September, Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-1pm

A large-scale sculptural installation for All Hallows by the Tower Church - the mariners' church. Hew Locke's whimsical boat festooned with garlands of flowers and foliage explores the spiritual and metaphysical symbolism of the ship and sea travel: an evocation of the final funerary journey.


The Thames (from London Bridge, Arizona to Sheerness, Canada), 2013 by Layla Curtis

View at from 5 September

Focusing on the etymology of place names along the river’s shores and their global namesakes, artist Layla Curtis will examine sea charts and maps past and present to create an original artwork; an alternative map of the Thames.