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Brief Published: 18 May 2011

Floating Cinema


The waterways of East London will play host to a floating cinema this summer. Developed by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie – known collectively as Somewhere – the space is designed by London architects Studio Weave.

The Floating Cinema was commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority, and is funded by Arts Council England. It is part of Portavilion 2011 – a series of temporary pavilions constructed in public places around London, run by UP Projects. UP Projects curator Emma Underhill says: “The canals and rivers provide a very tangible connection running through the five Olympic boroughs and into the Olympic Park itself, and offer a rich environment for the Floating Cinema to navigate.”

The cinema – which will spend the summer navigating the waterways around the Olympic Park – will host small film screenings and larger outdoor film events. The project will also allow Pope and Guthrie to spend time with the different communities connected to the canals and develop a project aboard the floating cinema.