Summer 2015

Meet Me on the Boat

Meet Me on The Boat was a series of creative conversations that took place on a sailing boat out in Tor Bay during the summer of 2015.

"I discovered that everyone has something in common with everyone else and that the world is a wonderful place."

Meet Me on the Boat Participant

Meet Me on the Boat was part of our 2015  Connect and Inspire Programme in which residents of all ages from South Devon and Torbay (Brixham, Paignton, Torquay, Totnes and Dartmouth) came together in many different ways to make connections, create together, share stories, explore commonalities and celebrate differences. In the autumn of 2015 the fruit of these rich encounters were shared through a programme of performances, displays, gatherings, conversations and celebratory events revealing unique insights into the human and more than human life of this ‘bay.’

Participants shared life experiences and got a glimpse into the lives and interests of other people who are also living in Torbay.

The Meet Me on the Boat trips each involved a trio of people from Paignton, Brixham and Torquay. Each boat trip had a different theme that  linked the trio of people together and started an exchange of stories, experiences, interests and ideas: In recruiting people to the project we asked people questions: How are you linked to the sea? Are you trying to preserve a skill, a building or perhaps a fruit? Are you a Torquay night owl? What have your hands made in Torbay ? Do you live with loss? Are you a food grower, a baker, a forager, a food bank user? Are you fighting for a cause? Do you have a journey to share?

The Meet me on the Boat Trip themes were: Sea, Journey, Night, Making, Preservation, Food, Activism and Loss.

The conversations taking place on the boat trips were documented and then shared with all the boat trip participants and a wider audience through an interactive installation on Saturday 26th September at Living Coasts in Torquay. Everyone coming to this final leg of the Meet me on the Boat journey was invited to find out through story, photographs, interactive displays and re-enactments what happened on the themed boat trips that took place with small groups of residents out in Tor Bay that summer.

Meet Me on The Boat was Funded by the Arts Council of England, produced and delivered by Encounters Arts in association with Doorstep Arts.