We’re nearing the end of the planning process, and we’re well under way with constructing and fabricating all the component parts of the artwork in our Sheffield workshop. We’re on to Arch C (3 of 6), and have one Skiff, nearly two upright Boat Seats finished, one more upright Boat Seat started and the keel for the final Skiff made.

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Towards the end of August, we plan to start on the Timber Bones (for the bottom of the dock) and the two final Grounded Boats (at pavement level).

The sister site for this White Hart Dock Public Art & Community Engagement Project blog can be found at its new home here. It documents the creative learning projects done with local primary schools, has archive information on local issues and topics, and has loads of great photos of things that have been produced so far.


Thanks for everyone’s imput into this phase of the project.


Etched boat

The inner face of the Dock Boat (our first Skiff) is slowly filling up with patterns, marks, doodles and letters. People are being invited to carve and draw from inside the boat, whether it be in Lambeth or Yorkshire. This boat will end up floating around White Hart Dock as part of the artwork.

On Saturday 18th July 2009 we took part in the Lambeth Country Show, giving everyone there the opportunity to hone their artistic and woodworking techniques. We invited people to get in the first boat and leave thier mark. This boat is part of the permanent artwork to be installed in White Hart Dock in August 2009.

The Skiff comes to LambethKids come to play and make friendsCarving patterns, words and initials

Launch Event ideas


There will be a celebratory summer/autumn “Launch” to formally introduce the new sculptures to the community, taking place in and around the dock itself (Albert Embankment, Lambeth).

Originally thought of as a fire show (to have taken place at the beginning of 2009), the format is developing to have flags/flares/flowers all in the mix. There will definitely be the opportunity for people to make things and do things during the day. Other ideas mentioned so far have involved temporary arches to be burned, a burning viking ship, a workhorse fire sculpture, fire lanterns with patterns made/inspired by local schoolchildren’s artwork or Royal Doulton, steam and burning, floating sculpture, depending on the tide.

Spectacular fire

Again, contact us at to stay informed, leave a note at the bottom of the page or come back here for times and dates.

Any more ideas at this stage would be great. The plan will be developed as the project moves forward.


Local primary school pupils have been exploring themes relating to their surroundings, Lambeth and White Hart Dock.

An online exhibition is being put together to display what the found. Work from their projects will also be appearing in local venues later in the year.

Vauxhall Primary

Walnut Tree Walk Primary