16-25 Nov 2018

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French & Mottershead Waterborne

Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov, Hourly sailings between 12-8pm

8Leeds Dock

(mooring just beyond the lock keepers building, behind Royal Armouries)

Waterborne: an audio work by French & Mottershead

Take a boat ride down the River Aire, and listen to the story of your body’s afterlife and process of decay in water—dissolving and disintegrating, as it is borne from a canal, through a widening river and out to sea. Made possible by Leeds Water Taxi and Leeds Dock.

Sailings on 24 and 25 November, 12 - 8pm on the hour, every hour. To take part, you'll need to book a place.

Where to find us: the boat will leave from the mooring just beyond the lock keepers building. Walk towards the Royal Armouries, keeping the museum on your right and the river on your left - you’ll pass the islands and lock keepers building and see our gazebo. We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before the sailing you have booked.

Written from forensic case studies of human bodies transported by water and research on the ecosystems of rivers and tidal waters, Waterborne is one of four audio works from French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series.

Waterborne from Compass Festival on Vimeo. Video by French & Mottershead and Briony Campbell

Supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, the artists collaborated with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators in developing each piece, researching the minute details of decay in different environments (woodland, water, museum, and home) to create a series of poetic works that puncture our fear of the unknown.

A quayside version of Waterborne will be available anytime 12pm-8pm with no need to book in advance.

If you have access requirements, please contact us before you make a booking on [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: Should the River Aire be in flood on 24th or 25th November then sailings will not go ahead as the waterways will be closed. Audiences will be able to enjoy the quayside experience instead.

Access Waterbourne Here
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Festival Welcome

  • Fri 16 Nov

    1Crowd of Favours

6pm |

The Journey
Closed Forum Presents

  • Fri 16 – Sun 25 Nov

    12Geeks Room CIC

Available throughout the festival. Artist Talk 23 Nov, 6pm, Geeks Room CIC Unit 32, 3 Bramley Shopping Centre |

Public House
Etheridge & Persighetti

  • Fri 16 – Sun 25 Nov

    1Crowd of Favours

Launch event: Fri 16 Nov, 7pm
Beer Glasses available throughout the festival, along Kirkgate |

Walking : Holding
Rosana Cade, Charlie Cauchi and Claire Nolan

  • Sat 17 Nov

    4Leeds Art Gallery

Film screening, 3pm | (45mins followed by Q&A)

Four Legs Good
Jack Tan

  • Sat 17 – Sat 24 Nov

    3Leeds Town Hall

Exhibition 17-24 Nov
Day of live court hearings Sat 24 Nov, 1pm-6.30pm |

Would like to meet

  • Sat 17 – Sun 25 Nov

    2St. Peter’s Mount

Open all day |

Image of voting box in City Square

Measures of Us
Redhawk Logistica

  • Mon 19 – Sat 24 Nov

    5aLeeds City Square

  • Mon 19 – 23 Nov


  • Mon 19 – 23 Nov


  • Mon 19 – 23 Nov


  • Mon 19 – 23 Nov


  • Mon 19 – 23 Nov


  • Mon 19 – 23 Nov


Neighbourhood Voting: Mon 19 – Fri 23 Nov
City Centre Exhibition: Sat 24 Nov, 12pm - 7pm. Artist talk 4pm | , FREE

Steam of Life
Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen

  • Thu 22 Nov

    11North Star Coffee Roastery

Doors and food 6.30pm. Film screening 7pm (80mins) |

1000 Handshakes
Sarah Caputo & Brenda Unwin

  • Thu 22 – Sat 24 Nov

    6Leeds City Bus Station

10am-7pm | , FREE

The Demolition Project
Debbie Kent & Alisa Oleva

  • Fri 23 – Sat 24 Nov

    7Leeds Kirkgate Market

10am - 4pm, Artist talk Sat 24 Nov, 4pm |

Bethany Wells

  • Fri 23 – Sun 25 Nov

    9Leeds Dock (outside Primal Gym)

1pm-9pm | Bring your own towel or borrow one of ours. Changing rooms, lockers and showers are available., FREE

French & Mottershead

  • Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov

    8Leeds Dock

Hourly sailings between 12-8pm |

Critical Writing Workshop
Diverse Actions

  • Sun 25 Nov

    10Live Art Bistro

11am–1pm |

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