Ben Langworthy

Artist-explorer Ben Langworthy aims to drag sailing boat through Plymouth

Ben Langworthy

Plymouth artist is embarking on a feat of endurance next week as he attempts to drag a 10ft sailing boat from Sutton Harbour to the new gallery at Plymouth College of Art.

Ben Langworthy will start the attempt on Tuesday night (October 19) and over the course of three nights will haul the boat across land, road and pavement, mooring it at various locations in the city during the day.

Ben told ArtsCulture: “I’ve had the image of a boat being hauled across land in my mind for a long time now and when I was asked to come up with a work for this Plymouth-based project it seemed ideal.

“The work is called I Took It With Me. It’s a reimagining of Nordic rituals, Shackleton adventures and portage or the tradition of hauling boats across land to reach another sea. It explores our inability to let go of things intended as methods of escape that then become dead weights. I know it’ll be extremely tough physically, but I’m hoping that the sight of a sailing boat, totally out of place, will stop people in their tracks.”

On reaching Plymouth College of Art the boat will form part of The Sutton Youth Initiative exhibition at the recently opened gallery.

Hannah Jones, curator at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Ben’s work I Took It With Me is part of The Sutton Youth Initiative, a group show that also includes four other emerging Plymouth artists.

‘Through their diverse practices the group have explored a range of responses to an event experienced by them in their teens during a sailing lesson off Sutton Harbour. The shadow of the event is mythologised by its repeated referencing in their individual and collaborative work.”

Ben added: ‘It’s really encouraging that in these tough times the arts scene in Plymouth is thriving and growing. It’s an exciting city to be in right now and I hope this show really demonstrates that.’

The Sutton Youth Initiative opens on 1 November and runs until 27 November.

The gallery at Plymouth College of Art is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday 10am to noon on Saturdays, visit the website for more information