12 – 25 July 2011

Interchange was a fortnight of artistic activity and dialogue along the Grand Union Canal and River Nene in Northamptonshire, taking place around the Olympic Open Weekend in July.

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art invited artists David Littler, Jo Roberts and Simon Woolham to be based on a narrow boat to make new work and engage with communities based alongside the banks and on the water as part of FLOW Northamptonshire.

The artists explored the changing rural, urban and industrial landscapes through collaborative and research based art practice and took inspiration from the culture and aesthetics traditionally associated with inland waterways such as textiles and canal songs.


David Littler continued his ongoing project sampler-culture clash, through which he collaborates with a range of people including vocal percussionists, DJs, performance poets and embroiderers to create events exploring sampling as a creative process and the connections between people, sound and textiles.

See David’s blog for more information:

Jo Roberts calls herself a ‘Commentariographer’, a word last used in 1576 to describe “someone who writes, mediates, ponders, portrays or records.” Through her project The Art of Slow Jo, Jo will explore the effect of slow travel, recording her journey through time and distance.
Jo brought along a portable letterpress printer to create posters for the journey, including a Poster for the Day, to share common thoughts.

Follow Jo’s journey via

Simon Woolham will use local urban myths, stories and folk songs associated with the river and canal to create hand drawn posters, which he will give to people he encounters on and around the canal and river and share their stories.
As part of the artist collective M4SK22 – who mix music and film, soil and dust, samples and software, Internet archives and drawing – Simon collected atmospheric and incidental sounds, as well as reworked canal songs, to create a new sound track for the journey.

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