Hairy Barge Event Day - Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

By lucy, March 1, 2022


Hairy Barge Event Day

Saturday 26 March 12.30 – 3.30 pm

Coventry Canal Basin, CV1 4LY



A number of talks and workshops at the intersection of heritage, craft and contemporary art to mark the arrival of our Hairy Barge into Coventry; bringing our straw harvest to the communities that will help to transform it this Spring/Summer into the Hand Earth Gesture Return public art installation. Learn more about the programme and how you can get involved.





We’d like to acknowledge and thank all our supporters to date, including the National Lottery players.

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We are delighted to be collaborating with the Canal and River Trust who are providing one of their heritage working boats for this programme. Special thanks to the Heritage Boat Team who have kindly volunteered to steer the boat over the four day journey from Hatton to Coventry.

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Activities will relocate to The Tin Music and Art Space, also on the Canal Basin, if the weather is bad.




Canal Basin in the city of Coventry England

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Nearest Car Park on Draper’s Fields






12.30 – 1.30 pm
Hairy Barge Arrival

A sculptural intervention, made from straw, atop heritage working boat Scorpio (Canal and River Trust). Created by master thatcher Westley Marriott.

Boat welcomed by Kadence Music drummers.


12.30 – 3.30 pm
Clay and Straw Making Workshop | Drop-in Taster Session

Get your hands dirty with clay and straw.
Learn traditional craft skills and apply them to making contemporary sculpture.
Activity led by Pangaea’s Zoe Petrie.

Drop-in anytime throughout. There’s no set time duration but we anticipate people
staying  for 30-60 minutes depending on how much fun they’re having.
No experience necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To guarantee your place / time slot book now. Walk-ups also welcome but you may have to wait.

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2.30 – 3.30 pm
Hand Drumming Workshop | Drop-in Taster Session

From Rappers Delight on the dhol, to Funky Drummer on the djembe, be inspired by a fusion of world-styles and find rhythm you never knew you had. Led by Mahandra Patel and Kadence Music.

No experience necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To guarantee your place / time slot book now. Walk-ups also welcome but you may have to wait.

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1.00 – 3.00 pm
Straw Crafts Demonstration
by Sylvia Martin (art historian / researcher / straw artist)

Sylvia will demonstrate craft ‘POSSIBILITIES’ with straw. Includes examples of straw spiral work, straw marquetry and split and spun straw.


1.15 – 1.30 pm
Hand Earth Gesture Return Programme Introduction
by Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre’s Director Lucy Tomlins

Find out how, when and where you can get involved.


1.30 – 2.30 pm
‘Strength in Diversity’ Talk on Heritage Grains
by John Letts, heritage grain farmer and co-founder of the Heritage Grain Trust

What are heritage grains? How can reintroducing genetic diversity into our grain populations produce more climate resilient crops? Why are they more nutritious and better for those with gluten intolerance? Find out why older varieties of wheat, rye, barley and oats are becoming popular with artisan bakers, brewers and distillers.

Booking advisable but not essential. Walk-ups welcome but you may have to stand.

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2.30 – 3.30 pm
Taste the flavours of our traditionally harvested flour

Members of the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Parkash will be making fresh roti and serving masala chai.
Artisan baker Jess Mooney from Bread for Life will share biscuits and breads for you to sample.

Live flour milling with John Letts.

All welcome.


3.30 – 4.30 pm
Straw cargo unloading


More Coventry Heritage Events…

At just a 13 min walk away, why not spend the morning at Draper’s Hall, before joining us for the afternoon?



Making Places
Drapers’ Hall, Coventry, Saturday 26 March 2022

10am  – 4pm Ticketed

What can we do to help reconnect people with their craft heritage and show how the skills of the past are reflected in the making activities of today… and can continue to be a source of productivity, well-being and community into the future? Heritage Crafts

We think Hand Earth Gesture Return may be one way!…. Pangaea

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