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Exhibition24/05/24 Swirling Eddies, Tender Breeze Tour22/06/24 Refugee Week Guided Walk Symposium18/10/23 Tributaries: Reflections on Public Art and Water Exhibition15/09/23 - 08/10/23 Life by the Lea Performance17/09/23 Performance Lecture: Simon Faithfull, 0º00 Navigation Performance17/09/23 Performance: The Lay Shaft Drive is Down by Helen Cammock Tour23/09/23 BSL Interpreted Guided Tour of The Line Workshop23/09/23 Mask Making at Greenwich Peninsula with Thames Festival Trust Workshop16/08/23 Woodblock printing workshop for families Workshop09/08/23 Cyanotype printing workshop for families Workshop24/06/23 Creative Workshops in the Royal Docks Tour03/06/23 - 30/09/23 Guided art tours Talk22/03/23 Artist talk: Larry Achiampong in conversation with Priyesh Mistry Walking weekend24/09/22 - 25/09/22 Walking Weekend Tour06/08/22 - 12/11/22 Free Saturday tours Workshop28/09/22 Community Consultation evening Workshop10/10/22 Inside Out: Birdwatching Workshop10/10/22 Inside Out: Resilience Walk Workshop11/10/22 Inside Out: Madge Gill Tour & Archive Visit Tour12/10/22 Inside Out: Phytology Site Visit Talk12/10/22 Inside Out: Roundtable Discussion Workshop23/07/22 The Living Line: family friendly workshops Performance13/07/22 Aamad: Schools Dance Performance Exhibition22/06/22 - 03/07/22 Nature in Mind: A community exhibition inspired by Madge Gill on The Line Workshop18/06/22 - 19/06/22 Open Weekend at Trinity Buoy Wharf Workshop11/06/22 World Oceans Day at Royal Museums Greenwich Performance09/04/22 Rana Begum: No. 1104 Catching Colour – launching at London City Island Walking weekend18/09/21 - 19/09/21 Spend Time on The Line Workshop23/05/21 Madge Gill: Nature in Mind – drawing & making workshop Film Screening and Talk08/06/20 World Oceans Day 2020 with Royal Museums Greenwich: Serge Attukwei Clottey Workshop05/06/20 Artist Lola Lely’s Madge Gill-inspired workshop Talk28/05/20 Jane’s Walk London: live conversation Workshop27/07/19 Lost and Found on The Line with Abigail Fallis Tour21/09/18 - 22/09/18 Sketchcrawl: Imagine The Line Music video23/05/15 I Walk The Line

Discosailing: A Ballet on Water

Performance27/07/24 - 27/07/24
Various times

Discosailing is a participatory art ‘action’ that was first conceived by the artist Rasheed Araeen in 1970 and has developed in the years since. Araeen describes it as “a system of sailing, or floating on water… Discosailing, performed individually or collectively involving many performers, may appear as a sport but its underlying conception is the idea of a floating sculpture or sculptures. It can also be perceived as a form of a live performance.”

On 27 July 2024, to coincide with the first day of the Paris 2024 Olympics, The Line will realise the first manifestation of Discosailing to have ever been performed in the UK on the Waterworks River at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Six performances will unfold during the day, each lasting 30 minutes. Nine participants will float on discs and wear sails in bright colours that echo Araeen’s bold sculptures and painted works.

Like much of Araeen’s practice, Discosailing is an invitation for people to become part of his work. Through a meditative, experimental encounter, participants are invited to play with a connection between the body, object, water and space.

A second day of free performances will take place on 27 September 2024, times to be confirmed.

If you are an individual or part of a group that would like to participate, please click the appropriate link below for more information.

Please note: individuals are invited to the last performance of the day at 4.30pm. Spaces are limited and will be selected randomly. We will let you know if you have been allocated a Discosailing performance slot by 15 July.

Spectating is welcomed – and free! Please see following performance times:

27 July 2024

11:30 – 12:00

12:30 – 13:00

13:30 – 14:00

14:30 – 15:00

15:30 – 16:00

16:30 – 17:00

27 September 2024 – performance times and sign up information will be shared soon.

Co-curated with Arup Phase 2

In collaboration with London Youth Rowing

Courtesy of the artist and Grosvenor Gallery  


Discosailing will be performed on the Waterworks River between London Aquatics Centre and UCL East at what3words location mixed.songs.motion

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A high angled photograph of a person, arms out wide, with yellow wearable sails stood on a round red disc
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