tom hackett sculpture
lying low to keep afloat
lying low to keep afloat currently on hold
a new project for 2020 -2021 featuring an audio collaboration with Julian Woodcock
a conversational art odyssey following the course of river trent
Tom Hackett is spending ten days walking and paddling a wooden canoe around riverside parts of Stoke on Trent, Burton, Nottingham, Newark and Scunthorpe. Five key towns situated along the Trent from source to mouth.
Wearing his signature text conversation suits, he is gathering incidental conversations from those he meets along the way. This will be transformed into an art exhibition where printed conversation fragments are wrapped around snaking swimming float forms, making a meandering mass evocative of a flowing river. Along the gallery, a series of audio speakers will broadcast a fusion of conversation fragments which have been re-voiced, recorded and mixed in collaboration with Julian Woodcock. These will be intermingled with other sound fragments creating an immersive audience experience.
Lying low to keep afloat has been developed in association with 20-21 Visual Art Centre and Brewhouse Arts Centre.
It is supported by public funding by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England and by 2021 Visual Arts Centre.
The exhibition will be on at:
Burton on Trent
Dates to confirmed
09/01/2021 - 27/03/2021
Dates for the canoe walks will be posted on