Black Country Voyages / Ikon Youth Programme

Black Country Voyages / Ikon Youth Programme

Black Country Voyages (2014-17) is an art programme for local young people, aged 16-21 years old. Involving members of the Ikon Youth Programme, the project takes place on board a canal boat Aaron Manby generously lent by Sandwell Council. Black Country Voyages is organised in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust.

Artist Jacques Nimki leads Black Country Voyages in 2015, transforming it into The Black Apotheca - a floating laboratory of herbal concoctions derived from local plants, fermenting slowly over time, housed in glass, reflecting light and colour. It showcases drawings, recipes and objects, all relating to the business of apothecaries, plus a collection of lozenges, cordials, country wines, sorbets and teas available for consumption at selected events.

During the summer Black Country Voyages hosts workshops along the canal network. For more information on forthcoming events visit

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For more information about this project and if you would like to get involved please contact Claire Bird or call 0121 248 0708.

Black Country Voyages is supported by Arts Council Strategic Touring, Sandwell Council and the Canal & River Trust.

Main Contact: Claire BIrd

Telephone: 0121 248 0708


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