Raft is a series of workshops in which people work together using materials from our natural and built environments to build floatable structures. Over five days and five separate workshops, people will pool their efforts to build and assemble the rafts.
Each workshop begins with an induction that teaches basic building skills using bamboo, followed by construction and assembly tasks. The co-built rafts will form Flotilla, an immersive installation for audiences to experience and to reflect upon the imminent climate-related migration crisis. Catered lunch provided.
Raft is part of Portage, a two-year project by Jen Rae in collaboration with architectural designers Mittul Vahanvati and Munir Vahanvati (Giant Grass), six intercultural master weavers and local communities. It unearths overlooked skills, knowledge and values that might offer salvation in the years ahead.
Portage includes a series of workshops, installations and walks and is part of Refuge, a five-year project that offers us new ways to rally as a community and prepare for climatic events.
Presented by Arts House as part of Refuge 2019: Displacement.
Warning: This workshop includes the use of handtools and is for ages 8 years and older.