Ship of Tolerance to sail in Sharjah

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Five carpentry students from The Manchester College’s Moston Campus have been chosen to travel to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates this February to construct a ‘Ship of Tolerance’ for artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.

Callum McClearn, Ryan North, Sam Scott, David Young and Adam O’Connor, together with their tutor David Harold will travel to Sharjah and spend four weeks building the ship. After being given a sketch of the boat by the artists, the students have designed the ship and built a smaller scale model in preparation. They will construct the installation with help from some local carpenters.

Local school children will design and make the sails for the ship decorated with their interpretation of tolerance. The goal of the project is to engage children and young adults in active discussion about tolerance in their daily lives whilst creating astonishing works of art

This is the fourth ‘Ship of Tolerance’ that The Manchester College has constructed to date. The first was built in 2005, in Siwa, Egypt, the second in Venice, Italy in 2009 and the third was constructed in St. Moritz, Switzerland last year. The Manchester College’s relationship with the designers Ilya and Emilia Kabakov is a longstanding one brought about through the college’s help in construction of the ‘Palace of Projects’ (a building devoted to the housing of sixty-five of the artists’ projects).

Carpentry tutor at The Manchester College, David Harold, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for our students. They will be ordering the materials, doing the calculations and will be involved in a live project. It is a chance in a lifetime and will definitely be a boost to their confidence’.