The Floating Cinema 2014: Extra-International
June - September

More information coming soon.

About The Floating Cinema 2013: Extra-Ordinary

Building on the resounding success of the Floating Cinema 2011, UP Projects launched a brand new Floating Cinema at the end of July 2013. Designed by Duggan Morris Architects and working in partnership with artists and filmmakers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (aka Somewhere), the cinema features a new “Extra-Ordinary” programme of outdoor screenings, canal tours, workshops and events along the waterways of East London and beyond.

“We wanted this year's programme to say that it's London's ordinary people that make its culture so extraordinary, and to spotlight some of those people and what they do in life, as well as to make sure they are at the heart of the programme as an active audience. The Extra-Ordinary theme offers a celebration of the overlooked and 'ordinary' in life, and brings to the fore the brilliance to be found on our doorstep." Somewhere 2013

Duggan Morris Architects were selected via an International Open Call Architecture Competition produced in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation. Check the Boat page for more information.

The Floating Cinema is supported by The Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg as part of Bloomberg East in partnership with the Canal & River Trust. The Floating Cinema is part of UP Projects' Portavilion programme of temporary pavilions and structures for London's public spaces.

Check the Events Page for full events listings and how to book tickets.
Check the Commissions Page for new Floating Cinema commissions.

Floating Cinema Extra-Ordinary 2013 Team
Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, Somewhere, artists and creative programmers
Emma Underhill, Director
Laura Harford, Project Curator
Simon Cummin, Events Manager
Anna Ramsay, Education and Participation Producer
Bethan Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator
The Useful Arts Organisation, Website, AV Design & Build
O Production, Film Production
Modern Activity, Graphic Design
Will Cunningham, Technical Support


The Floating Cinema in Granary Square, King's Cross, 2013. Photo hydar Dewachi


The Floating Cinema designed by Duggan Morris Architects at the White Building Hackney Wick. Photo: Jack Hobhouse.


For further press information, images and interview requests please contact Laura Harford at UP Projects +44 (0) 207 377 9677

Volunteer Training scheme

We are seeking reliable and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to become Floating Cinema ambassadors to assist us with the smooth running of our events. Participants will receive free arts events management training and expenses.

For more information or to apply, email

UP Projects

UP Projects is an East London based non-profit public art organisation, led by Emma Underhill, that believes in challenging perceptions of what public art can be. Operating as a gallery without walls, we are inspired by the complexities of the public realm to create a programme of artists' commissions, projects, strategies and multidisciplinary events for the broadest possible audience. Audience experience, engagement and participation is what drives us, as well as providing unique opportunities for artists to develop new work in public contexts. The Floating Cinema is part of our ongoing ‘Portavilion’ strand of projects, an ambitious programme of artist-led installations for London’s parks, open spaces and more recently the waterways. The project is as much a celebration of the city's most treasured open spaces as it is a cultural event.


Emma and Laura from UP Projects with Dorian at Turks boatyard

The Legacy List

The Legacy List is the independent charity for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, set up in 2011 to support the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Our mission is to make creative connections between people and the Park. We develop, commission and support high quality art, education and skill building initiatives to engage, educate and inspire current and future generations. Our founding partners were the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Mayor of London. For more information on our work, please go to

Bloomberg East

Bloomberg East - Bloomberg is proud to support the Legacy List in its mission to ensure a lasting legacy of art, culture, education and skills for the communities living in and around the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bloomberg's partnership with the Legacy List will support innovative arts and cultural projects in east London. Among the first projects to benefit are: UP Projects’ Floating Cinema Extra-Ordinary and The Canals Project: a series of regenerative art projects on the walls, towpaths and bridges of the canals around the Olympic Park.

Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust has a partnership with Arts Council England to deliver a pilot Contemporary Arts on the Waterways Programme in 2012 and 2013 which will encourage more people to experience the work of leading artists and be inspired by the arts, a key goal of the Art Council’s 10-year plan for the arts, Achieving Great Art for Everyone, and to find new and creative ways to attract people to visit and support its canals and rivers. The Trust is the new charity set up to care for England & Wales' wonderful legacy of 200-year-old waterways, holding them in trust for the nation forever. The Trust is among the UK’s biggest charities, with responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings.


Floating Cinema 2011 - Fancy Dress Fantastic Mr Fox. Photo: Nina Pope


Somewhere are multi-disciplinary art organisation, founded by artists and film makers Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope. They produce ambitious, innovative projects including films, digital media, live events and public art. Their aim is to enrich the public realm with creative ideas and action. Recent work includes 'Jaywick Escapes', their third feature film, and What Will the Harvest Be?, a public garden near to the Olympic Park. Since the Floating Cinema Projects’ inception in 2011, they have engaged with canal side communities to define a 'human blueprint' of the waterways, and have created an appealing and diverse programme of activities for the summer as well as actively creating and commissioning new work.


Nina and Karen at the launch of the first Floating Cinema

Duggan Morris Architects

Duggan Morris Architects have been established for 8 years, during which time they have received several RIBA Awards and the prestigious Manser Medal. 2012 represents a transitional phase for the practice, moving into a number of new sectors including higher education, public and arts based projects, conservation and renovation as well as continuing successful work in private housing, public housing and regeneration and commercial sector projects. For more information about their Floating Cinema Design visit BOAT page.

The Useful Arts Organisation

The useful arts style, design, program, build, manage & find solutions for media, internet, installations, exhibitions, performances and people. the useful arts (also called technics) are concerned with the skills and methods of practical subjects such as manufacture and craftsmanship. It has now gone out of fashion, but was coined in Victorian times as a mirror of the performing arts and the fine arts. the useful arts was founded by Dorian Fraser Moore in 2008 to gather together his portfolio and provide a framework for his expanding practise.


Hire The Floating Cinema

The Floating Cinema is also a unique venue for private and corporate entertaining. Created as a collection of extraordinary cargoes placed atop a traditional-style, industrial canal barge, Duggan Morris Architects’design offers a beautiful, versatile space to host a range of events, canal and river tours, including a purpose-built auditorium for meetings, screenings, launches, private dining, receptions, away days and much more. See our HIRES page for more information.

To find out more please email

The Floating Cinema 2011

The pilot Floating Cinema 2011 project navigated the waterways of the Olympic host boroughs during summer 2011. Designed by Hackney based architects Studio Weave and programmed by Somewhere, the customised narrow boat hosted a varied and vibrant programme of free on board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops including tours into the Olympic Park prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games hosted by writer Iain Sinclair, comedian Holly Burn and comedy writer Susie Donkin. The Floating Cinema also presented larger scale outdoor screenings to bankside audiences including a fancy dress screening of Fantastic Mr Fox outside the Three Mills studios where the animation was created.

The Floating Cinema 2011 was commissioned by The Olympic Delivery Authority as part of their Arts and Cultural strategy and funded by Arts Council England. It formed an important strand of the cultural participation programme in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was part of the CREATE 11 summer festival. It's legacy now continues with the new Floating Cinema 2013 which we hope will continue to visit the communities surrounding the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as well as the rest of London for years to come.


Floating Cinema Merchandise

Floating Cinema t-shirts, totes, mugs and storm umbrellas now for sale online. Delivery across the UK. You can now support this unique arts venture with the purchase of your very own limited edition Floating Cinema 2013 merchandise. The perfect gifts for family and friends and fun way to show your support for this unique project for 2014.

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