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Owl Project and Ed Carter

Project team

~Flow is a collaboration between Owl Project (artistic lead) and Ed Carter (producer and original concept), working closely with architect Nicky Kirk, and a range of specialists including engineers, boat builders, and waterwheel designers.

Owl Project live photo

Owl Project

Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology. They have become known for a distinctive range of wooden musical and sculptural instruments that critique human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies. "The Owl Project are a wonderful combination of inventiveness, precision, lateral thinking and single-minded quirkiness" Tim Marlow, White Cube Gallery.

Ed Carter live photo by 4130 Photography

Ed Carter

Ed Carter is a music and arts producer with a focus on technology and process. He is Director of Modular, specialists in devising and producing large-scale, interdisciplinary art projects. Ed releases music as Winter North Atlantic, "the melodies have an abstract, dislocated sadness that slowly seduce you with their meandering grace. Luxurious and tranquil synth pads are packed with emotional detail ... textures drenched in nostalgic overtones." The Wire

Nicky Kirk

Nicholas is a Chartered Architect and has worked with a number of successful practices since completing his training at the University of Sheffield. He was one of the founding directors of Amenity Space which completed many projects across the UK in its five year existence.

Nicholas is also a part of collaboration kirk:creative who create innovative artwork and installations exploring connections between society and the built environment. He is also actively involved with Resonance FM where he produces and presents architecturally-focused radio programmes.

Nick Spurr - Amble Boat Company

The Amble Team

Nick Spurr and his team in Amble built the hulls and millhouse from recycled pontoons and sustainably sourced wood. 

The boat building team: Steve Foster, David Barclay, David Mathews, Steve Stewart, Andrew Turvey, Jake.

Timber frame millhouse and decking: Kris Burnett, Steve Potter, Peter Guy.

Naval Architect - Andrew Thwaites
Structural Calculation and Truss design:Tony Davies
Towing Amble-Newcastle: David Armstrong
GPS journey documentation: Phil Derry, Ben Spurr

David Willcox - waterwheel designer

David Willcox

David Willcox is a waterwheel designer, engineer and specialist in renewable energy. David designed and built ~Flow's incredible waterwheel and the power transmission system onboard.

Beth Bate, Tom Higham and Nicola Singh

Beth Bate and Tom Higham curate and produce ~Flow's creative programme. Beth is Director of Great North Run Culture, Co-Director of Press Play and Chair of the Board for Wunderbar Festival, and has freelanced for a wide range of organisations including Design Event, AV Festival, Baltic and Arts Council England. Tom is Co-Director of Modular, an organisation that focuses on creation, programming and production of interdisciplinary artworks and events. He is Administrative Director of Wunderbar Festival and a Co-Director of Press Play. In the past he has run projects for AV Festival, Tyneside Cinema and Northern Lights Film Festival, among others.

Nicola Singh has become an invaluable member of the ~Flow team, producing, event managing, and marketing several of the creative programme projects. She is an artist, curator and producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked for a wide range of organisations including Wunderbar Festival and AV Festival. Nicola has previously performed at the Prague Quadrennial 2011, Whitechapel Gallery and Bristol Arnolfini, amongst others. She will begin a practice-based masters of research in performance at Northumbria University this year. 

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FLOW is part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.


We would like to give specific thanks to the Environment Agency, for the huge amount of help they have given in developing the project.

Also, to Kathryn Goodfellow at Arts Council England.

Thanks also to (in no particular order):

Royal Academy of Engineers
Port of Tyne Authority
Newcastle City Council
Gateshead Council
Climate Change Schools Project
Tyne Rivers Trust
AV Festival
Gallery North
Lovebytes Festival
Great North Run Culture
The Sage Gateshead
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art