Renowned artist Luke Jerram is bringing an immersive new art exhibition to Gloucester

Acclaimed international artist, Luke Jerram, has teamed up with the National Waterways Museum Gloucester for an immersive art installation giving visitors the chance to float out into Gloucester Docks while listening to a series of spellbinding audio stories.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Artist Luke Jerram is bringing his brightly decorated boats to the National Waterways Museum Gloucester this summer 2023.

An exciting new exhibition by renowned artist Luke Jerram is coming to Gloucester this summer 2023, thanks to the National Waterways Museum Gloucester.

Known worldwide for his large-scale public engagement artworks, including Museum of the Moon and Gaia, which were displayed in Gloucester Cathedral in 2019 and 2020 respectively, Jerram's new interactive experience 'Crossings' combines art with storytelling.

Jerram’s sculptures, installations and live arts projects are hugely popular across the world — in 2022, he had 104 exhibitions in 25 different countries which were visited by more than two million people.

Sailing into Gloucester Docks in August 2023, the new immersive art installation, created by Jerram in collaboration with BBC Radio 4 producer Julian May, offers the chance to row out into Gloucester Docks in one of several brightly decorated boats while being taken on an audio journey designed to transport passengers into another life and circumstance.

The live sounds of rowing boats and the docks will blend with the recorded audio to create an engaging experience, with 30-minute audio stories aiming to take drifters into the world of the storytellers. 

'Crossings' is at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 3 September 2023. 

Boats cost £10 for one hour with room for a family of four or up to three adults, with ticket booking due to open soon.

The experience is supported by Arts Council England and Gloucester City Council and was originally commissioned by Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park.

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