Arts Barge


Building the Barge


The Barge

The Arts Barge Project rescued Selby Tony in 2013. She was one of a small fleet belonging to BOCM factory in Selby and used to work on the River Ouse transporting animal feed, newsprint and other goods between Selby, York, Goole and Hull.

Since 2013 she has undergone remedial steel works in Waddington’s Boat Yard in Swinton and passed a full survey. She has undergone steel conversion works by Hirst Boatbuilders in Knottingley, to Architects specifications by DSP Architects.

Funds for the project are raised through arts events, regular donations, crowd funding, grants and private investment. The project started in 2009 and we continue to raise funds to finish the job!

Latest Update: AUG 19

The barge has undergone new structural steelwork at Hirst Boatbuilders in Knottingley and been made ready for use in basic converted state for the summer. The roof and railings are on and the 1 meter walls marking out the deck house are built. The floor and beautiful staircases are in. The internal hold has had an initial undercoat, and the exterior has been painted to near original colours by a fantastic team of volunteers. The barge also had a Stability Test in July at Hirst Boatbuilders. The barge was brought into York via Goole by Acaster Water Transport for use as a temporary festival venue - The Arts Barge Riverside Festival, between 18th July and 8th August ‘19. The festival helped to raise further funds for finishing the conversion work and building a permanent mooring in Tower Gardens. Selby Tony will spend the next year in Foss Basin in York, for internal fit-out, installation of a deck-house, and construction of a permanent home in Tower Gardens with mains utilities. If you can help in any way - please get ion touch!


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