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Workshop/Course, Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov 2018, free entry





An audio work by French & Mottershead []

Take a boat ride down the River Aire, and listen to the story of your body’s afterlife and process of decay in water—dissolving and disintegrating, as it is borne from a canal, through a widening river and out to sea.

Made possible by Leeds Water Taxi and Leeds Dock

Sailings on 24 and 25 November, 12 - 8pm on the hour, every hour. To take part, you'll need to BOOK A PLACE [].

Written from forensic case studies of human bodies transported by water and research on the ecosystems of rivers and tidal waters, Waterborne is one of four audio works from French & Mottershead []’s Afterlife series. 

Supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, the artists collaborated with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators in developing each piece, researching the minute details of decay in different environments (woodland, water, museum, and home) to create a series of poetic works that puncture our fear of the unknown. 

PLEASE NOTE - LEEDS WATER TAXIS ARE NOT FULLY ACCESSIBLE. If you have access requirements please contact

A quayside version of Waterborne will be available anytime 12pm-8pm with no need to book in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: Should the River Aire be in flood on 24th or 25th November then sailings will not go ahead as the waterways will be closed. Audiences will be able to enjoy the quayside experience instead.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPushchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov 2018 12:00 to 20:00


Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 23 - Sun 25 Nov Warmth
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Nov Waterborne



    Compass Festival


    New Dock,
    Leeds Dock,
    LS9 8PB



    See location of Leeds Dock on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 309330  Lat: 53.79239 Long: -1.53241

    By Car: From all major routes into Leeds follow the brown signposts to Royal Armouries Museum. The Museum is part of the Clarence Dock area.

    By Public Transport: From Leeds city station, follow the blue signposts to walk to Royal Armouries Museum. Clarence Dock is signposted on the quayside and surrounds the Royal Armouries Museum.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality