Clipperton Project brings Floating Lab to Crinan Canal

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From 20th-28th July the international Clipperton Project’s Floating Lab will be on the banks of the Crinan Canal, offering exciting activities for locals and visitors each and every day.

The Discover Dalriada 2013 programme has just been launched and is jam packed full of science and arts activities for all ages and abilities.  These range from professional art workshops to underwater camera explorations; talks and presentations for different age groups; the opportunity to try some unconventional orienteering; or learn more about the Scottish Beaver Trial and why these wonderful animals have been reintroduced.

As part of the programme, there will also be stalls at local events including the Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival, Ardrishaig Gala Day and the Tayvallich Weekend.

The finale of the programme will be at the Crinan Canal Water Festival on Sunday 28th July when the project team will have lots of activities available and also artwork and other items on display that have been created during the previous week.

Andrew Wilson, chair of the Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance says: ‘We are so lucky to have the Floating Lab here with us for the full week and  I hope everyone gets involved, whether they’re a local or a visitor. The programme has been developed specifically for the Heart of Argyll area and really does have something for everyone’.

Tennille Baker from Western Australia, who is leading the Floating Lab at Crinan, says: ‘The Clipperton Project is a multi-disciplinary initiative that uses notions of exploration, journey and discovery to inspire people to address together some of the greatest issues of our day’.

The Clipperton Project’s Floating Lab is undertaking a tour of Scotland’s Canals over the  summer and is spending the latter half of July on the Crinan Canal before heading north to the Caledonian Canal. Its visit to Crinan ties in with the overall heARTofARGYLL heritage and arts festival programme for 2013 which received a significant investment from Creative Scotland and is supported by Argyll & Bute Council and has been made possible by Scottish Canals and Scottish Waterways Trust.

The full programme is available here to download.

Everything is free and most activities are drop-in, but some events need to be booked, especially the art workshops and for young people reserving a seat on the buses being laid on by the Mid Argyll Youth Project.

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