On the Water

Idle Women’s Inaugural touring project


In 2015 idle women began working in Blackburn in Lancashire with Humraaz, a specialist Black Minority Ethnic (BME) women’s service provider. Later that year, muf architecture helped idle women conceptualise what a boat journeying through the waterways of Northern England could mean and become.

In March 2016 in Burnley, idle women launched the newly built boat and named her the Selina Cooper after a local Victorian campaigner for women’s rights.  Martina Mullaney, the first artist came aboard with her seven year old daughter.

Summer 2016 was spent in Church, Accrington with theatre maker Mojisola Adebayo, and in the autumn contemporary artist Noor Afsan Mirza joined the Selina Cooper in Nelson.

In spring 2017 idle women travelled to Mirfield in West Yorkshire with artists Nicky Bashall and Stella Barnes, and during the summer held the first open invitation, welcoming nine women to spend time aboard the Selina Cooper for their own creative retreat.