FEELIN’ IT: Variant Improvised Percussive Structures

August 24, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

A mass of percussionists will perform aboard Deadhead for an onshore audience. A complex sonic work will be crafted through multiple layering of simple rhythms.

This follows our last open house with free ferry access. 2 – 5pm

OPEN hours

Deadhead will be welcoming visitors whenever the OPEN sign is hanging on the side of the barge.

Take the Granville Island Ferry from the dock in Heritage Harbour in front of the Maritime Museum.
Just tell them to drop you off on the barge.
$2 each way.

See you aboard!


Some things to know when visiting the barge:

Deadhead is hosted by the Vancouver Maritime Museum and it will be moored in Heritage Harbour from June 14 to September 2, 2014.


There are no washroom facilities on Deadhead. Public restrooms are located nearby at the Hadden Park Field House at the foot of Maple Street.

You will be out in the elements. Dress accordingly & come prepared!

photo credit: Barbara Cole

Opening Reception

June 15, Sunday, 2 – 5 pm

*Free ferry service is provided between the Vancouver Maritime Museum dock and DEADHEAD.

Join us in celebrating the arrival of DEADHEAD.
Artists in attendance.

Speeches at 3pm.

photo credit: Cedric Bomford

Open House

July 5, Saturday, 2 - 5 pm

Open House (on the barge)*

*Free ferry service is provided between the Vancouver Maritime Museum dock and Deadhead.

The artwork will be open to the public this afternoon. Come experience and explore the nooks and crannies of this unique work.

photo credit: Barbara Cole

Flag Making Workshop

July 5, Saturday, 2 – 4 pm

Flag-making workshop (2 – 4 pm at the Vancouver Maritime Museum)
Free with entry to the Maritime Museum.
Sign up for a session in the Museum at 2:00, 2:30, 3: 00 or 3:30 pm
Sign up the day of only.

Make a maritime signal flag! These bold and graphic flags make it possible for a message to be communicated at a distance. This workshop will teach participants about the system of signal flags used at sea to communicate between ships. Make your own – to take home or see it raised on Deadhead for the summer.


Tin Can Studio is a duo of dynamic interdisciplinary creative facilitators and a mobile project space housed in an 18 foot silver streamline trailer. See more of their work at

Narvaez Bay: Tidal Predictions

July 19, Saturday, 3:30 + 4:45 pm

A conceptual work by Mark 
Timmings, co-composed with Stephen Morris, performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir under the direction of Jon Washburn (on the barge)
The three part musical score of “Narvaez Bay: Tidal Predictions” is based on actual tide levels, lunar cycles and solar equinoxes and solstices. It offers a representation of the tension at the heart of tidal dynamics.

Saturday July 19 3:30 pm   Tickets
Saturday July 19 4:45 pm   Tickets

More Information 

July 18 at 8:00 p.m (Free, first-come)


photo credit: Maureen Welton

Artist Talk with Cedric, Nathan & Jim Bomford

August 7, Thursday, 6 – 7:30 pm

The talk will be held at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Join us for an illustrated talk with the Bomfords who will share the backstory of the 3+ years leading to the launch of Deadhead, a floating sculptural installation mounted to a WWII barge and towed by tug to different locations. The team will discuss their unique collaborative process and how distinct phases of research, salvaging materials, studio production, and assembling on the Fraser River influenced Deadhead’s final form. This informal presentation will provide opportunities for conversation and discussion about the artwork’s references to British Columbia’s west coast and its unique ecologies, economies, myths and legends.

photo credit: Barbara Cole

Open House

August 24 Sunday 2 – 5pm

Open House (on the barge)*

The artwork will be open to the public with free ferry service this afternoon. Come experience and explore the enigmatic nooks and crannies of this unique work.

We will be pulling up the spuds and leaving Heritage Harbour just after Labour Day.

photo credit: Cedric Bomford