School for the Creative and Cultural Industries


Navigating the System: A Boater Healthcare Exhibition

29 April 2023, 10:00 am–6:00 pm

Illustration of boat on canal next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

A photo exhibition on accessing healthcare with no fixed address, through the stories of members of London’s transient boater community. Visit Monday - Saturday 24th March - 29th April.

This event is free.

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UCL Urban Room


UCL Urban Room
One Pool Street
E20 2AF
United Kingdom

About the exhibition

Navigating the System is a co-curated exhibition about London’s boater community and difficulties they face accessing healthcare.

Audiences can expect to be taken on a journey through photographs by boater and photojournalist Caitlin Vinicombe and testimonial accounts documented in research by Joseph Cook and Nura Ali. Displays include information about how the issue of having no fixed address impacts accessing everyday services and urgent healthcare.

UCL Urban Room introduces a creative way to access research findings and understand lived realities through photographs. This display both speaks to, and seeks input from, boaters and transient people.

Plan your visit

The exhibition runs from 24th March - 29th April and is open to visit Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm. - you don't need a ticket to book. Email urbanroom@ucl.ac.uk for large groups or school visits.

The following events require a ticket to attend:

24 March 2023, 5-8pm: exhibition opening

13 April 2023, 5:30-7:30pm: Dialogue Evening Event - Members of the boating community and those interested in healthcare access issues are invited to a panel and open discussion into topic covered in the exhibition and wider research.

About the Urban Room

Located in Stratford at the UCL East Campus, UCL Urban Room is an experimental exhibition space for students, researchers, artists, and community members. Based on the idea of an ‘urban room’ as a forum for community driven debate and dialogue, the UCL Urban Room brings together academic research and lived experiences of city residents to inspire meaningful education for our students and visitors. Users of the Urban Room are invited to join a dynamic network of practice focused on issues of global urbanism, heritage, arts, and social history.

The space is equipped with oral history recording and archiving capabilities through its initiative of a Memory Workshop. Together, UCL Urban Room and Memory Workshop are supported by The Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment and the School for Creative and Cultural Industries at UCL.

Learn more about the project

Navigating The System

Illustrations by Lucie