The Ship of Tolerance

Photo: Milo Robinson

The Ship of Tolerance by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

In September, The Kabakov Foundation and Art, Action Change will bring The Ship of Tolerance to London to be unveiled on the River as the centrepiece art installation of Totally Thames 2019.

The Ship of Tolerance is an international art project created by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, two of the most celebrated artists of their generation and widely known for their large-scale installations.

First launched in Egypt in 2005, The Ship of Tolerance has subsequently been created in Venice, San Moritz, Sharjah, Miami, Havana, Moscow, New York, Zug, Rome and Rostock. The project was awarded the prestigious Cartier Prize for the Best Art Project of the Year in 2010.

The Ship of Tolerance is dedicated to educating and connecting children from different continents, cultures, and identities through the universal language of art. The project includes an extensive outreach programme which engages schools, community groups and cultural organisations in workshops designed to discuss tolerance and diversity among cultures, races and ideas.

The Ship of Tolerance is produced in the UK by Art Action Change, a cross-cultural platform founded by Nadja Romain to foster dialogue through art projects, films, books and cultural events.

  • “The Ship of Tolerance is a very interesting project in the sense that it does bring people together. Repairing broken relationships, establishing connections, somehow clarifying goals not only for the children but strangely for adults as well.”
    Emilia Kabakov
  • “Since wars being in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
    UNESCO Constitution
  • “London is a beacon of inclusiveness and acceptance, so there really is no better place to display the Ship of Tolerance. The project is a wonderful example of the power of art to unite communities and inspire young people.”
    Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries

Produced by

  • Art Action Change


Sofia Baratieri Weinstein
Digital Brand Consultant, Executive Committee member and Patron of the BFC Fashion Trust UK andCo-founder of the Italian Camera della Moda.

Sylviane Destribats
Founder of The NDL Foundation


Aladin Aladin - Artist, Professor and Strategic Consultant
Martha Abbruzzese - Director of Philanthropy Alan Howard Family Office
Sarah Bailey - Executive Brand Editor, Porter Magazine
Mollie Dent Blockenhurst - Director Future Pace
Jacaranda Caracciolo - Art Patron
Aaron Cezar - Director Delfina Foundation
Marie-Laure de Clermont Tonnerre - Founder Spirit Now London
Ellen Comberg - Chairwoman of the Advisory Board, Global Female Leaders
Sophie Djorkaeff - Photographer
Xenia Geroulanos - Director Thaddeus Ropac
Maria Kastani - Fashion Entrepreneur
Maria Mattsson Louguinets - Head of Developpement Bonhams, Art Patron
Marina Nubo - Cosmetic Designer
Isabella Prata - Mentor and Consultant in Innovation and Sustainabily, Member of the United Nations committee for refugees
Laurence Vandenborre - Founder, Director The Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission


Princess Alia Al Senussi - Art patron, VIP Representative, Art Basel, Founding member of the Tate Committee for Middle Eastern and North Acquisitions


Ludovico Barattieri di San Pietro
River Blake
Elsie Luna
Joseph Morag
Orliana Morag
Lilly Platt