Yardworks Film hosted by PAD

On October 29th I was invited by PAD (Preston Arts Development) to see my films being shown at the new continental pub, Broadgate ,Preston. Curated by a team led by Mark Ilott, Yardworks 1 was chosen along with films by Chantal Oakes, Paul Bratt and an eclectic mix of local talent. Despite a few technical hitches, the night went well with all seats taken, and standing room only!

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Always and Nowhere

‘Always and Nowhere Part 2’ with Pat Evans. First shown at Homebase Queen’s Park Preston installation August 9th 2009

Yardworks 2

‘Always and Nowhere’ – Part one with Pat Evans.
Music by Air.
Footage of model shot at Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.
Other footage shot on Yardwoks site by Rachel Riggs.

Film – Yardworks 1

Mr Gillibrand’s Fireplace shop, Bluebell Place, Preston.

First shown at installation June 22nd 2009.

Footage from Queen Street Mill Burnley, and Helmshore Textile Museum.

Traditional Lancashire cotton famine song sung by  Rachel Riggs.Accordian by Sian Da Lier.

Red Shoes at the Guild Charter Theatre, Preston

Guild charter theatre

Guild charter theatre

I went to a performance of the ‘Red Shoes’ performed by the Guild Youth theatre with Bluestreak Arts after a weeks summer school. It was really very good ensemble playing by very young performers, most impressive. They had worked with a choreographer and had some ‘shoe manipulation’ training with ourselves, DNA puppetry & visual theatre (see dna puppetry.wordpress.com ) What really struck me, was how much the theatre prosenium arch, when lit by red lights  so very much resembles a giant fireplace. I have blogged before about this realisation about the relationship with fire and theatre, shadows and film imagery for my work. And next day the 1948 film with Moira Shearer as a ballerina  was on tv, fantastic cinematography and design, love the heightened colour and melodrama. The story within a story. ‘Every mans life is a fairytale’ said Hans Christian Anderson

The Red Shoes film Poster