How much do you know about the road you live in? What ideas do you have to make it a better place for you and your community?
These are questions residents of Chester and Carlisle Roads in Queen’s Park, Bedford will be invited to explore from this April as part of a new project called Clubhouse by artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou.
Funded through a grant from money raised by HealthCourage through the Health Lottery, plus additional support from housing association bpha and Arts Council England, this new community programme will run for a year. Residents will be invited to work together to explore and celebrate the place where they live, and take part in an inter-generational film project about a year in the life of their two roads.
Clubhouse is inspired by In-Situ Cinema, a popular film-making project by Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou which took place in July 2016 on the same two roads in Bedford . In this new programme, the artists will invite residents to share their stories of life on their road, and explore new ideas to improve their local community. Ideas already in discussion include a walking group, a nature garden, keep fit and beginners IT classes. As the project develops residents will be invited to run their own community activities and take part in all aspects of making the film, including script-writing, story-telling, filming, animation, sound recording, set design, special effects and editing.
The response from young and adult residents alike has been very positive.
“This type of thing never happens here. It’s great.”
The Clubhouse project will run for 12 months from April 2017 to March 2018. Watch this space to follow the story.
About the Artists:
Julie Myers’ practice responds to people and places by combining digital media (sound, photography, film, text) with publicly sited installations. She looks for accessible, everyday ways that people make sense of their environment through memory, personal experience and the representation of stories. She is interested in the relationship between real and electronic space: in contemporary cartography, social practice, developing projects that enable material generated by local communities to be experienced in public space.
Maria Anastassiou is an artist-filmmaker who works across platforms; within gallery, cinematic, documentary and participatory formats, using digital and analogue media. Her works exist between documentary and medium-related experiment. The filmmaking process often becomes an incentive and a vehicle for interaction, response and collaboration with other artists and communities, using participatory approaches to allow for elements of the work to occur.