A new commission by Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou
Since the summer of 2016 Bedford Creative Arts has been working with the residents of Chester and Carlisle Road in Queen’s Park, Bedford to explore, document and celebrate their concept of home and the place where they live. Working with lead artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou from the outset, and in collaboration with the residents, the project has developed into a long term creative community programme called Clubhouse.
With a re-imagined scaffold tower as our “Clubhouse” and pop-up creative space, young residents and families gather most weeks to engage in artist led activities to develop new projects and ideas.
Currently, many of the families are taking part in an inter-generational film project with lead artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou, which explores a year in the life of the two roads. The Clubhouse tower is now a film set and residents are sharing their stories and taking part in all aspects of making the film, including script-writing, story-telling, filming, animation, sound recording, set design, special effects and editing, with the help of local artists including Paul Pibworth, Katie Allen and Sara Turner. Over the coming months, the artists and residents will continue to work together on the film. The final film work will be presented in 2018.
Alongside the filming activities, the residents are working with the Clubhouse artists to design and develop a sports day event for the two roads, to be held at the end of the summer holidays.
The green on Carlisle Road has become a space where different ideas can be explored and new skills can be learnt. Bedford College joined us on the green for an English language skills and literacy open evening; musician Edward King led an afternoon of drumming; and world cooking and recipe sharing events are planned for later this year.
Clubhouse also went on location to the Queen’s Park Multicultural Parade and invited residents of Queen’s Park to take part in the Clubhouse photo booth, having their portrait taken against the Clubhouse green screen.
Coming up on Saturday 16 September 2017 from 14:00-17:00 there will be a Clubhouse Production Party to share some of the different aspects of the project so far, including some rushes from the filmmaking to date
Clubhouse runs April 2017 to March 2018
The beginnings of Clubhouse
It all began in early 2016 with a conversation between local housing association bpha and Bedford Creative Arts about developing a creative and artistic programme in the local community in Queen’s Park, just over the bridge from BCA. By July 2016 we were making it happen with the In Situ Cinema commission, working with artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou.
In-Situ Cinema July 2016
The In Situ Cinema commission invited young residents of Chester and Carlisle Roads in Queen’s Park, Bedford to engage in a film-making project about the place where they live. Watch the In Situ Cinema film and the Making of In Situ Cinema
“I think this was fun because these things don’t happen around this area and you can learn different things here.”
Animating Environments Winter 2016-17
Over the winter months of 2016-17 we worked with Maria Anastassiou to develop the programme and a second film making and animation project entitled Animating Environments. Watch Bug Hotel and The Wall.
Clubhouse is supported by a grant from money raised by HealthCourage through the Health Lottery, plus additional support from housing association bpha and Arts Council England.