Clubhouse 2017/18

01/04/2017 - 31/03/2018

Event Description

Clubhouse was a year-long inter-generational filmmaking project by artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou on  two residential streets in Queen’s Park, Bedford.

On weekends and holidays from April 2017-April 2018 residents came together with the artists to make a short film and develop a resident-led creative programme . Over 60 residents engaged regularly in different aspects of filmmaking, from camera, sound recording and special effects to prop making, script writing and acting. Located on a small green on the two streets, and with a scaffold tower as the set, the artists provided a framework for exploration that enabled the residents to respond directly to their environment. The creative programme also included drawing and games cafes, photography projects, dance, creating a community garden, a family sports day, inter-generational football matches and the creation of a residents’ recipe book.

The Clubhouse Night on 24 March 2018 was the culmination of the year’s activity. For one night it brought the two streets to life in unexpected ways, celebrating and sharing the project with the wider community. Located in a garage lock-up in between the two streets, there was an exhibition of film stills on garage doors, short films were projected into empty garage spaces and there was a resident run-café with a residents’ recipe book created with artist Jan Uprichard. The main feature of the evening was the Clubhouse performance. This walking tour presented film vignettes outside the homes where the films were created, and was performed by young participating residents. Films were projected onto walls and stairwells, bringing the street to life after dark.

Over 130 residents have taken part in the project to date and a number of resident-led activities have developed from the project. To date these include an annual Sports Day, a regular inter-generational football match and regular planting of the community garden. The final film will be screened in summer 2018 and the next phase of the Clubhouse project will begin in early summer 2018.

“It’s made us much closer as a community.”  Clubhouse participant  

It’s really fun and really creative – because of all the artwork, the film and coming together. Clubhouse participant

Lead artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou

Support artists Katie Allen, Edward King, Paul Pibworth, Si Rawlinson, Anne-Marie Stijelja,  Sara Turner and Jan Uprichard

Support practitioners Daniel Bedeau, Karike de Klerk

The project was featured on national TV in the 2017-18 Health Lottery advertising campaign and the Clubhouse Night was featured on BBC Look East on 26 March 2018.

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Clubhouse is commissioned and produced by Bedford Creative Arts. Supported with funding by Arts Council England; a grant from money raised by HealthCourage through The Health Lottery; bpha housing association; Gale Family Trust; Bedford Borough Council and Burrow Venues. With very special thanks to the residents of Chester and Carlisle Roads. Also Kim Burrows of bpha; Tessa Jackson OBE, independent curator and Zach Walker, MakeAmplify.

Image Credits Cat Lane and Julie Myers & Maria Anastassiou.

 

Details

Date

01/04/2017 - 31/03/2018

Location

Carlisle Road,
Queen's Park,
Bedford,
MK40 4HR,

Artists

Artist

Julie Myers

Julie's 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.

Artist

Maria Anastassiou

Maria Anastassiou is an artist/filmmaker who uses analogue and digital media in moving image, social practice and curatorial projects. Her work is informed by experimental ethnographic approaches to documentary and structuralist film traditions. She is interested in the form and function of the filmmaking process as an entry point into responding to place, narratives, communities, individuals and other artists.

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