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Southend-on-Sea screens 'Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of The Future'

We're thrilled when our first film gets a big screen outing !

As part of Focal Point Gallery's splendid show, 'The Peculiar People', Bata-ville screens in Southend Film Festival at 2pm on Saturday May 21st.

Details can be found here...

The Peculiar People

We're delighted to be part of this exciting show examining radicalism in thought, politics,
agriculture and lifestyle and all in Essex! Opening this weekend at Focal Point Gallery:

Saturday 16 April 2016
6.00pm to 8.00pm

An after party will follow the opening event.

As well as material in the exhibition the gallery will also be hosting a special one-off screening of Bata-ville on May 21st at 2pm.

For more information on the exhibition or launch event,
please contact Focal Point Gallery

Prospect-a-way

We're quietly getting on with a new project called Prospection, which you can see more about here. It's a 25 year survey of a new area of Cambridge, under development by the University and where our artists residency a few years back took place (and where we built our mudopolis 'Tomorrow, Today').

Working with a mixed team of sociologists, archaeologists and artists we're visiting each year and surveying anything about the place and its inhabitants that takes our fancy. We then put the stuff in a box in the county archives for posterity.Simple!

This week we work once more with the wonderful editor Alice Powell on a short film drawn from our two days filming at the site in November 2015. Expect much high-vis, wind, rain, tea and hard hats....

Karen & Nina at NW Cambridge, Nov. 2015

Big Thanks...

To everyone who's come along to screenings of The Closer We Get lately - Keswick, Zagreb, Washington DC, New York City - and to all the hosts and organisers too, including the British Council in Washington DC, who funded my trip out there and to Janice and Michael Kaplan, my hosts.

You can sign up for updates on the film's forthcoming screenings and its digital release here.

Karen with Kathy Culpin of Washington DC British Council

Trustees Wanted for Somewhere-designed Abbey Gardens

A great opportunity to support the life of one of the projects we're most proud of has arisen:

Abbey Gardens - where our 2009 project What Will the Harvest Be? kicked off what has become a thriving community garden in East London - is in need of new blood, or specifically, new Trustees to contribute ideas and help run this volunteer-led organisation that is open to anyone.

Abbey Gardens has a garden club leader and a part-time administrator, but otherwise depends on volunteers to run its fantastic roster of free classes and events.

Feb 27 is the deadline - For more info please contact Abbey Gardens here.

More chances to catch The Closer We Get

After a very sleepy December and January, we are pleased to announce more screenings for you all to catch our latest feature film at:

In the UK, we have coming up:

Thurs. Feb 4 @ Portsmouth (No. 6 Cinema) with Q & A
Mon. Feb 8 @ London's Somerset House with Q & A hosted by Andrew O'Hagan
Wed. Feb 17 @ Aberdeen (Belmont Filmhouse) with Q & A
Wed. Feb 24 @ Derby (Quad Cinema)
Sat. Feb 27 @ Keswick, Cumbria (Keswick Film Festival, Theatre by the Lake) with Q & A

Booking info on all of these can be found here

In the USA we're part of Washington DC's Independent Film Festival - date TBC and we are also in Croatia's Zagreb Dox too next month.

And remember, if you fancy putting on your own screening, you only have to ask us how - we look forward to hearing from you!

Coming to Somerset House, and not for the skating

We are honoured to be part of Unorthodocs, a season of docs curated by Dartmouth Films.

The Closer We Get will be screening at the fabulous Somerset House in London, at 7pm on Monday Feb 8th.Tickets can be booked here.

What I am thrilled about too, is that writer Andrew O'Hagan (Ayrshire born, like me, so he knows a thing or two about the grey Clyde and ennui) will join me for the Q & A afterwards.
Should be a great night, so come.

Happy New Year, Happy New-ish Website Soon-ish

A very long festive hibernation comes to an end, and amongst exciting new plans we will be dragging this place, this cloud of ye olde data - one of the art world's oldest artists websites (Est. 1996 dontcha know!?) - into a new era by getting longterm web guru Dorian Moore to reshape Somewhere so it can be enjoyed on your little mobile phone too. Don't ever say we're not down with the kids....

A Bata-ville throwback c/o the wit of Duncan Maclaren

Prospection 01

It was cold, it was windy and it was wet.....Much like the weather was when Nina and I first came on site to North West Cambridge, to take part in the archaeological dig which now lies beneath the growing development site - in 2013.

But our hardy Prospectors were not in the slightest bit put off as we were generously guided around the site by Skanska staff. We'd a very productive few days, now all that remains is for us to 'write up' our findings and box them up for the County Records office to look after.

(In picture from left - Nina Pope, Calum Bowden, Hilary Orange, James Dixon, Craig Cessford, Karen Guthrie)

Prospection 01 - Team photo (minus Sasha!)

And now, England !

We're very excited and fairly nervous (that's a lot of seats to fill) to have whole week at the brilliant new cinema Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, London for our newest film The Closer We Get, kicking off this Friday 6 Nov at 6.30pm. Myself and Nina will be there at the screening to answer questions and chat with director Marc Isaacs, so do come along for this memorable night.
Info & booking here.

If you're busy over the weekend all the other evening screenings on Nov 7, 8, 8, 10, 11 & 12 can be seen and booked here.

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