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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)

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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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Once Upon a Time Somewhere

...was big in the nascent media art world and in 1999 we made a rather successful project called An Artist's Impression (now in the Science Museum London's collection)....

This piece was an installation akin to a huge model railway layout (it showed extensively at the ICA, the Fruitmarket, Chapter and many other places) plus a live online world (or MUSH as it was known) which existed entirely as text and interactivity between its players. When stuff happened online, we tried to model it live onto the installation. Simple! The online space that was being 'built' was based on our childhood homes and hence a slightly spooky evocation of these remembered locations still exists online, accessible, maybe forever. When online gaming became the infinitely more elaborate thing it is now, it was expected that these low-fi social spaces were a thing of the past, but now with Minecraft perhaps that was jumping the gun?

Anyway, somehow (Alan, can you recall how?!) we found a very clever person to help programme and run this world for us, and this was 'Javelin' or Alan as was his real name, and he was in Chicago. Though now retired from the post, Alan has kept in touch so when I found myself at Chicago International Film Festival last week, it was great to catch up again IRL with him and his family.

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MG, Karen & Alan / Javelin meeting in Chicago

Could you be our new Garden Club Leader?!

After 6 productive (and award winning) seasons helping us grow both Abbey Gardens and our horticultural knowledge, Hamish our Garden Club Leader has decided to depart for new opportunities.
For most visitors Hamish was the face of Abbey Gardens, always welcoming and smiling, patient and diligent with his deep knowledge and gardening advice.
We really want to thank him for all his work at in the garden and wish him the very best for his next steps.

... and so we are advertising for a new Garden Club Leader for next season ... it's a great job in a wonderful place - so do spread the word! You can find the full Job Description and how to apply over on the Abbey Gardens website here.

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Lots of screenings coming up.....

Hopefully you've heard that our rather successful film The Closer We Get comes to a screen near you soon, And if it's not, drop us a line and ask it to!

We've extensive Scottish screenings thanks to supprt from Creative Scotland, and now booking are:
Oct 7th at 7.30pm at Perth Playhouse, Brechin (Oct 9), Orkney (Oct 10 & 11), Shetland (Oct 13), Inverness (Oct 14) Dundee (Oct 17), Kirkcaldy (Oct 18) & Glasgow CCA (Oct 19) - as flagship film in the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

All the screenings and box office links are detailed here.

(England dates are coming soon - watch this space!)

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Harvest Festival

Busy busy North and South ... for those in London missing the fantastic Scottish film tour (sniff) you could come to Abbey Gardens for the Harvest Festival instead!

On Saturday 26 September from 1-4pm.
The event will have many activities for all ages, including:
  • Watch Bollywood dance group, Tridhara, and learn it yourself in their dancing workshop
  • Attempt apple dunking, thanks to Team Perham,
  • Enjoy seasonal food cooked by Tom Fletcher from Rejuce and fresh pressed juices by Quirky Nature
  • and last but not least, show off your baking skills and bring an entry to our Apple Tart competition!
I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Welcome Ged !

This windswept chap is none other than Ged Fitzsimmons, a very welcome new addition to our The Closer We Get film team!

Ged will lead on distribution of the film via screenings, festivals and onwards to DVD & VoD.
After an early career in film journalism, social media and marketing, Ged worked on successful UK documentaries such as The Bridge Rising (2013) and Family Goldmine(2014). He is currently in early production of Alias McAlias - a feature documentary about the life of legendary Scottish poet and writer Hamish Henderson.
Ged is also part of the team at Pure Magic Films, a Glasgow based production company, and is currently working on a new feature drama based on a novella by Irvine Welsh.
So, if you or someone you know would like to screen The Closer We Get - get in touch with Ged!

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Ged Fitzsimmons 


House of Ferment in Poland

Fresh from learning new Japanese ferments, I'm taking the House of Ferment on its first trip abroad, with fellow artist Kasia Gaparich. We are taking part in the Krakow ArtBoom Festival.

We're running 10am-6pm from Friday 25 September until Monday 28 September in the garden of a former mill at Salwator, ul. Królowej Jadwigi 20, Krakow, Poland.

We offer an interesting lunch each day from 1pm and drop-in demonstrations of all things fermented.

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Various ferments afoot.....

Back to Japan!

I'm thrilled to be back off to Toge in Japan, where in 2006 we took part in the legendary Seven Samurai project for Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. This time I'm developing the House of Ferment, learning about Japanese food culture and exchanging village updates between Toge and Coniston!

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Nina and Karen visit Kanazawa in 2006

Farewell Floating Cinema

We really enjoyed our last screening as the progammers for the cinema last night - a firm Floating Cinema favourite venue at Three Mills, only light drizzle (!) and lots of friends of both Somewhere and the cinema in the audience. What a good way to end a very happy five years of working together - best of luck to all the Floating Cinema team for Extra-Terrestrial and beyond!

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Photo: Nina Pope

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