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The Dream Team - a rare meet-up in person in Glasgow

What an A-Team

It's with a heavy heart we say bye bye (temporarily we hope) to the inimitable Sally Hodgson & Jen Skinner (L and R with me in this pic) who have worked with me on all the The Closer We Get distribution & outreach for over a year.

A HUGE thanks to both for putting in extraordinary committment, energy and focus an a number of big and very challenging impact initiatives: For 'See Beyond Stroke', they got training based on our film out to over 700 carers across the UK! They also managed the get me and the film in front of the UK Stroke Forum and a number of other big events.

If you'd like to know more about that side of what we do with the film, or would like to read the Impact Report we just finished on the impact of this work - do have a look here.

Peter Hodgson: Making, A Life

I've just made a short film with Maria Benjamin, about the life of the Lake District's best artist by a mile - Peter Hodgson, who - age 67 - has his first ever show opening tomorrow at the Coniston Institute!

The exhibition will include our new film and many other paintings and craft works by Peter and special collaborations with Grizedale Arts, which curated this special show, too.

Peter Hodgson: Making, A Life
Coniston Institute
Yewdale Road
Coniston LA21 8DU

Open Oct 28 - Nov 12 and touring thereafter to Castlefield (Manchester) and MIMA (Middlesborough)

Prospecting Again ...

\Pro*spec"tion\

(n.)The act of looking forward, of anticipation, of providing for future wants

Filming call out for September the 28th and 29th

Somewhere are very much looking forward to being back in North West Cambridge at the end of this week for our annual Prospection survey. NWC now has a new name of Eddington and some 'real residents' who we are hoping to meet - if you live there here's our call out for filming!

Dear New Eddington Residents,

We're two artists Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie (AKA Somewhere.org.uk) and we've been working with the dept. of Archaeology on the NWC public arts programme since its launch back in 2013.
Some of you might have encountered the first project we made on site - a mud model village - which is now gently returning to the landscape near the cricket field - It's called 'Tomorrow, Today'

As well as this sculptural project we have been working on an ambitious annual 2 day survey of the new development - this project is called Prospection. The project aims to follow the evolution of the new Eddington community from its (rather muddy!) inception and through the first 25 years. Each year we invite a team of 'prospectors' drawn from the arts, sociology and archaeology to visit the site for two days and to make records of the place and its people in any way they see fit. The archive of original records - analogue and digital - is collated each year and placed in a new 'finds box' which is deposited with Cambridgeshire Archives for anyone to access and study.

You can read more about it here and see some images from past surveys.

This Thursday and Friday we will be at Eddington for survey 03 (actually the 4th if you include our test run!) and we're very keen to meet some new residents.
Our work to date has been with the construction team and recording that stage of the project but it would be lovely now to introduce the first actual 'inhabitants'.

Each member of our small team records in different ways but Somewhere are committed to making a short film each year.
We tend to interview folk in a vox-pop style using a single question that captures the changes that year and then on the second day we follow one individual who is based on site for the day.

SO, we'd love to meet & film some of you while we're 'surveying' on Thursday and Friday this week - if you are interested in being part of this forward facing archive do get in touch with us here.
OR we will be at the temporary community centre (46 Ryle Yard) between 12-1 and 6-7 this Thursday the 28th of September.

Many thanks in advance and looking forward to meeting some of you!

Nina & Karen

Aerial view of the site, Photo c/o Skanska

Aerial image of the site September 2016, Image c/o Skanska

Illuminating Blackpool with The Closer We Get

I'm from a seaside town myself so I love an amusement arcade and a candy floss stall more than most. So we're chuffed to bits to have a screening coming up in the wondrous Blackpool:
6pm on Thursday Sept. 14th
Grand Theatre (Studio), 33 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HT

Amazingly, it is a free event thanks to the enlightened Blackppol Council, and I'm also doing a Q & A afterwards and a couple of workshops with carers during the day.

You can book tickets via Eventbrite (free but limited) by going here.

Do share this about. Why not make a day of it and we can have fish and chips after ?!

Photo by Tom LLoyd

A New Show

My new show 'The Years of Magical Thinking' is now open at the National Trust's beautiful Acorn Bank - a historic house and garden a short hop from the M6 near Penrith.

On until Oct 29 2017 - there's a gallery talk by me at midday on Saturday September 23rd and an Apple Day on October 8th, which would also be a lovely time to visit.

Details on how to get there, opening times etc, are here.....

Photo by Hydar Dewachi

The Floating Cinema up North

We're thrilled to see that the Floating Cinema, which we developed and progammed from its London Olympics inception until 2015, has made it out of London and up to Hull and Sheffield.

There's a great programme launching any moment and runs July 1st - August 13th, taking in Sheffield, Rotherham, Swinton, Doncaster, Thorne, Goole, South Ferriby and Hull - details of all the screenings and venues are here.

We met the young whippersnapper Harry Meadley a long time ago - I think - when we won the Northern Art Prize in 2007/8 so its great to see he's now part of the Floating Cinema too, with a new commission as part of Hull2017 City of Culture. See more on that new work here.

Giving 25% of The Closer We Get sales to charity

May is Stroke Month, and this year we're giving 25% of all our DVD & online sales of The Closer We Get to support the work of the Stroke Association.

Follow and share this link to support our endeavour!

Abbey Gardens Spring Event, Photo: Nina Pope

Abbey Gardens new season

A little nudge to anyone in or near East London who feels like a bit of gardening:

The new season is well underway at Abbey Gardens, a communal veetable garden which we designed in 2008/9 and which goes from strength to strength each year, now run by an active local Friends group, and - as always - open to absolutely everyone regardless of green fingers or not!

Details on what's happening when are here, or just drop in.
Open to anyone gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm
All tools / guidance are provided free.

Acorn Bank, Penrith - National Trust residency

I'm very happy to be this year's Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Fellow! (that sounds rather grand doesnt it?!)

This means I'm artist-in-residence at the National Trust's lovely Acorn Bank property near Penrith during the summer, culminating in a show there from August to October '17. Dorothy was its owner for a relatively short while before it was the Trust's, and she was by all accounts quite a character (see right).
I know we would have got on!

You can read more about the residency here.

VISIT THE SHOP HERE

You Heard It Here First!

Stoked to be having a flash sale on this coming Mother's Day!

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