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Karen with Kathy Culpin of Washington DC British Council

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.

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.

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

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....

Prospection 01 - Team photo (minus Sasha!)

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)

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.

MG, Karen & Alan / Javelin meeting in Chicago

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.

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.

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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