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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!)

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!

Ged Fitzsimmons 


 

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!

Various ferments afoot.....

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.

Nina and Karen visit Kanazawa in 2006

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!

Photo: Nina Pope

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!

Looking forward to another 20!

Somewhere at 10 years! Photo: Jet

20 years of Somewhere!

FLOATING CINEMA FINALE: FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING of THE CLOSER WE GET
Thurs. Aug 20th @ Three Mills, Bow, London E3 3DU

We'd like to warmly invite you to a fabulous summer evening celebrating both 5 years of the Floating Cinema and 20 years of Somewhere.

Yes it really is 20 years since our first exhibition Somewhere Over The TV at the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh!
We have made many films and projects together since then and the latest one Repeat to Flourish has gone online last week - an archive commission created for The Floating Cinema this summer as it travelled from Brentford to Bristol and back again.

So to celebrate we'd like to invite you to join us for an exclusive al fresco free screening of The Closer We Get - Somewhere's fourth feature film - which as most of you will know is about Karen's own family - an incredible autobiographical tale of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption spanning decades and continents. We're delighted that the film was recently awarded one of the documentary world's highest accolades - Best International Feature - at Canada's Hot Docs - and we're really looking forward to sharing it with many of our friends here.

"A beautifully rendered and ultimately heart-breaking reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life"
Alison Rowat, The Herald ****

You can watch the Trailer, read reviews and see more about the film here at: www.thecloserweget.com

We'll be there to introduce the film - on an evening that marks 20 years of working together as Somewhere and the end of five very happy years collaborating with UP projects on The Floating Cinema. Feel free to come early & bring along your own picnic, drinks, dogs (on leads) and friends for this special event - we hope to raise a glass with some of you as we wait for it to grow dark!

The event is very near to another, much loved, Somewhere project Abbey Gardens - so you can even double up and go to the garden club before you come to Three Mills - www.abbeygardens.org

Though the event is free, tickets are limited so please reserve yours here!

Very best wishes,

Nina & Karen

A New Somewhere Film is born

This is our last year programming the lovely Floating Cinema, and as part of our send-off we got to make a new film purely from archive films, new and old, 'Repeat to Flourish' - which we have shown both one and off the boat this summer.
Now you can watch this little gem online :-)

The word 'archive' conjures up black and white, grainy footage (and we have a lot of that lovely stuff in there) but in fact with the bold Alice Powell our editor, we sourced lots of more recent material via YouTube to use, and we are grateful to everyone who pitched in some footage for us. We found kids doing parkour, men pretending to be horses and much more besides, and as ever with old films, it's a constant delight to us film makers to see what others in your shoes have done with a camera since it was invented.

The film journeys - like the barge - along the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bristol to London, and is about 20 minutes long, with a great soundtrack from the Olden brothers.

To watch free, online, for one year only just click right here!

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