Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday 5th November at Peninsula Arts in Plymouth

Maria and Chris ran a workshop at Peninsula Arts in Plymouth on Saturday the 5th November. We'd been looking forward to this event for some time as, our host, the artist, Kayla Parker had originally contacted us after our workshop for Brighton Cine City in December 2010 where a special showcase of her work was screened. Kayla's work is also part of the One Minute volume five touring programme organised by The Museum of Club Culture's Kerry Baldry so, although we hadn't met Kayla in person until this weekend we already felt very much like we knew her. Kayla and Peninsula Arts' David McErlane were great hosts and had done a great deal of publicity in attracting the wide range of Plymothians who joined us for our workshop and presentation about the project just after the screening of another direct film that Kayla had made with a group of local schoolchildren. It was great to share some of our edited work and the film generated during the day was excellent, whilst all of our participants were a very warm and welcoming bunch.
Peninsula Arts is a great space and currently one of the hosting venues for the British Art Show that is shared through several arts venues around the city. Neither of us had been to Plymouth before and were stunned by the preserved Hoe and Barbican areas that definitely made the six hour train journeys there and back from Manchester and London worth while! It was also great to see Chris Bartholomew who Chris had worked with in the Netherlands come and and check out the project. Thanks again to Kayla, David and our volunteers from Plymouth University's Media Arts Department for all their help - hope to see you again Plymouth!

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