Keswick Community Art Project Big Film Finale

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A short film featuring Keswick and members of the Cumbrian community will be screened at the Alhambra cinema on Saturday.

The film is the result of a long-standing art project called Desire Lines focused on Crow Park in Keswick. It explores the relationship between the city’s communities and the local landscape.

The project was hosted by the National Trust and has been led by artist Rebecca Beinart, who has worked with over 100 people in the city since January 2020.

Those involved range from the Students’ Arts Council at St Herbert’s Primary School to members of the Sustainable Keswick and the Keswick Natural History Society.

Making the film saw Rebecca collaborate with a number of Cumbria-based artists and creators, including filmmaker and sound artist RL Wilson, filmmaker Laurence Campbell, writer and artist Wallace Heim, and costume designer Maggi Toner. -Edgar.

Creative writing from community participants helped form the script, and the costumes were made from unwanted outdoor material donated by local businesses with help from Viri Sica and the repair shop. Alpkit Keswick.

Rebecca said: “The Desire Lines film is rooted in Crow Park and explores how a familiar point of view can reveal different ways of experiencing a place.

“It brings together different strands of workshops and research throughout the project, including visual design, costumes, movement and creative writing.

“It has been amazing to work with so many local people over the past 18 months – through the challenges of the pandemic – and to be able to share a collaborative creation. ”

Carol Rennie, from Keswick Alhambra, said: “We are delighted to host the world premiere of a film involving so many people from the communities of Keswick and Cumbria, especially on our second night of reopening after our renovation.”

Jessie Binns, of the National Trust, said: “It has been such a humbling process to see the outpouring of creativity from the people who live at the gate to Crow Park, which we have looked after on behalf of the nation since 1925.

“Listening to the voices of the people who live and work in the places we care for is so vital.

“This project also highlighted the importance of listening to non-human voices: in the film, the weather, water, plants, birds, animals and insects – even geology – play a leading role.”

Eighty guests are expected to attend the world premiere at the Keswick Alhambra where the screening of the film will be accompanied by refreshments inspired by the project’s creative writing workshop, Eating the Landscape, hosted by Kat’s Kitchen, Keswick Brewery and Eva’s Organics. A Q&A with the artist and the filmmakers will follow.

The short film will be available for viewing online via the nationaltrust.org.uk/desire-lines website one week after the premiere.

The project is part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s contemporary art program, supported with public funding from Arts Council England and produced with support from Arts & Heritage.


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