Workshop, ART, ACTION and ACTIVISM, 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017 2pm to 6pm
Location in St Pauls, Bristol

Workshop for young people aged 18 to 30 yrs old.

We encourage people to bring a friend or to collaborate in pairs.

Join us for a two-part workshop: Throughout the day participants will make a collective 16mm black & white film using contact printing and photogram processes. Materials will be provided, but you can bring along materials such as wool, hair, netting, or small objects you would like to print. As we wait for the film to dry, we will watch and discuss a selection of short experimental films from the Cinenova archive of feminist film and video addressing themes of art, action and activism and how film might be used as a political act. The workshop is presented in relation to 'The sun went in, the fire went out: landscapes in film, performance and text by Annabel Nicolson, Carlyle Reedy and Marie Yates', an exhibition curated by Elisa Kay and Karen Di Franco, which took place at Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art from January to March 2016. The exhibition included new and existing work made by three artists who were important figures in the UK art scene of the 1970s and 80s but who have been written out of standard histories. Workshop facilitated by artist Laura Phillips and curator Elisa Kay.


Thursday 18 February
Location in St Pauls, Bristol

BEEF is delighted to welcome Lucy Reynolds and Irene Revell to host an evening of films for CINENOVA CHAIN LETTER. Through the process of a four-part chain letter, we explore Cinenova a unique feminist film distributor based in London with its origins in two pre-existing feminist organisations, Circles and Cinema of Women. Cinenova’s diverse archive includes experimental film, artists’ moving image, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the present. Themes include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, reproductive labour, representation of gender, race, sexuality and, importantly, the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

1) The first film Serpent River 1989 has been selected by BEEF member Laura Phillips who made the initial invitation to Cinenova to visit BEEF. Each subsequent selector has been asked to respond to the previous choice and use this as an opportunity to explore the Cinenova catalogue.
2) The second film Women of the Rhondda 1972 has been co-selected by BEEF members Louisa Fairclough and Elisa Kay.
3) The third film choice is She Said 1982 selected by Lisa Brook and Lady Lucy of Independent Heroines.
4) The fourth film will be And What Does Your Mother Do? 1981 co-selected by our guest hosts Irene Revell and Lucy Reynolds.

Irene Revell is Director of Electra, an organisation that curates, commissions and produces projects by artists working across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts. She is also a member of the Cinenova Working Group and Visiting Curator on the MA programme Sound Arts at London College of Communication.

Lucy Reynolds is an artist and writer interested in the generative power of the spaces, discourses and memories of feminism. She has lectured and published extensively, most particularly focused on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space and collective practice. She runs the MRES: Art Moving Image Course at St Martins in association with LUX.

Independent Heroines was a Bristol-based feminist film festival programmed around the theme of heroines; women who work, create and exist on their own terms, outside the narrow confines of what society says a woman can be. Themed events revealed inspirational figures past and present from such diverse fields as film, music, art, literature, burlesque dancing, radical cheerleading, skateboarding and politics.

Screening 7.30pm, doors 7pm