A&H Screening Room 2024

View the new film from Liz Gre which was recently screened at the RSC: ثلاثة خيوط ذهبية (Three Gold Threads). View the film and our Screening Room archive.

A&H is delighted to announce the next film on our Screening Room Channel by artist, composer and performer, Liz Gre. This film is from Gre’s project ثلاثة خيوط ذهبية (Three Gold Threads), which was part of A&H’s Meeting Point programme. Liz worked closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company and local community members, exploring Shakespeare’s First Folio from the perspectives of refugees living in Stratford-upon-Avon today

The film was originally on display at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of their exhibition The Play’s the Thing and is now available to view online for the first time. Gre worked with women from Palestine, Kurdistan, Sudan and Syria to co-produce the film installation and sound piece, using workshops, storytelling and interviews to explore the histories, tragedies and dramas of the plays through their own stories and lives. Gre then weaved these voices and stories together to create a new composition and film inspired by the First Folio, presenting its themes from the perspectives of the women involved.

There’s a variety of different languages within the film and it has been an artistic decision to not include subtitles:

The integrity of this work relies on audiences welcoming the opportunity to view work without it needing to be consumable, as so many works made by and with People of the Global Majority are, and as is a continuation of the legacy of colonialism, imperialism, and global slavery. It has been my preference that this work exists in its opacity — which serves as a sheath of protection for the delicate stories that were so generously and bravely shared. I would encourage us to re-think the accessibility argument in this case. It is an audio-visual work and, to put it bluntly, even with translations and captions those with hearing impairments still may not hear the music. Those with visual impairments still may not see the gold threads kissing brown fingertips. The only audience members this becomes more accessible to are English-speakers. Please understand, this is not meant to ridicule or judge the national audience. It is my hope and assumption that those who view the work do so with care and respect. – Liz Gre

ثلاثة خيوط ذهبية (Three Gold Threads) will be available to view on our Screening Room Channel until the end of June.

Photographs © Pascal Vossen

Previously shown projects on the A&H Screening Room:

new things appear where the goddess walks by Frances Disley

Online 23rd April – 20th May

new things appear where the goddess walks by artist Frances Disley builds on Disley’s ongoing interest in the subject of self care. The video was originally part of a solo presentation at Abingdon Studios and is conceived as a herbal spell for a 14-year-old girl. The video formed just part of the network of forms, ranging from sculpture, painting and drawing, all intended to be useful, necessary, or pertinent to the needs of the young person in the past, present and future.

New things appear where the goddess walks, 2022. Originally commissioned by Abingdon Studios and you can watch it here.

Panegyric by Dan Scott and Tom Adams

Online 26th March – 22nd April

This beautiful new film builds on work from 2021 – 2022 when the artists were commissioned by Naseby 1645 to produce an artwork in response to the site as part of A&H’s Meeting Point programme. This performance work brought together civil war reenactors, local children, and musicians, who collaborated with the artists in All Saints Church in Naseby to explore the sounds and atmosphere of the Battle of Naseby, one of the most significant battles of the English Civil War.⁠ You can view the film on the project page here.

Olana Light: The Gypsum Spirit of the Thornborough Henges

Online 21st December – 5th January

For A&H’s Digital Winter Commission Olana Light considered many Neolithic sites across the country before filming her performance and film at Thornborough Henges, North Yorkshire. The commission can still be viewed in our Digital Winter Commission archive here.

Enam Gbewonyo: Under the Skin of a Guild: Wake of Lost Souls

Online 1st December – 17th December

Under the Skin of a Guild: Wake of Lost Souls emerged from a closed live performance which A&H commissioned in April 2022 as part of our 10th anniversary programme. The subsequent film based on the performance is jointly commissioned by A&H and Guildhall Art Gallery, London.

Read more about the project here.

Luke Fowler: Ilam Actual (version)

Online from 6 November – 19 November 2023

Turner-nominated artist and filmmaker Luke Fowler’s work Ilam Actual (version) 2023 was part of Arts&Heritage’s Meeting Point programme, funded by Arts Council England. The project was a culmination of Fowler’s work with young people, via CIC Soft Touch Arts, at the National Trust’s Ilam Hall and YHA’s Ilam Park, guiding the young people to respond to the grounds and wider environment of the Peak District over the course of a single weekend. It is composed of a series of non-narrative ‘actuality films’ and sound recordings made by each participant, under the guidance of Luke Fowler, experimental filmmaker Alex Hetherington and sound artist Lee Patterson.

Read more about project.

Sophie Dixon: Grace, 2021

Online from 26 June – 30 July 2023

Sophie Dixon’s work, Grace (2021) was originally part of Arts&Heritage’s Meeting Point programme, for which Dixon created her film from her research at The RNLI’s Grace Darling Museum. Dixon’s film installation explored Grace Darling and her historic rescue of nine stranded survivors onboard the shipwrecked SS Forfarshire in 1838, on the 183rd anniversary of the rescue.

Read more about the project.

Anna Cady: It’s People & It’s Plants, 2022

Online from 11 May – 12 June 2023

A&H presented Anna Cady’s film, It’s People & It’s Plants (2022), alongside two shorter films: Bluets (2022) and Betty’s Butterfly Box (2022), all made during a spring 2022 residency at Furzey Gardens, New Forest National Park. The residency was part of A&H’s Meeting Point programme. Anna Cady created this series of new films to mark the centenary of Furzey Gardens and collaborate with the people they support; adults with learning disabilities while working alongside the staff, volunteers, gardeners and visiting public. 

Read more about the project.

Jordan Baseman: Do Faster Win More, 2022

Online from 18 April – 7 May 2023

Do Faster Win More explored ambition, success and failure through the lens of Paralympic cyclist Lora Fachie OBE. Inspired by the history of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Do Faster Win More revealed the timelessness and universality of certain human qualities and ideas and created new ways for people to connect with Paralympic heritage. Baseman’s 11-minute film built on interviews with Lora and was then added to the collection of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. 

Read more about the project.

Savinder Bual: The Train Effect, 2022

Online from 23 February – 7 April 2023

Savinder Bual’s film The Train Effect was inspired by how, in 1840, the Great Western Railway introduced ‘Railway Time’, meaning a single, standardised time was used on its line, and subsequently across railway stations in Great Britain. The film, previously installed in the waiting room at Didcot Railway Centre in 2022 as part of A&H’s Meeting Programme 5, was accompanied with writing by the artist and a reflective essay by art critic Ingrid Swenson.

Read more about the project.