MACE & Full Circle get inspired!


Today myself, @luciekerley and Emma from @MACEarchive attended the CIN Creative networking at The QUAD, Derby. Twitter @derbyquad http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/ It was a great opportunity to discuss ideas about MACE, The Media Archive for Central England and our new Heritage Lottery Funded project – Full Circle – a community film search which aims to ‘connect the midlands with it’s screen heritage’.

Today’s visit to The QUAD – Derby’s Visual Arts Gallery – was a fantastic way to meet other creative individuals, drink great coffee and see just what the Derby Arts scene has to offer. Downstairs is a BFI Mediatheque – ‘an exciting and unique collection of film and television from the British Film Institute’s National Archive – a digital jukebox featuring many of the best, the rarest and most extraordinary titles’.

Currently showing…
Heartlands: A Portrait of Derby and the East Midlands.
In association with MACE and EM:Media, the BFI and QUAD have put together a collection which explores films and tv from and about the East Midlands.

I also had the chance to see a beautiful solo exhibition by the UK and China based artist Dinu Li – ‘Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery’

I particularly enjoy the way he juxtaposes old family photographs with his own contemporary, colour, medium format shots. Using both past and present images to tell the whole story.

The exhibition highlights the importance of preserving visual family records. By doing so, we can learn so much from our ancestors and their past, and see just how our communities have been shaped over the years.

Full Circle’s search for hidden film & moving image footage of the Midlands will be a way of preserving our communities heritage, in a way that will not only benefit us but future generations too.

Li’s exhibition illuminates his continuous research into the structures defining contemporary China’s cultural development. Through a range of mediums; video, animation and performance – Li’s productions tease out the broader readings of a contemporary society – seemingly nebulous – to it’s politically turbulent past, and to it’s current status as a force of ceaseless expansion and consumption.’

Curated by Louise Clements and Alfredo Cramerotti.

Exhibition continues 3 July – 5 September.

Exhibited alongside Li’s fantastic works of art, are artists Seba Kurtis – Salam: an exploration of human trafficking and local photo studies in North Africa and Esyllt Hedd Evans – And All Because of This: an exploration of melancholy, memory and the passing of time.

and last but not least…

‘Consider This’
An exhibition of photography, film and multimedia showcasing work created by young people from Kingsmead School and Newton’s Walk Ks2 unit. ‘Consider This’ illustrates young people’s thoughts and opinions around many themes such as, Identity, Change, Safety and Healthy Lifestyles and Money.

I definitely recommend heading to The Quad asap!

Lucie Kerley

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