Emma’s Review of 2010 – 3 – Exhibitions

2010…in my first two look backs  I covered some of the great television programmes we contributed archive material to this year, and celebrated the success of www.wevee.co.uk . What else did we contribute to last year?

Well, MACE is very pleased to have supplied material to Museums & Exhibitions in the East and West Midlands:

New Art Exchange, Nottingham – ‘Meaning of Style’

MACE supplied a long list of material for this exhibition on Black British Style and the underlying political and social environment,  which ran from Saturday 16 January – Saturday 10 April 2010.

The New Art Exchange in Nottingham presented this exhibition ‘exploring the presence of young African Caribbean men in Britain over the last 40 years, and how Black music, fashion and culture have influenced mainstream society.’

New Art Exchange wrote:

Young African Caribbean men have often been portrayed as low achievers and perpetrators of crime in British society. But now, with Barack Obama winning the presidency of the biggest superpower in the world, will we see these same young men portrayed in a different light; as a source of huge potential for the future? Will the achievement of black youth in Britain over the last 40 years be recognised and honoured?

Click here for further information

Worcestershire County Museum – From Plough to Plate

MACE supplied a number of films to a permanent gallery at Worcestershire County Museum called From Plough to Plate. This was the fourth of the museums new galleries launched on 17th October to coincide with their Country Festival event, and we provided a series of films on agriculture that can be seen by visitors on a specially produced DVD.

Midlands News: 20.09.1962: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 29.09.1965: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 26.05.1965: Asparagus Farming

Midlands News: 02.11.1967: Horse Ploughing

Midlands News: 07.10.1965: Horse and Tractor Ploughing Championships

ATV Today: 29.12.1970: Interview with Bob Brickell re. shire horses

Plums That Please (no clip to view online at present)

Click here to read news of the launch back in October

Read our blog post back in October and view pictures of the gallery.

Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra

MACE supplied a large amount of moving image to Birmingham Popular Music Archive’s hour long documentary Made In Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra, produced by Swish Ltd.

The film concentrates on those 3 genres of music and uses rare and unseen archive material interlaced with contemporary interviews with musicians such as UB40, Steel Pulse, Beshara, Swami, The Nightingales, Au Pairs, Amlak, The Prefects, Fuzzbox, The Ever Readies, The Accused, Apna Sangeeta and others.

The documentary takes a look at how these groups started, the venues they played in and how they music they made reflected their communities social, political and cultural issues. Directed by Deborah Aston and produced by swish for the Birmingham Popular Music Archive the film takes a fond look at Birmingham and some of its music heritage.

The film premiered at the Midland Art Centre in the ‘plug in’ exhibition space  and has subsequently screened at the MAC on a number of occasions.

Visit the Birmingham Popular Music Archive here

Read about Deborah Aston’s experience of making the documentary here

The Opening of Sessions House, Northampton

MACE supplied a short film of Sessions House in Northampton, following its reopening in 2010. The Sessions House is a Grade I listed building built in 1675 following the Great Fire of Northampton. It is often considered one of the finest provincial courthouses in England. The court finally moved in 1993, and the building stood empty until last year  when a new visitor centre was opened. Footage from MACE’s archive featured on a loop in the foyer during the opening of this new centre.

For more information about Sessions House, click here

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery – Portrait of A City

In September 2010. MACE contributed to this exhibition with film of, among others,  Viv Anderson, born in Clifton and a hero of Nottingham Forest and England; Notts County Manager Jimmy Sirrell; and actor John Neville.

Click here
to read my original post

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