We were delighted to hold an atmospheric film and projection evening in the community garden at Boundary Way, as part of Wolverhampton Artists Open Studios Weekend. Boundary Way Project shared new films created by community film maker Rachel Gillies and artist Graham Everitt to a captive audience in the polytunnel.
The evening presentation took place on a mild early autumn evening and anticipation grew as the audience arrived to watch the show, taking a torchlit journey up the allotment path to the venue. Whilst waiting for the films to begin, visitors had the opportunity to view the exhibition, which had been held in the poly tunnel during the day, in a whole new light. Fairy lights and a setting sun lit up works by artist Sally Deegan, the Botanical INKollective and many more, making for a new viewing experience and a perfect end to the day's exhibition.
When it was time for the films to start they told the story of Boundary Way Project during lockdown, celebrating landscape and community, and showcasing nature inspired poetry and art. Rachel Gillies film was shown first, a short film about the work of Boundary Way Project exploring how nature and creativity support wellbeing by linking to the five ways to wellbeing - Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Keep Learning and Give. The film particularly looked at how we have explored new ways of working in lockdown and our work to declare a climate emergency, which was particularly poignant with the showing being just weeks before the beginning of the UN Climate Change Conference - COP26. Thank you to Rachel for her wonderful depiction of our work over the past 18 months, representing everything from poetry to sustainability.
The evening continued with a short break for further exhibition viewing and then the premiere of Graham Everitt's film, which captures the stories and characters at Boundary Way Allotments. The film takes the form of a series of creative interviews with plot holders Gretel, Jez, Dave and Max discussing the importance of the allotment to them, particularly during lockdown, capturing the essence of the Boundary Way community. We'd like to thank Graham for creating this powerful film about Boundary Way and look forward to working with him again next year as part of the British Art Show Offsite 9 programme.
This event has been made possible with support from the Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage.