New Geographies artist Stuart Whipps is producing a new film exploring the architectural and social histories of Post-War British new towns.
Over the last year, Whipps has been visiting archives, talking to residents, photographing and filming in three locations – Harlow, Basildon and Hatfield. The film will be screened in each of the towns this autumn following on from the recent summer exhibition at UHArts Art and Design Gallery.
The film is an attempt to speak to and represent people who live somewhere ‘new’ which of course in most cases is now far from new. How do people feel about where they live? What have the people who went before them had to say about it? The decision to work directly with residents arose out of lack of material and information found in the extensive records of British new town developments.
At these first public screenings footage will be shared alongside readings of archival material which will eventually be incorporated into the final film to be shown early 2020.
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