Last night I had the great pleasure of attending the mini launch of the Chester film CO-OP. The CO-OP aims to turn a small corner of the Odeon into a creative meeting and thinking space, which will host exhibitions, seminars and workshops. Janet Hodgson, the Lead Artist, is very keen for this project to be *a collective* and a place where *we can make things happen*. Everyone is invited to get involved, help develop and creative new works, and share skills. You’ll find details of how you can get involved below.
The inaugural show – *All Together Now* – celebrates these themes, demonstrating how collective action can develop into art. I particularly enjoyed the Truce Tableaux film, which reconstructs this scene from Rush Hour on the streets of London. Next door, we stepped into the personal archive of Peter Davies, Chief Projectionist of the Odeon. A unique insight into the life of this beautiful building, brimming with character and characters.
How the CO-OP develops is down to you, people of Chester. Pop down today (Sat) or tomorrow (Sun), 10-5pm, if you have memories to share about the Odeon. If you wish to be involved in the Chester Film CO-OP, you can contact Janet via email -firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post details about future exhibitions, workshops and seminars on this blog.
Finally, if you can’t make the exhibition this weekend, the films will be screened on a loop at nightfall for the next month. These can be viewed via Northgate Street. Popcorn optional.