Chester Film CO-OP preview

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.

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Janet Hodgson, lead artist, in conversation with the Lord Mayor

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.

Odeon photo exhibition
the life of the Odeon

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 We’ll post details about future exhibitions, workshops and seminars on this blog.

The Chester Film CO-OP - Northgate St view
The Chester Film CO-OP – the view from Northgate ST

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.



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