Visual Artist Phil Collins Reaches out to Communities in Glasgow for Queen’s Park Film Project
Part of Queen’s Park Film Festival 2014
Renowned award-winning artist Phil Collins will unveil his latest film project commissioned by The Common Guild in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park this July as part of Festival 2014. He is now seeking private photographs and personal stories from people living in Glasgow for a potential contribution to the film, as well as dancers, singers and performers of all ages and from every walk of life.
Fusing fantasy and reality, Collins’ project will draw on a range of stories, characters and images from Glasgow to create a unique, surprising and highly original new vision of the city.
For his latest work Collins, who has strong links to the city, both through family and having lived here in the 1990s and 2000s, is asking people to share pictures from their photo albums, more specifically those of all kinds of relationships – from marriages and love affairs to life-long friendships – as well as tales from individuals and communities reflecting the unique character that makes up the city of Glasgow.
Taking place on Saturday 19th July 2014, the special visual arts project is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, which is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. Programmed under Festival 2014, the project will be part of the massive Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action. The film will be accompanied by a specially commissioned musical score and presented in a free event in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park.
Awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for visual arts in 2001, Collins was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006. His work is characterised by a close engagement with people and communities, reflecting on the status of the individual and the collective in our media-dominated society. Glasgow is a city with untold subcultural and popular histories and is rich in the contradictions, which the artist is drawn to.
Says Collins: “Glaswegians are known the world over for being born storytellers and comedians. The city’s literary influence outranks most others by a country mile but an original and forceful facility with language is equally heard from every street corner, bus stop and taxi rank. I’m meeting with ordinary Glaswegians who have stories to tell, some private and as yet unheard, some everyday, some extraordinary, some painful, some comic, but all of which reflect the character and breadth of Glasgow”.
About the photos he’s collecting, Collins has added: “Photographs of relationships, such as weddings, commitment ceremonies or secret love affairs, are full of happy memories, surprises, accidents and, not rarely, serious fashion disasters.” He is keen to encourage a wide range of submissions: from conventional relationships to secret friendships, and from every kind of sexual orientation. All kinds of photographs are accepted.
Phil Collins’ latest project follows a series of film screenings of his previous works around Glasgow over the last few months which have presented subjects such as former teachers of Marxism-Leninism in East Germany, a family of Kosovan Albanian refugees and a group of Malaysian skinheads.
More information on tickets and full listing information will be announced soon.
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How to submit photographs and stories:
• Send copies of photographs by scanning and e-mailing to: email@example.com
• Take photographs to Photo Express, 692 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow where the helpful staff will scan your picture for free and return the original to you. Open 10am – 9pm, 7 days a week.
• Scan photos for free at selected libraries on Wednesdays (11am – 2pm), Thursdays (5pm – 8pm) and Saturdays (11am – 2pm) from the 8th to the 27th February.
• Participating libraries in the city include Pollokshaws, Langside, Pollokshields, Elder Park, Maryhill, The Library @ GOMA and The Mitchell
• Those who would like to tell their story should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 428 3022 leaving contact details.
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