This Thursday sees the start of a new screening strand and partnership between ourselves and Gallery at Munro House. The new film programme is a curation of the best independent cinema showcased alongside some of the most innovative exhibition of artwork in the region.
The first collaboration in this year’s series (and our first screening since becoming The Second Best Community Film Exhibitor in Britain™) will see Jim Jarmusch’s ode to conversation while enjoying a cup-o-joe and a smoke, Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), screened alongside an exhibition of coffee brewing equipment through the years and will be preceded with a reading by Piers Alexander from his novel ‘The Bitter Trade’ which is set within the coffee-house revolution of the 17th century. Tickets are available now along with our full preview here.
In November, Gallery will host the inaugural ‘MACP’ exhibition of Leeds College of Art MA Creative Practice postgraduate students. Within this exhibition, graduating artists present work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill, exploring the intersection between researched contextualisation, personal practice and current events. Works involve a cross-section of interdisciplinary art united through creative practice.
During the exhibition’s run we will be presenting a special screening of Neil Berkeley’s Wayne White documentary, Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012). The film was voted one of the top 20 films of Leeds International Film Festival in 2012, but the film has never been shown theatrically in the UK.
Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as a key member of the creative team for the TV show, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. With an infectiously positive attitude and outlook towards creativity, White is an inspiration for anybody seeking to carve out a career in life and a life through a career.
Our third and final offering in this initial series is the fascinating found photography documentary Finding Vivian Maier (2013). This documentary delves into the life of Maier, a Chicago nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. In the film the grown-up children whom she had cared for in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s recall how she combined her work as a photographer with her day job as a nanny; frequently taking the young children in her care on lengthy excursions when she took her photographs.
The film will screen alongside the 26th Shot Up North SUN Awards when they make their stop in Leeds this December. The awards celebrate and reward the best commercial photography in the UK, working within the disciplines of Advertising, Design, Fashion and Editorial.
Tickets for all screenings are available now from our online ticket office. Further details for each upcoming event will be posted in due course but we hope you’ll join us in this joint endeavour to offer an immersive and engaging experience to cinema and art fans alike.