There were over 74 trees in Tidemill Garden until Lewisham Council felled them in February 2019. This film combines footage and sound from a performance piece led by David Aylward in the garden with recordings of the individual trees that were numbered in the installation 74 Trees (both in September 2018), along with scenes from the tree demolition itself some four months later.
See PROJECTS : Tidemill.
Filmed at Faircharm Trading Estate, where artists and businesses were evicted by Workspace plc to build 12 and 18 storey blocks of flats. Nearby council homes were plagued by three years of noisy and polluting building work. Featuring text from The Housing of The Poor by William Morris, published in 'Justice', July 1884.
A film about my mother's untimely death in May 2015 on the volcanic island of Lanzarote. She became ill as the plane descended to the airport, and died in hospital later. She was later cremated on the island without ceremony.
Lewisham Council's plan to demolish Tidemill community garden and Reginald House in Deptford to build unaffordable housing was met by strong resistance from local campaign Save Reginald, Save Tidemill, made up of housing and environmental activists. This film features the only political hustings for local Council elections held in May 2017, hosted by the campaign in the garden. Local Labour councillor Joe Dromey defended the Council's plans with misleading statistics.
See PROJECTS : Tidemill.
A film about a community of boaters in Deptford Creek, whose livelihoods and moorings are threatened by adjacent landowners, Artworks, who want to set up a box park container marketplace, raise the rents of the boat dwellers and block their access. Artworks worked with Lend Lease in Elephant & Castle to provide 'meantime' use on the demolished Heygate Estate, where over 1200 council homes were lost and replaced with private flats.
The theme of Deptford X 2015 was 'Deptford Conversations'. As Deptford Is Forever, Sue Lawes and David Aylward took the opportunity to talk to locals about the Deptford Anchor, using red tape to symbolise the excessive bureaucracy involved in persuading Lewisham Council to reinstate a much loved piece of public realm that they'd previously removed.
A timelapse movie of Creekery #2, an installation in Deptford Creek at Harold Wharf, home of APT Gallery. The piece was selected for Creekside Open by Dexter Dalward, and the film was made over the duration of the exhibition and later shown at Twentieth, an APT Gallery show in 2017.
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