28th February – 30th March
The Cob Gallery is delighted to present Eleanor, a cinematic installation directed by Alex Warren and Tobias Ross-Southall. The installation follows three solitary women over the course of one eventful night, and examines what it means to be alone in a city like London. BAFTA nominated actress Ruth Wilson plays all three women.
Eleanor unfolds across three large interplaying screens, with one screen apportioned to each character. As the night progresses and the three narratives cross, characters move between the screens, stepping from one to the next, creating a real-time immersive experience.
Warren and Ross-Southall drew inspiration for the characters within Eleanor from three different poems: If I Could Tell You by W.H.Auden, Acquainted With The Night by Robert Frost, and The Faithless Wife by Leonard Cohen.
They approached three of the country’s finest young writers – Polly Stenham, Michael Lesslie and Anya Reiss – to interpret the three original source poems from which the characters had been conceived.
The score for the film features music by Blaine Harrison from The Mystery Jets and Johnny Lloyd formerly of Tribes, whilst also featuring a collaboration with Romany Pajdak and Kristen McNally from The Royal Ballet.
Eleanor is supported by Creative England and the BFI, as well as a number of private donors and creative funder, IdeasTap.
Curator and Cob Gallery director Victoria Williams has approached artists associated with the Cob Gallery to submit artwork inspired by the original Auden, Cohen and Frost poems. Postcard Project features small-scale original work from:
Eve Ackroyd · Becky Allen · Marcus Autelli · Hannah Bays · Millie Brown · Gabriella Boyd · Phoebe Collings-James · Miriam Elia · Arelette Ess · Simon Farid · Nina Fowler · Neal Fox · Felix Friedmann · Ralph Fuller · Fee Greening · Beatrice Haines · Walter Hugo · Reynir Hutber · Hayden Kays · Kate McMorrine · Mark Melvin · Adeline de Monseignat · Catherine Roisster · Kate Street · Julian Walker
Postcards are for sale with proceeds going to the Cob Gallery’s new charity – Cobble Together for the Arts.
Cobble Together For The Arts
The Cob Gallery has launched a new charity, Cobble Together For The Arts, aimed at tackling inequality both in the arts and through the arts, by providing education, employment and community projects for young people in London.
The charity is inviting students within the borough of Camden to view Eleanor and respond with their own piece – in whatever form, from painting to poetry to film. The work will form an exhibition and be judged by a panel including Matt Smith and Sunday Times art critic, Waldemar Januszczak.
An education and mentoring project will run alongside this, comprising of a series of workshops for students with leading professionals working in film, theatre, TV and the music industries to inspire and support students from across the borough.
Williams, Cobble founder said: “Increasingly the arts is seen as an indulgence for the few. Unpaid internships and freelancers forced to undercut one another have created a world that seems inaccessible to many. This project will provide practical advice from top professionals, and hopefully inspire them to see creativity as an attribute to be cherished, and that can lead to a successful career.”
I WALKED TILL DAWN
As part of the Postcard Project, Walter Hugo & Zoniel created I Walked Til Dawn, a series of hand coated archival digital pigment prints in response to Acquainted With The Night by Robert Frost.
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