Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted Artists Films

Kearsney Interpreted

On March 12th and April 12th 2019  videos made by the commissioned artists for the Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted project were shown to the public at the Silver Screen cinema, Gaol Lane, Dover CT16 1PH.

Phil Saunders, Nature’s Guardian animation 7.42 min
Phil Saunders worked with children from Guston Primary School to create his mixed media animation. It’s about how important it is that we care for our parks and the wildlife that lives there. The work includes stop motion animation, hand drawn 2D animation, rota scope and filmed footage. The children gathered natural materials such as leaves, twigs and bark and used coloured paper to make rubbings which have been used in stop motion sequence. Anita Sedgewick

Louise Webb, Stretches of earth shared, exchanged and collected 8’17 min
The film represents different perspectives of the park, referring to places created and remembered by the public that engaged with a workshop I held as part of my residency. I created a workshop investigating the idea of shared and private land, playing with the boundaries that parks have and giving creative tools to explore and change these boundaries by adding. I am interested in how different age groups use the park and the physiological effect it has on them from documenting the way the parks are navigated and the procedures in place to guide visitors around different spaces, removing sections, questioning how this can reflect the boundaries of imagination. Louise Webb

Jamie Jenkinson, Selected Videos from Kearsney Park : Chalk Stream 6’07”, Umbrella 5’20”, Bridge 3’46” and group video 13’ 42” Group Video Contributors: Alma Tischlerwood, Anna-Marya Tompa, Clare Smith, Janet Dray, Joanna Jones, Mike Tedder, Phil Goss & Steph Wallace.
For my Kearsney Interpreted residency I wanted to use the park as a source of inspiration for a series of new videos, and to share my approach with other park users. As my practice is very simple, making unedited videos on my phone, it is widely accessible as a way of making, though the techniques are somewhat experimental. The first three videos shown here are my own: Chalk Stream, Bridge, and Umbrella. The final montage of videos are by participants of video walk workshops I held in Kearsney Park in the summer and autumn of 2018. All the videos shown are untrimmed and unaltered, and were shot on a variety of smartphones in their standard video mode. Jamie Jenkinson

Katharine Beaugié  Documentary of the twilight event: River Song 4′ 8″
River Song: swans | music  | water | light  was an evening’s ‘music & light symbiotic’ event set in Kearsney Abbey and the River Garage Studio and featured performances, classical music and an exhibition of photo-works. The inspiration for the event was sought from my own childhood memories of the elegant swans and the pristine water of the River Dour that flows through the park. The artwork was made to allow park users and new visitors to realise the natural phenomena found in these waters and to honour the collective memory of the swans lost earlier in 2018. Katharine Beaugie.

Clare Smith Watercress and Daffodils 44 mins
The video  explores the parallels between the structural laying bare of Russell Gardens as it is about to undergo a major restoration project as part of Dover District Council’s Kearsney Parks project and the revelation of a personal story connected to Kearsney Court Gardens, of which Russell Gardens was once an integral part.

DAD production Park Bench 40 mins,
Directed by Joanna Jones, edited with Jamie Jenkinson with an original soundtrack by Richard Bundy. 40 mins
During the Summer of 2018 artists and poets made work sitting on a park bench of their choice in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. Park Bench brings together work from 58 visual artists, poets and musicians, highlighting the quality and abundance of creative practitioners now living and working in Dover and the surrounding area.

Just to say a huge thank you for the wonderful films yesterday.  We were so glad to come to both screenings as it gave a proper perspective on the whole project.  We were both so moved by Watercress and Daffodils which seemed to  take us both so gently on a physical journey through the garden space, a mental journey through its history but also on an emotional journey – as we descended the space of the garden we explored some of the depths of what gardens and parks mean in times of sadness.   This beautiful film worked on so many different levels. That it was followed by so many individual responses to the garden was a wonderful insight into other people’s thoughts –  together the films have fundamentally shifted the way in which I am able to experience and value these open spaces as made and continuing to be made by us all.

All the films were made during Art in the Park: Kearsney Interpretedan Arts Council funded Dover District Council project delivered in partnership with Dover Arts Development.