Unearthed: Rectory Gardens Video Archive Workshops

With Spectacle Media

Spectacle Media are hosting a series of free video archive and participatory filmmaking workshops as part of Unearthed: Collective Histories. The workshops will explore the cultural contributions of squatting movements across the borough of Lambeth, with a specific focus on the history of Rectory Gardens – a street of houses in Clapham’s Old Town, a short walk from Studio Voltaire.

Spectacle Media is a Battersea-based community interest company specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media.

They will use their extensive archive of film and audio recordings to examine the broader changes in the Clapham area over the last thirty years, from the history of Rectory Gardens, a squat-turned-housing-cooperative in Clapham’s Old Town which began life in the 1970s, to campaigns to save local streets and areas from being compulsorily purchased.

These sessions will explore archive materials as well as providing participants with hands-on practical experience in recording oral histories. Each session will be participant-led and collaborative, with the collective aim of sharing the outcomes at a public screening event at Studio Voltaire in May 2023.

Participants are welcome to join any of the six sessions and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.

These workshops are free to attend and will be hosted online. If you prefer, or do not have access to a computer, you are welcome to join the workshops in-person at Studio Voltaire.

Once you have signed up, you will receive links to resources and workshop sessions.

The Rectory Gardens Video Archives workshops are part of Unearthed: Collective Histories - a new twelve-month pilot programme of commissions, workshops and events uncovering the overlooked 20th Century histories of Studio Voltaire’s locality.

  1. Sessions will take place online via Zoom, as well as in person at Studio Voltaire, in the Event Studio.

    Studio Voltaire has step-free access throughout our gallery, participation and events spaces, cafe, shop and garden. Accessible toilets and baby change facilities are available on the ground and first floor. All our toilets are self-enclosed and all-gender.

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    If you have any questions or need assistance with your visit please contact us on +(0)207 622 1294 or email info@studiovoltaire.org.

  2. Growing out of Spectacle’s decades of pioneering participatory video practice, Spectacle Media is a non-profit Community Interest Company specifically championing community uses of digital media. Spectacle Media uses new technologies to empower groups and individuals through learning video-making skills, working collaboratively on community-led media production and engaging with online participatory filmmaking and editing.

    Spectacle Media also has access to Spectacle’s production equipment and thousands of hours of Spectacle’s unique video archive on themes including urbanism, human rights, social justice, utopianism, alternative media, top-down vs. bottom-up regeneration, housing and more. Spectacle Media aims to develop projects to open and explore the video archive with communities interested in its content.

  3. Rectory Gardens is a street of houses in Clapham’s Old Town, less than a mile from Studio Voltaire, that was severely damaged by bombing during WWII. In the late 1960s, a group of squatters moved into the street and slowly renovated the houses. From the 1970s to the eviction in 2014, the street played host to an industrious community of artists, musicians, poets and unconventional ‘free thinkers’.

Wednesday 22 February 2023, 6–8 pm

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 6–8 pm

Thursday 23 March 2023, 6–8 pm

Thursday 27 April 2023, 6–8 pm

Thursday 4 May 2023, 6–8 pm

Wednesday 17 May 2023, 6–8 pm

Studio Voltaire
1A Nelsons Row
London SW4 7JR

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm.

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