Watch 'Depictions of Hounslow', a new film by Martin Newth, at Watermans Riverside Gallery
Newth was commissioned in 2021 by the Creative People & Places Hounslow Visual
Arts Programme to create and curate a new film project with local people,
exploring Hounslow’s identity, geography, culture and history.
Martin, the community was invited to explore Hounslow, uncovering stories of
the borough and bringing them to life through moving image.
pandemic, it is predicted that cities will significantly transform, impacted by
shifts in where people live and work to how people travel and meet. Alongside
local issues, such as the potential expansion of Heathrow (one of Hounslow’s
largest employers), these developments mean now is a moment to focus on how the
Borough is seen, how it sees itself and how it is depicted.
began with Martin Newth exploring Hounslow to create a film essay. This piece
of work titled ‘In Transit’ explores narratives of shifts and changes;
migration, culture and modes of travel, as well as historical and contemporary
depictions of Hounslow by artists throughout the ages.
extended an open invitation to the community to watch his film, and respond to
it, by making their own short films through a series of workshops. The films
they created reflect on cultural diversity and harmony, as well as the rich
history, and the urban beauty to be found in Hounslow.
film ‘Depictions of Hounslow’ brings together the community responses and
Martin’s film to create a multi-faceted look at Hounslow through the eyes of
the people who live here.
Martin Newth is
an artist, and Assistant Dean of
the School of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art, London. A
resident of Ealing, west London, he has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.
As well as his educational leadership he is a founding member of the
pan-European network Parallax and has curated numerous shows and
artist’s projects. Martin’s multi-media practice includes photography, video
and installation where the process by which the work is made is often integral
part to the way the work might engage viewers. www.martinnewth.com
About Creative People & Places
This project was curated
and created by members of the local community in collaboration with the
Creative People & Places Hounslow Visual Arts Programme, which presents new
and original exhibitions in libraries, cafes and other public spaces across the
borough. CPP Hounslow is a consortium led by Watermans. Visit www.hounslowvisualarts.org.uk for more information