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Sarah Turner, Public House, 2016

Sarah Turner, Public House, 2016

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Sarah Turner ‘Public House’

Screening and panel discussion

12 Oct 2017

The documentary Public House tells the story of the Ivy House Pub in Peckham, which was saved from closure by the local community in 2012.

After the screening artist Sarah Turner will be in conversation discussing community-led movements against gentrification and the privatisation of the public space. Speakers include Gisella Sobarasua and Tom Hughes, chaired by Boseda Olawoye.

Read more about the film here.



Free. The Space

The screening of 'Public House' will continue on Fri 13, Sat 14 and Sun 15 Oct in The Space during exhibition opening times. Free. Drop in.

Speaker biographies:

Sarah Turner trained at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and academic. Her feature films include Ecology, 2007, Perestroika, 2009/10, Perestroika: Reconstructed, 2013. Public House premiered in the Documentary competition, LFF 2015, nominated for the Grierson Award and was re-mastered in 2016 for wider audiences.

Sarah’s shorts have been broadcast on Channel 4 and she has had feature scripts commissioned by the BFI, Film Four Lab and Zephyr Films. Amongst other curatorial projects, Turner produced (with Jon Thomson) the launch programme for Lux Cinema in 1997. Sarah is currently Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research in the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.

Bo Olawoye is an engagement curator and consultant for contemporary arts venues in Nottingham and across the UK.  She is currently Creative Engagement Manager for Threshold Studios - a UK-based media arts producers and educators who work nationally and internationally. Bo has previously worked for Nottingham Contemporary, Tate Modern London, Backlit Gallery/Artist Studios, and New Art Exchange. She also works as a freelancer and has given talks at Goldsmiths University of London, Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and idle women Lancashire.

Gisella Sobarasua has lived in St Ann's most of her life, apart from living in Italyfor over 20 years and she is very active in the community. Gisella is the chairperson of both the St Ann’s Tenants and Residents Association, as well as an Allotment Association in St Ann's. She was born in the so called slums of the old St Ann's and moved to the new redeveloped area in the early 70s. She has seen so many changes and losses to the area, from all our pubs closing, losing community areas, parts of the Robin Hood Chase and small local businesses, amongst others. She is a member of Gladstone Social Club, the only place left in the area to go and have a drink, dance and catch up. She loves Nottingham and even more St Ann's and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Dr Tom Hughes is a designer, researcher and teacher in architecture, with a particular interest in arts, education, housing, construction systems and community and heritage projects. He lectures in Architecture at Nottingham Trent University, he is a Director of Sneinton-based 2hD Architecture Workshop and is active in a number of community groups including Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum, dOSH (Development of the Old School Hall), Sneinton Alchemy and Cycle Sneinton.


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