South Leeds: Community film will see locals behind the camera

Bruce Davies with students Rebecca Dyson, Kirsty Doyle, Cressida Barrett, Leah O'Connell, Annabel Crosby, Rhianna Mayhew at Leeds Beckett University. PIC: Steve Riding
Bruce Davies with students Rebecca Dyson, Kirsty Doyle, Cressida Barrett, Leah O'Connell, Annabel Crosby, Rhianna Mayhew at Leeds Beckett University. PIC: Steve Riding
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A NEW arts project will see people in a Leeds community try their hand at producing a documentary film alongside university students.

The film will be set in and around Beeston with plans to showcase the finished piece at an open air location.

The non-profit arts organisation BasmentArtsProject has teamed up with Leeds Beckett University to create a project led by local residents in collaboration with the University’s students.

Alan Dunn, Leeds Beckett University Fine Arts professor, said: “The best way to learn and develop your skills is to get into the field and this project gives our students a chance to achieve just that.

“It gets them out of the classroom and provides them with a richer and broader experience whilst studying with us.”

The documentary will be filmed in and around Beeston and workshops will later take place at the Univeristy to involve community members in the editing process.

Bruce Davies, curator and chair of BasementArtsProject, said: “I am keen that people being educated in art subjects see Leeds as a place they may want to base themselves in the future.

“I also see the value in presenting to members of the community the idea that an education in art is a viable route in life too and that is where this project comes from, a merging of the two.”

For the project, BasmentArtsProject secured funding from government funded initiative Community First.

The programme provides small grants that help communities come together and build towards more resilient futures.

Mr Davies added: “It’s given us a different direction to go than we’ve previously been and a community inspired project is something we’ve wanted to do for a while now. Tackling projects from a different angle and working with a new circle of people is always going to be a slow burn to start off with but its something that we’re excited about and I really think it’s going to get bigger over time.”

The project will end this Easter and the team plan to air the film at several Leeds venues, including an outdoor screening in Beeston during the summer.

Email basementartsproject@gmail.com.

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