Part of Explore Thamesmead, taking place on Sat 29 and Sun 30 May.
Thamesmead Texas is a nomadic artist led project space, based in Thamesmead founded by artists & filmmakers Vanessa Scully & Liam Scully. Founded in 2018 they create events, exhibitions, workshops and residencies centred around an art bar. Thamesmead Texas is currently on residency in the Thamesmead Community Archive (2020 -2021), gathering oral histories from underrepresented constituents within the biggest social housing estate in Europe. Beyond the TCA residency Thamesmead Texas will continue to feature histories and archives unique to the people of Thamesmead, programmed from the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema.
For Estuary 2021, Thamesmead Texas will commission three artist filmmakers to produce new works for a screening programme in response to our festival theme of Imperial Legacy, specific to the sub themes of territories’, land ownership and mobile populations.
The three featured artists, Simon Rattigan, Asmita Shrish and Dan Turner (Aka The Gypsy Sculptor) are all deeply embedded in Thamesmead, with a history of either living, working or researching in the locality. Thamesmead Texas will support all three artists produce and display the works for a curated film programme, which will be on display from the Lakeside Centre throughout the weekend of the Estuary Festival.
Simon Rattigan: Simon Rattigan is a U.K. born film and video artist who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and is currently living in Thamesmead, London. He graduated from Chelsea School of Art in London with an MA in Fine Art. He has developed his practice through researching the relationships of moving image, sound and language to explore sensory and autobiographical experience.
Asmita Shrish: Asmita is an independent filmmaker living in London for the past 10 years and deeply connected with the Nepali diaspora in the UK. Her filmmaking practice oscillates from documentaries to dramas, anchoring real issues and narratives to navigate and represent identity within physical and metaphysical space. Her films have always been the results of collaborations with the subjects/casts with particular attraction towards characters that are intimately close to their environment.
Dan Turner (Aka The Gypsy Sculptor): Dan Turner is an artist and educator from London, a Romani born in Kent whose family are still based in South East London with its many close associations with Romani culture. Dan trained at Central St Martins School of Art where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture). He works across media, including sculpture, video and painting.
Scully & Scully have been curating and commissioning film screening events in Arthouse Cinemas and Galleries since 2011 in sites across London including The Aubin Cinema, Sugarhouse Studios, Close Up Cinema, Horse Hospital, Genesis Cinema, Deptford Cinema, The Rio, TACO! and CCA Glasgow. More recently they have worked with artists and writers including Mirza & Butler, Paul McCarthy (USA), Laure Prouvost (FR), Lindsay Hallam (AU) and Ben Rivers, in collaboration with Dean Kenning for the inaugural Sick Monday programme (2018-19).
Previous listings page: Thamesmead Texas Travelling Cinema, in development - side angle
This page: Proposal for Thamesmead Travelling Cinema, Artwork by Simon Rattigan