Essex Road gallery launches short film exhibition inspired by the street

An Essex Road gallery has launched an exhibition of  short films inspired by the mile-long street that will be projected from the gallery window onto the pavement outside. The project, Essex Road II, is the brainchild of Tintype Gallery director Teresa Grimes.

“The idea came from me staring out of our enormous gallery window,” said Ms Grimes. “There’s always something going on outside; little vignettes, snatches of conversations.

“I love Essex Road because it’s so ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. It offers a lot in terms of urban story narratives.

“We’re using the window as a public screen and using the road outside as inspiration.”

The eight specially commissioned short films will be screened every day from 4pm to 11pm.

Ms Grimes said that the success of the inaugural edition of the event had made it easy to attract artists of a high reputation and calibre.

She said: “Their brief was to take those two words – Essex Road – and use them as their source and inspiration.”

The artists selected have used these words to produce films covering everything from hen nights and night buses to a group portrait of residents and shopkeepers filmed in one continuous tracking shot.

The gallery have been experimenting with using speakers hidden inside the windows to provide sound for some of the films.

They’re also hoping to temporarily install a bench designed by a Turner Prize-nominated architectural collective in front of the screen but are yet to gain planning permission.

The project is supported by Arts Council England and Islington’s Local Initiatives Fund and will be screened from 10 December – 16 January.

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