Through Alice’s Eyes and The End Of The Roll:
An exhibition and film about the life and work of pioneering Hebden Bridge photographer, Alice Longstaff
22nd-23rd June The Birchcliffe Centre 12.00pm-4.00pm
Free entry to all
Alice Longstaff is a remarkable figure in photography. Her career is one of the longest in photographic history, starting in 1921 when she was 14 and continuing until her death in 1992 aged 85. An archive of her photographs and negatives is now cared for by Pennine Heritage at the Birchcliffe Centre.
Incredibly, Alice’s photographs are not widely known, even within the photography communities. Very limited selections of photographs were exhibited by Pennine Heritage, as part of last years Hebden Bridge Arts Festival (‘The Lost Negatives’) and long term plans are in place to create a major exhibition and book. In the meantime, volunteers are still uncovering exciting, previously unseen photographs from the vast holdings in the archive, creating a growing body of work and knowledge about Alice’s practice and the history of her subjects and place.
In partnership with the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Pennine Heritage will present a selection of around 30 photographs from the digitised works to date with audio during this year’s Arts Festival – including music and testimony from those familiar with the Longstaff Collection. These will be largely previously unseen photographs drawn from both her commercial and personal work. The film will be approximately 5 minutes in length and will be shown in the Birchcliffe Centre alongside new prints of the selected works over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd June, as well as being shown at Hebden Bridge Picture House at various times throughout the Festival.
As interest in photographic history shift towards the vernacular, documentary testimony and the real, this film will mark a particular moment in the history of the development of the archive, and will celebrate Alice’s talent and photographic eye.
The film is narrated by Ian McMillan and produced by Greg Hobson and Pete Rush, in partnership with Pennine Heritage Ltd, the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
Summer Solstice Circle – Saturday 22nd June 2019 11.00am to 6.00pm
You are invited to join this Seasonal Circle Gathering, workshop and shared Solstice fire-side feast. Celebrate the longest day and find belonging, peace and wildness as we honour this magical time of year together.
Connect…Take time out from life’s busyness and distractions to connect with the season and wild surroundings. Sarah Fay, Ancient Ways Practitioner & Seer, will share Solstice folklore and stories, and introduce you to local plant & “other-than-human” companions in a beautiful woodland setting, inclusive of a facilitated magical Omen Walk. The day will include a fire ceremony in local woodlands, facilitated by Fire Keeper & Bushcraft Instructor Leonie Morris and a communal feast to honour the longest day (see below note about venue and weather). Wholesome vegan staples will be provided; please bring picnic-style food; sharing is welcomed & optional.
Re-charge body and spirit…A circle gathering is at the heart of the celebration. This will include gentle movement, guided meditation, ancient Earth-and-Spirit connection practices grounded in the local landscape and lore, and rhythm making with drums and rattles.
Sarah will also lead you on an immersive inward journey, safely-held and accompanied by drumming to induce a dream-like state as you go deep into yourself for connection and healing.
Investment: £40 / £25 (there are some low income places available, please email to request). To secure your place for this intimate circle and workshop experience, please email Sarah: email@example.com
***Please note if weather is torrential rain and poor conditions for woodland access, all Practices and ceremony will be indoors in our cosy, atmospheric venue. It is planned that the activities of the day will be divided between the woodlands and the atmospheric indoor venue. Light rain or odd showers will not deter us venturing out!***
Enjoy a welcome space for all…Roots and Resonance provides inclusive and nurturing spaces, celebrating diversity and wildness in all its forms. This space is open to everyone and facilitated by Sarah Fay, an experienced Ancient Ways Practitioner and Seer: “looking from the heart to see beneath the surface.” For more information about Sarah, and Roots and Resonance, visit:
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