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Participation

For community video projects, creating spaces where the videos can be screened and the audience are able to share and discuss the experiences is as integral to the process as making the video. The LCVA has already run a number of screenings using videos from our archive, for updates and information about these please see the events page.

You can use this website to participate with the LCVA to find videos relevant to you and your friends/communities/activities. We encourage visitors to screen videos to create opportunities for sharing, reflection, discussion and possible future action. Please get in touch with us to let us know about events you have organized or videos you think should be included as part of our archive.

The organise section has some suggestions about how to run a screening, the resources page features possible sources of funding both for screenings and production as well as organisations based in London and the South-East for whom community video is part of their ongoing work.

Organise!

A screening is a great way to share your ideas with others and hear what they think too, we would love for visitors to this site to organise a screening event of their own. Below are a few questions and suggestions to help get you started. To begin with, think about who the screening is for and what you want to achieve at your screening event. To pick a video or videos for your event scroll through the collections or search by a keyword, area, year or group. All of the videos on the website are free to use for screenings, as long as you don’t charge an entry fee.
Where will it take place?

Is there a room at your local library, or a tenants’ or school hall you might borrow? Make sure it isn’t too noisy and can be made dark enough to screen a video in. Make sure you agree in advance on any rules about noise levels, staffing, locking up etc.
How will you promote the event?

We use social media, and put posters up around the neighbourhood a week or so before the event and then on the day as well. Word of mouth is one of the best ways, if you have a group of 5 people and they all bring 5 people that will be 25 people in the audience. Imagine if they then all bring 5 people...
How will you present the videos?

Will there be programme notes printed so that the audience know what to expect? Each of the videos on the site will have information you can copy and paste into a handout. Will someone introduce the event and explain what will happen and where the toilets and fire exit are? You could find a suitable clip from an oral history interview and use that to provide some context. We have found that even the most simple of refreshments help to create a relaxed atmosphere and get people talking. We have been lucky enough to have some fantastic bakers and cooks at our screenings who have provided some delicious treats at our events.
Who are the audience?

Are they people you know? Is it open to the general public or for a specific group? Think about their needs, for example will you need someone to provide sign language? Is there a lift? Are there any stairs or narrow doorways? When will it take place? Will it be in the daytime or evening? Think about whether your audience will be working and/or caring for others. Different people are free on a Saturday afternoon and to those available after 6pm on a weekday.
After the screening?

In order to encourage discussion try dividing the audience into smaller groups to help facilitate the conversation. It is helpful to have a list of questions prepared. Instead of focusing on what you liked or didn’t like, perhaps begin by asking what the videos made them think about or feel. The findings from these smaller discussions can then be fed back to the rest of the group at the end of the event. Tidy up and pack away. Don’t be shy to ask everyone, who is able, to help pack chairs away, as it saves a lot of time. It is best if they don’t help packing away anything technical or expensive.
What next?

Agree on a follow up plan in advance so that if anyone at the screening would like to get involved in a future project you know what to say. Are looking for volunteers or to raise funds or awareness about a particular issue? Perhaps you have a date in mind for your next meeting or a plan for your starting your own video project.

Resources

Other Archives

Rebel Video
rebelvideo.ch

Rebel Video portrays practitioners of community and alternative video in London, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich. Their work is discussed along with its lasting influence up to the present. Complemented with essays on documentary film and video art, the book shines a light on the video movement in all its many facets.

Rewind/Rewind Italia
rewind.ac.uk

Artists Videos of the 70’s and 80’s in the UK and Italy. The website has interviews with artists, critics and writers; articles, essays, exhibition ephemera; and of course, news and events for both projects. There is a fully searchable database to aid discovery. 

A Greater London: the GLC Story 1981-6
glcstory.co.uk

The project aims to engage current Londoners with the story of the Greater London Council before its abolition in 1986. By retelling the history of the institution, and its relationship to communities and social movements of the time, they hope to inspire people to think more creatively about the possibilities of city level democracy. Many of the film and community projects in the LCVA archive were part-funded by the GLC, which had a radical community and arts policy. The Tories abolished the GLC in 1986.

The LUX Collection
lux.org.uk

The LUX collection contains over 4000 films and videos by over 1000 international artists, ranging from the 1920s to the present. It is the largest collection of its kind in Europe, containing much rare and unique material, while continuing to grow with the addition of both new works and restored classics. The collection is an active resource rather than a static archive, and all of the works in the catalogue are available to hire for public screenings or exhibitions.

A Greater London: the GLC Story 1981-6
glcstory.co.uk

The project aims to engage current Londoners with the story of the Greater London Council before its abolition in 1986. By retelling the history of the institution, and its relationship to communities and social movements of the time, they hope to inspire people to think more creatively about the possibilities of city level democracy. Many of the film and community projects in the LCVA archive were part-funded by the GLC, which had a radical community and arts policy. The Tories abolished the GLC in 1986.

Funding Bodies

Heritage Lottery Fund
hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes

The largest dedicated Heritage funder in the UK. Grants money to people across the UK to explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about, including of course archiving projects. Grants range from 3K to 5 Million.


The Big Lottery
biglotteryfund.org.uk

Each year The Big Lottery distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. They give grants from £300 to more than £500,000 to community and voluntary groups and charities.

Roundhouse
www.roundhouse.org.uk/young-creatives/summer-2/and-now-what-film-fund/

Offers small grants and technical support for young people’s short film projects.

Current Video Groups

The Showroom
theshowroom.org

The Showroom is a contemporary art space focused on collaborative approaches to cultural production within its locality and beyond.

Paddington Arts
paddingtonarts.org.uk

Paddington Arts is a Youth Arts organisation committed to developing talent and creativity in the community. They run workshops in Dance, Drama, Steelpan, Singing and New Media and produce original work for stage and screen.

Four Corners
fourcornersfilm.co.uk

Four Corners is a learning, production and exhibition centre for film and photography. They support new talent to established practitioners, enabling work that challenges and inspires.

The Mouth that Roars
mouththatroars.com

Mouth That Roars (MTR) is a Youth Media Organisation which was set up with the sole purpose of training young people in film production who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to media resources. MTR enables young people who are quite often misrepresented, a space to be heard and a medium in which they can voice their thoughts and feelings. 

South London Gallery
southlondongallery.org/page/participation

The South London Gallery’s award-winning education programmes offer exceptional opportunities for visitors of all ages and levels of interest to become more actively involved in contemporary art through a broad range of activities and events.

WAC Arts
wacarts.co.uk

WAC Arts provides an exciting range of activities and professional training in the arts and media for children and young people. Their programmes offer fun and engaging creative activities to support young people to develop a lifelong interest in performing arts and media.

[ space ]
spacestudios.org.uk/learning-index/

[ space ] runs creative learning projects with schools, young people and communities in the areas where we have studios. Their projects develop skills, using creativity to increase engagement in the arts.

Events

Thirty Years of Surveillance: The Video Camera as a Weapon This event will look at the role of archival videos that document and bear witness to past protests and demonstrations in London. We will include videos made in the 1970s and 1980s, held by the London Community Video Archive and MayDay Rooms. A panel discussion following the screening will be framed around how this material circulates and can be mobilised in a contemporary context.
LBGT Britain on Film: Why Study Queer History? is an evening of archive film screenings relating to LGBT lives in 20th Century Britain. The films screened will be Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts (1983), a documentary produced by the London Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project and now held by the London Community Video Archive (LCVA), and Britain on Film: LGBT Britain, a series of archive films including some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen. The evening will be introduced by Justin Bengry, convenor of the first MA in Queer History, at Goldsmiths, University of London. He will respond to the questions 'why study queer British history in the 21st Century?' and 'what does studying queer histories mean for queer futures?'
LCVA Videos:
Framed Youth
Towards Other Cinemas: 1970's Experimental Film. Exploring the dynamic artists’ and experiential moving image work of 1970s Britain, Towards Other Cinemas is a series of screenings and discussions, exploring the renewed interest in diverse strands of experimental film and video works made in this period. Curated by Laura Mulvey, Sue Clayton, and Claire M. Holdsworth and featuring Steve Presence, Lucy Reynolds, and Kodwo Eshun, we bring together works made in 1970s Britain and explore how younger generations are re-activating this recent past. The series coincides with the publication of Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s (IB Tauris, 2017), edited by theorist Laura Mulvey and writer and director Sue Clayton.
Thamesmead Festival and the Film London Kinovan: Celebrate the past, present and future of Thamesmead during the weekend, which promises something for everyone. Featuring the best of Thamesmead's creative talent, we'll be celebrating everything about the town.
LCVA Videos:
Cultural Herb Festival
#25
A screening event at South London Gallery as part of the exhibition 'The Place is Here', which presented work by over twenty black artists and collectives working in 1980s Britain.
#24
Spirit of ' 77: Protest Films. On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham, join us for screenings of newly uncovered archive footage of the momentous events of 13 August 1977, followed by a new film by Nacheal Catnott The London Community Video Archive present AUG 13, a documentary produced by the Albany Video Project for ALCARAF (All Lewisham Campaign against Racism and Fascism) chronicling the events of the Battle of Lewisham. The film was long considered lost and has only recently been uncovered after decades of searching. Hear first-hand accounts from the filmmakers who worked on AUG 13, together with Nacheal Catnott, director of The Depiction of Blackness, a new documentary reflecting on the Battle of Lewisham and experiences of being black in the UK. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion, Q&A, and DJ set from Lezlee Lyrix. Drinks and refreshments available throughout. Find out more about the events taking place to mark the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham.
LCVA Videos:
Aug 13: What Happened?
#23
Why Be Something You're Not? A selection of videos from the London Community Video Archive related to DIY cultural production, youth subcultures, identity and punk rock, shown alongside Dan Graham’s Minor Threat (1983)
Screening event for Grenfell families, Maxilla Social Club.
LCVA Videos:
Powis Square
Standing Ground: Screening of The Amazing Story of Talacre. Organised with London Community Video Archive and Somers Town History Club, Chalton Gallery, 96 Chalton St, Kings Cross, London NW11HJ. This 1974 documentary tells the inspiring story of how a local, self-organised group in Camden came together to campaign for years to turn a disused 2.5-acre site into a permanent community space. The screening is followed by a discussion between Lucy Joyce and artist and founder of public projects research and commissioning studio AIR Anna Hart about the rhythm of presence and absence in public art commissions, formed alliances with a particular site or struggle, and what is left at the end of it all.
1st July 2017
CRUISING GROUND
#19
CRUISING GROUND is a summer-long programme of writing, exhibition, screenings, workshops and events bringing together a range of perspectives and discourses on cruising. Engaging with the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 and the geographical and cultural landscape of LUX’s new location in North London, CRUISING GROUND takes the ponds and cruising areas of neighbouring Hampstead Heath as a departure point for the programme. Held at LUX, Waterlow Park.
Screening of LCVA videos at The Showroom, Ada Court, London.
International New Towns Day: Researcher Claire Louise Staunton presents a small selection of films from the archive that were made by artists in or about New Towns internationally. Milton Keynes Gallery, Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes.
#16
A programme of lively activities programmed directly from the community and the culture of the locale. The fete will be a celebratory and community-focussed day involving the Church Street Community Singers, dancing, yoga and Tai Chi, Acting Mature Drama group, Penfold Medicinal Garden, plant sale, refreshments, food and an outdoor cinema with London Screen Archive's KinoVan and the London Community Video Archive (LCVA).
A screening of three videos from the London Community Video Archive, about women, housing and childcare in London in the 70s and 80s. Held at Holly White/North East London Migrants Action, Wild's Rents.
Video Show: A Journey into Old New Media. The 1975 Serpentine Gallery Video Show provided a week long platform for the new media form, video, and showcased many different types of work, unusually mixing community video work with tapes and installations made by artists. Returning to the exhibition’s implicit questions about the potential of art and activism, social engagement and the significance of new technologies in relationship to the mass media, we will show newly digitised titles from the London Community Video Archive, with whom this screening is presented, plus other titles exhibited in 1975. We look forward to welcoming the video makers and original show participants for a discussion chaired by William Fowler as part of the event. Held at The British Film Institute BFI, Southbank
A screening event for members of Southwark Pensioners and the Sceaux Tenants Association to get together, have some tea and cake and watch some videos together. South London Gallery
London Community Video Archive and DIY Space For London’s Film Collective present a night of short films hosted by Sapphire Mcintosh (of Sisters on Set). Featuring newly digitised videos from the London Community Video archive and contemporary shorts, we will explore how politically active filmmakers have used their work to incite change, to ask questions of their communities, and to highlight social injustice from the 80s to now. Have the questions we are asking changed, and have their answers? How can filmmakers help their communities?"
The event is part of a 6-month thematic programme on women titled "Phenomenal Woman, That's Me", based on a poem by Maya Angelou. Our mission is to encourage more women and more feminism in the arts. At the hARTslane Centre.
A screening of Lorraine Leeson's work with video at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.
A screening event at a centre for elderly people called the Penfold Community Hub
The video was shown as part of a lecture on community arts for students at Goldsmiths University on the Contemporary Social Issues module. Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths.
LCVA Videos:
Community Video 1980
A screening event at the West London Day Centre in collaboration with The Showroom and Seymour Arts
LCVA Videos:
Centre Point
#5
A compilation of videos made at the Albany was shown at the Albany's annual general meeting
A screening of films and videos made in and about South London, organised with the Meet me at the Movies group in collaboration with the Albany, Deptford Cinema and London Screen Archives.
#3
Thamesmead and Interaction Media Van videos were shown as part of the day long Alchemy Film Festival, with a focus on artist and community moving image projects. Alchemy Film Festival, Showroom.
The video Starting to Happen was shown on a loop for 6 weeks as part of an exhibition called Communal Knowledge at Work. Showroom Cinema.
LCVA Videos:
Starting to Happen
A screening and discussion about Community Video in Milton Keynes as part of a symposium at Milton Keynes Gallery: The Right to the (New) City.