From memories of meeting Andy Warhol to the visuals of Chats Palace and Lenthall Road Printshops, See Red Women’s Workshop and Rock Against Racism movement, the film explores the influence of screen-printing on the Community Arts Movement in Hackney and beyond.
Hackney, offering diverse communities to engage and be inspired by, became a vibrant hub for the movement from the 1970s. Community organisations adopted the silkscreen printing techniques popularised by artists like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, to promote their events and campaigns. Chats Palace and Lenthall Road Printshops supported local groups to create posters as a tool for communication, radical activism and focus for community gathering.
The film was made by Asya Gefter and Peter Young with support from Hackney Museum for the British Museum Partnership exhibition 'Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today', 11 July – 16 Sep 2017. The film was later selected to be screened at the 2018 East End Film Festival.
It features footage of silk-screen process from the film 'Somewhere in Hackney' (1980) and interviews with Jess Baines, Neil Martinson, Alan May, Ingrid Pollard, Rene Rice, Red Saunders, Rebecca Wilson:
Jess Baines, Senior Lecturer in Contextual & Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication, former member of See Red Women's Workshop
Neil Martinson, long-term Hackney resident and photographer, former Centreprise member
Alan May, Chats Palace workshop coordinator in the 1970s-80s, prominent saxophonist on the Dalston Peace Mural
Ingrid Pollard, photographer, media artist and researcher, former member of the Lenthall Road Printshop Collective
Rene Rice, founder of the Chats Palace Printshop
Red Saunders, co-founder of 'Rock against Racism', photographer and cultural comrade
Rebecca Wilson, former member of the Lenthall Road Printshop Collective