Whithorn Business Association has commissioned Urbancroft Films to lead an exciting creative residency project in Whithorn from June 17-26.
“All Roads Lead to Whithorn” is a creative community consultation exploring and celebrating the talents and skills of people in the area. The findings will be recorded as a high quality documentary film, which will be used to demonstrate the potential for a large-scale event in the area in the future.
Four artists will work with different people to explore the title of the project: All Roads Lead to Whithorn.
In Douglas Ewart High School and Whithorn Primary, two theatre artists will use a drama-based approach to devise ideas/proposals and create beginnings for what could become a large-scale event in the future. They will explore what Whithorn means to them now and in the future. Their ideas will be creatively presented and documented on film in order to share them with as wide an audience as possible.
In addition to the schools residencies, two documentary film-makers will work in a detached way in Whithorn. They will immerse themselves into the life of the community. They will use film as a way of engaging and recording people on the streets, in places of work, pubs, in houses and on public transport. They will meet individuals, groups and capture the views of local people on the themes of journeys and modern day pilgrimages to Whithorn.
The product will be a documentary film, which may be projected outdoors by the business association or in a shop front for the community to view. It will celebrate all things Whithorn and the community’s thoughts about coming together to create a unique event.
It will provide evidence of the appetite for a future event and share the range of skills and talent in their area. It will be a piece of genuine creative consultation but also an artwork in its own right.
The project is being led by Urbancroft Films, who make community films across the UK and made the successful The Folk who Live on the Hill documentary in Stranraer in 2008. Creative director Martyn Robertson is directing the project on behalf of the business association. He said: “We’re looking speak to anyone from the local area willing to share their skills, thoughts and talents with us.
“We want to hear local people’s ideas on what a unique event in Whithorn might look like. The film will used to help the association move the project to the next stage but it will also be a fantastic artwork that can be treasured by the community for future generations to watch. I’d encourage all local people and groups to get in touch via social media or telephone to participate in the film.”