Local Bristol based artist Laura Phillips is undertaking a new art work inspired by the stories and legends about Pen Park Hole and the Southmead area. Pen Park Hole is a large cavern situated underground at the edge of Filton Golf Course and between Pen Park Road. The cavern was discovered accidentally in the 17th Century and the first descent was made by Captain Sturmy in 1669.
Laura’s makes 16mm films and is part of the an arts group called Bristol Experimental & Expanded film, who specialised in older analogue technologies and is based at Pennywell Studio in Easton. It is there that she processes all the film by hand in a darkroom using usual method such as developing film with coffee!
‘This project is inspired by history of the Bristol area and I have been talking to the Southmead Local History group about people’s experiences of Pen Park Road and their knowledge about the Hole. I grew up round the corner so am super interested to return to the area and hear others reminisce about the landscape and share stories. I hope to share my passion and show some of the magic of 16mm film making by holding a workshop where people can come and draw directly onto 16 mm and learn how to make a short 16 mm film. It will be an opportunity to learn new fun skills and for me to chat and hear other people’s experience about Pen Park Hole.’
This workshop will take place at Sat Dec 7th – 12pm – 3 pm Southmead Library, Greystoke Avenue. Southmead. Bristol. BS10 6AS. Its free and welcome to all ages. No need to book just drop on by.