A Portrait of Swindon; a digital installation made by Create Studios on behalf of Swindon Borough Council, using photography and film to celebrate the people and place of Swindon and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year 2012. A Retrospective Exhibition to mark Swindon 175 is NOW at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road 28th September 2016 - 7th January 2017.
Working with social engagement artist Jill Carter and filmmaker Gurchetan Singh, we wove a sensitive and revealing portrait of Swindon community, culture, commerce and landscapes to commemorate this unique moment in our history. Building on our relationships with diverse communities and organisations in Swindon, the Create Studios team has documented the warmth of ordinary and extraordinary activities around the town, to make this timeless yet contemporary digital installation. More than 600 people and some 60 venues participated in the project, and we would like to thank everyone for their involvement, making this portrait so special.
A new documentary film; a visual poem, contemplative in pace and nature. The idea to reveal everyday comings and goings of life, viewing the ordinary as extraordinary. A study of moments and vignettes capturing the unique identity of a town through the people’s voice and viewpoint. The film celebrates Swindon life in this Jubilee Year; personal, public, corporate, cultural, urban and rural. Exploring the worlds of the established family, the newcomer, the veteran, the innovator, the carer and the young person, together encompassing the ever-changing spirit of the town.
Inspired by the great tradition of Royal portraiture and the ancient document of the Magna Carta, which acknowledges our liberty to own land and possessions, social engagement artist Jill Carter made a series of portraits to explore a wealth of Swindon stories. A collection of warm and characterful documentary photographs celebrating people, place and possibilities. The exhibition follows the journey of the couch around the town, playfully revealing the individuality of people along the way. This series of spontaneous interventions took place over ten days at locations meaningful to the participants, providing time, space and freedom to explore personal stories and reflect on what makes them proud. The process of events directed by participants revealed a hugely creative and positive community spirit.
The Swindon "tent" really stood out amongst all the others. So original, unique and very innovative, All the others just seemed to be about posters and advertising about the past and present things that go on in the various towns. No one else had done anything really new or creative showing the feeling of the community, as you did.