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Happy Birthday RVT

We’re proud to announce that Re-Dock has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery to develop a creative research project around the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London.

project that celebrates the Royal Vauxhall Taverns’ historic importance as a site for LGBT culture, innovation in entertainment and influence on wider British popular culture.  Framed around the venue’s 151st birthday, it will enable participants to have the opportunity to share, reflect on and learn about the last 60 years of social change for LGBT people, and how this has affected attitudes and changed lives in the UK.

Through the project, we will be collecting oral histories from a wide range of people with connections to the RVT, making a short film, collaborating with Duckie’s Youth Group on a performance based on the research, and creating a pop-up exhibition mapping key events at the RVT, the Vauxhall community and LGBT history.

We’ll be posting regular updates here as well as on the project website which you can see here.



Screening Memories


A Small Cinema is back once more as next weekend we will put an event on in Kirkby town centre. The shop is transformed and ready, the (fantastic) leaflets and posters are out, and the film programme is nearly done.

But in someways, last week was already the highlight of the project.


On Thursday, me, John and Hannah ran a screenprint workshop with the Pingwood Arts Group in Kirkby. Together, we created cinema-style posters of the group’s memories of movies. It was a great day -the memories shared were really varied, personal and interesting, the group worked really hard and enjoyed the process, and the actual printed posters looked great.

It’s a very slow and steady process, from the discussion of memories of cinema, distilling these down to a single sentence, through to the more hands on weeding of the cut vinyl letters, and careful creation of the screen. The actual printing is very swift, and in someways becomes an adrenaline rush and a relief.

I think though, the poster activity is important and enjoyable for a few reasons:

1) It works as RESEARCH into the personal and collective experience of cinema

2) It VALUES and celebrates peoples own memories and experience

3) It crystalises the IDEA of cinema(s) into a very simple and distinct form of typographic design

.4) Screenprinting as a process encourages MULTIPLES! People can take away lots of (unique) copies of their poster, and so the ideas are shared further.

You can read more about the workshop here.



Re-Dock Research

Over the coming year we want to make it possible to share more of the things that we discover in the course of our research led practice – our processes, data and source material.

As a starting point for this we have recently begun researching alternative models for cinema screenings in order to establish possible new strategies for A Small Cinema (which is both a cinematic event and a practical investigation).  This research has been made possible through a Go And See bursary from Artists Network.

Follow this link to find out more: