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New community film to be shown on Clifford’s Tower

Friday 24th January 2020

Leisure and Shopping, Driving, Visiting York

Castle Car Park will be closed on Sat 25th Jan during a free outdoor film screening at Clifford’s Tower.

Part of the Castle Gateway consultation project, the Eye Project is an exciting new short film, made by the local community.

This film has been created by four different local artists remembering the history of the Castle Gateway area, whilst celebrating its future possibilities.

Artists, Rich Corrigan, Jade Blood, Julia Davis Nosko and Mat Lazenby worked with hundreds of York’s young people and InkBlot Films to explore the ways we can shape and influence the future of Castle Gateway through a major development of the site. The Eye Project is overseen by Kaizen Arts and English Heritage and will be shown from Castle car park between 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Saturday 25 January, as part of York Residents' Festival. There'll be an opportunity for the public to have a say about the future of the area during the screening using #eyeprojectyork.

Andrea Selley, Historic Properties Director at English Heritage commented: “Any consultation process is interesting but this one has been particularly so - listening to the views young people have about that the Castle Gateway space and seeing the passion and creativity of their ideas has been fascinating and insightful. Clifford’s Tower, centred so prominently in the city centre, is an apt place to project such a creative community-led project and we’re pleased that the tower has been part of this.”

“We aim to bring York residents who wouldn’t usually engage in a traditional consultation into this conversation. This project presents a different way to share ideas; it creates another way to explore the place, while at the same time activating the site, and begins to shape it into the place we might want it to be. People sometimes feel as if their voices aren’t heard, or their opinions aren’t valued, so we’re really excited to be part of a team that aims to change that.” Rebecca Carr from Kaizen Arts CIC

Eye Project is the third in a trio of art commissions to be presented as part of City of York Council’s consultation on Castle Gateway, using art to reference the past whilst looking to the future of the iconic city centre site.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Throughout the My Castle Gateway project we’ve looked to innovate and bring fresh ideas to capture the views of residents, businesses and visitors about how the area can be regenerated for the next generation.

“It’s fitting that the car park will be closed for the day to showcase these ideas from York’s young people, along with local artists, as one of the key features of the masterplan is to relocate Castle Car Park to St George’s Field with a new, purpose built multi-storey car park. I would urge people to come along and see the short film to discover the heritage behind the Castle Gateway site and the ambitious opportunities that lie ahead for the area.”

The project is funded through Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool, which allows local authorities to retain growth in business rates for local investment. It’s supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It’s also supported by City of York Council and York Mediale. Thanks also to the University of York Music Department, who have provided support for this project.

Castle car park will be closed on 25 January for the event.