In physics, energy is often defined as the amount of work that can be performed by a force, and we are familiar with the term 'workforce' as the labour pool for a specific company or particular industry.
This exhibition draws together historical representations of labour in the industry of glass making through films from the 1970s to present day. Glassworks (1977), produced by Amber Films for its Tyne Documentaries series, is a visual record of a handmade process in an industrial glass factory in Lemington on Tyneside, which documents the disappearing working lives of people and communities. In John Smith’s Slow Glass (1988-91), a nostalgic glazier shows off his knowledge and theories in a very personal reflection on the changing attitudes to labour, industry and life in London’s East End in the late 80s.
A new film commissioned by NGC and AV Festival 10 by filmmaker Mat Fleming, reveals, through his imperfect manufacture of a symbol of work force – the hammer and sickle, the tensions between master craftsman and novice. The objects are made in glass by himself, with no prior glass making experience.
Curated by National Glass Centre.
Part of AV Festival 10: Energy
5 -14 March 2010
Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland
Join Mat Fleming for his crazy handmade film session on Sunday 14 March. A chance for all the family to draw and paint on film before a mini screening. Sessions start at 11am. Booking advisable. Free. Ask at Reception for more details.
0191 515 5555