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HOLD ME DEAR: FOUR CITIES, [EXTRA]ORDINARY PLACES

What place do you treasure in your city? A hidden nook or favourite spot, a great place to sit and watch the world go by or somewhere you've fond memories or nostalgia for? Often the places that mean the most to us may seem everyday or get walked past without a second thought by others, but they hold particular meaning to us. 

HERE+NOW are excited to today announce we are currently working with Givrum, Copenhagen, to openly invite Hold Me Dear submissions for a special exhibition as part of City Link Festival in Edinburgh in September 2015.  Individuals in each of the four recent or upcoming City Link Festival cities - Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Hamburg - are invited to submit a photograph and 50 words about a place in their city they treasure.

These photographs and captions will form a continually growing participatory online gallery in the next couple of months leading up to the Festival, and will then culminate in a physical exhibition in an unusual nook of Edinburgh's urban space as part of City Link Festival from 24-27 September 2015.

Find out more about the project or submit a photograph of a place you treasure in Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Istanbul or Hamburg and help us co-create an exhibition!

HERE+NOW AT HIDDEN DOOR FESTIVAL

HERE+NOW were thrilled to be invited to form part of the programming for Hidden Door Festival 2015. Hidden Door is a not-for-profit arts festival that takes place annually in Edinburgh in abandoned or hidden locations. This years festival took place in a derelict building off King Stables Road near the Grassmarket in Edinburgh.

HERE+NOW programmed the Hidden Door Cinema space on Friday 29 with a series of short film screenings, exhibition and participatory installation along the theme of 'Connection to Place'. Films included PEP Talks, Joyce, Inshriach Bothy | A Sense of Place, and Hold Me Dear | The Film. The exhibition included photographic and short story works contributed by individuals worldwide about a place they treasure as part of the Hold Me Dear project as well as photographic prints from Jenny Humberstone and Ian Humberstone's artist residency with The Bothy Project.  We also invited Hidden Door attendees to share a place they personally treasure as part of a live evolving participatory installation in the space.

For those of you that missed out on Hidden Door Festival or the HERE+NOW exhibition, we've a few of our photos below, including the HERE+NOW team having their portrait drawn by the talented James Sayer. These are also available via our Facebook page.


 

HIDDEN DOOR FESTIVAL CINEMA 2015

At HERE + NOW we are excited to have been invited to curate a temporary participatory installation and evening of short film screenings as part of Hidden Door Festival in May 2015.  We'll be exhibiting a visually dynamic hand-crafted  installation attendees can add their personal reflections to plus projected films during the day and evening of Friday 29 May within the Hidden Door Cinema Space.  

On Monday there was not only good news - that Hidden Door has been officially given the go-ahead to use the currently vacant Kings Stables Road buildings for the festival -  but we also got a sneak peek of the venue!  

There's something always so interesting about buildings which have laid dormant and under-used for a period of time.  Monday was no exception and it was great to have the doors unlocked to a series of interesting spaces, from the 'peely paint room' to the large warehouse like hanger.  I even stumbled across a newspaper from 2006, which must have lain undisturbed on the dusty floor for almost a decade. 

Great to get a look at the triple garage space with will become the Hidden Door Cinema too and where we will be exhibiting our films and installation - all along a theme of connection to place and sharing of place-specific memories and stories.  Make sure you come and take a look in May! More details will be coming soon.

TINY POLICE BOX EXHIBITION

HERE + NOW have been taking to the streets over the last few weeks to talk to the local people of Canonmills, Edinburgh as part of the PEP Talks project in collaboration with Architecture + Design Scotland.  This weekend we had a truly tiny exhibition of our PREP Talks film in which we spoke to a range of people about their hopes and aspirations for the local area.  

This tiny exhibition took place in a unique miniature sized urban space - the local police box in Canonmills - and invited passers-by to come and join the discussion about their local neighbourhood, gain inspiration from the film by seeing what their neighbours are already suggesting, and stop and have a chat about their views of the area.

The Canonmills police box has historically been a community focal point in the neighbourhood so made the perfect setting for a community-oriented exhibition.  It has recently been bought by the lovely Moira, who will be transforming it over the coming months into a florist bursting with life called 'CornerCopia'.  Thanks to Moira for partnering with us on this event!

Find out more about our process and its focus on people, place and participation and the ways we design, engage and curate.