Our new 'Chapter from home' is all about having fun, keeping your mind active and finding ways to experience the arts whilst in lockdown. At a time like this, we believe that culture, creativity and community is more important than ever. The arts can provide new ways of connecting with each other. So let's have a look at what's on offer...
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Mel Brimfield: Ungeziefer sneak preview
On 20 March we were due to open From This World, To That Which Is To Come, an exhibition by Mel Brimfield. Featuring works that range from the darkly comic to the startlingly affirmative, the exhibition is a multi-media exploration of the complex and often fragile nature of the human mind. Sadly, we had to down tools during installation but we’re really excited to say that Mel has generously made the audio from her installation Ungeziefer available for our audiences to enjoy online.
Ungeziefer focuses on a hapless voiceover artist in a recording studio attempting to make an abridged audiobook of Franz Kafka’s ’Metamorphosis’. The narrative of Gregor Samsa’s nightmarish transformation into a giant cockroach, and the inability of his horrified family to deal with it, is taken as a loose metaphor for the onset of schizophrenia and its frequently alienating effects. Listen to the audio by clicking here, for more information about the exhibition click the button below.
Rules of Play: enjoy games, help Chapter and support local business
Cardiff-based Rules of Play are one of Chapter's existing sponsors that ordinarily provide board games to entertain our cafe bar customers. Whilst we're closed, we're delighted to announce that Rules of Play have generously offered that for every board game purchased via the link below, 10% of sales will go to the Save Chapter campaign. Please note that purchases MUST be made via this specific link for Chapter to benefit from the donation: Click here or copy this link into your browser: https://rulesofplay.co.uk?aff=5
So... as gaming is a great way to entertain us all whilst we're indoors, why not browse their vast range of games, purchase your favourite to enjoy and support Chapter and local business at the same time! Click on the link below to find out more about the games available and how your purchase will support us.
New film: The Perfect Candidate
We're delighted that Modern Films made this latest release available for our audiences at home. Simply select 'Chapter (Cardiff)' when you purchase the film and 10% of profits will go to Chapter.
Young doctor Maryam’s only desire is for the dirt road outside the local hospital to be surfaced but no one takes her seriously. So, despite the fact that she isn’t supposed to run for office, or show her face in campaign videos, or directly address male voters in conservative Saudi Arabia, she decides to run for a seat on the municipal council…. A powerful film by the director of beloved Wadjda (the first feature made by a woman director in the country). Essential Film of 2020 ★★★★ “Fiery and Headstrong“ The Guardian.
Fun film study: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
To keep you entertained during lockdown we're continuing to create exciting educational opportunities in support of our artistic programme, as well as working with schools to develop programmes of activity that add creative value to the traditional classroom approach.
This study pack for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is suitable for 8-10 year olds, and includes extracts from the book that will help answer some of the character work on the writing sheets. A background context of Roald Dahl's life is also included, alongside other fun activities.
News News News: Young Reporter's Club
The News News News Reporter's Club is a five-day project for children to complete in their own homes. It involves them making their own radio news show about the world they can see around them using only pen, paper and a mobile phone. The project is designed as a fun way to empower children aged approx. 8-12 years to be creative and tell their own stories about this strange moment in time. To become part of the News News News Reporter's Club all you need to do is download the activity pack here
The project was created by artists Andy Field & Beckie Darlington and is based on their stage show News News News, which you can find out about here
Film Hub Wales: #MadeInWales
When we think about Welsh films, some classics come to mind (The Proud Valley, Tiger Bay, Twin Town) but where can we watch them while we can’t get to our nearest cinema? Film Hub Wales have put together a list of 50 features and short films with Welsh connections to keep you entertained this weekend and during the weeks to come.
Whether you’re pressing play on an old favourite or discovering something new, join the celebration of everything that’s great about Wales on screen. View the list here and keep an eye on their Made in Wales catalogue where there are many more films to be found! Don't forget to share what you're watching @Filmhubwales #MadeInWales.
Chapter Quiz on Instagram stories
Every Friday evening, from 8pm, we're hosting a Chapter Quiz on Instagram stories @chaptertweets. Run by Quiz Master Matt (winner of Weakest Link & Pointless!), tonight's quiz will reflect on our programme from last December and January. You can also view the last four quizzes on our saved stories 'Chapter Quiz'.
Our pals Fractured Visions have launched #FracVisAtHome, bringing horror film recommendations to you online. This Sunday 3 May at 8pm, join them for a watch party of Harpoon @FracVis. They're also thrilled to announce special guests including cast members Munro Chambers, Emily Tyra, and the film's producer Michael Peterson.
Reframed Film: Watch parties
Join @ReframedFilm and director Carol Morley for the #FridayFilmClub. Film choices will be announced the day before on Carol's Twitter @_CarolMorley. Learn more about Carol and her Watch Along series in this Girls on Film podcast here
On Sunday 3 May 5pm, watch The Man in the White Suit with @ReframedFilm. Altruistic chemist Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. He thinks the world will welcome the invention, but big business is eager to suppress it, to avoid economic collapse. A warm, charming and witty satire, played with effortless style by Alec Guinness. Available on BBCiplayer, click the 'Watch' link below.
Iris Prize Online
Our friends at Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival are making three films from the Iris archive available for free on their YouTube channel here. The films are all directed by women who've made short films with the £30,000 Iris Prize.
First up is Dee Rees’ Colonial Gods, set in contemporary Butetown (also known as Cardiff Bay and Tiger Bay). A gritty, realistic and poignant drama about the challenges facing a changing community represented by Abdi and Izi’s two very different responses to a world of place and people in transition.
Look out this month for Daisy and D by Arkasha Stevenson and in June they'll be adding Susan Jacobson’s Wild Geese.
CHAPTER CREATIVE COMMUNITY
We're so proud of Chapter's Creative Community - from our staff and volunteers to our studio holders, tenants and community gardeners - they make us who we are!
Our Cinema Programme Manager, Claire Vaughan, gives us an insight into her life in lockdown - featuring some lovely Welsh recommendations. More info
You might recognise Llio from her Duty Manager role at Chapter, but she also makes stunning jewellery and homeware. Currently, 15% of all sales are going towards Welsh Womens Aid. Shop
Ramp T-Shirts have an office in Market House. They're still working (safely!) during the pandemic, providing brilliant t-shirts, hoodies, & all sorts of other goodies. You can get an instant price, and even design and order your merch online. More info
Market House studio artist Holly Davey has recently moved her coaching and mentoring business for the creative sector online. She is offering one-to-one coaching as well as team sessions for organisations. Contact email@example.com More info
Next year we celebrate our 50th Birthday!
To mark this momentous occasion, we’re looking back through our archive at some of the incredible events, exhibitions, gigs, gatherings and people who’ve made Chapter what it is today.
In the spirit of thinking outside of our walls, we bring you Pavilions in the Park from 1970. Eight weeks of remarkable presentations held in Bute Park, Cardiff and Belle Vue Park, Newport. (Photo Courtesy of Christine Kinsey)
Do you have memories of Chapter? We’d love to hear them! Please send us your comments and images via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or tag us in your posts.
To help us reopen and reach our 50th Birthday milestone, please consider donating at easydonate.org/CHAPTER or to give £10 text CHAPTER to 70191. Thank you for your support.