Films in focus for Boston's Alchemy Project
TWO more films
about life in Boston today and a new photography group for the town are two of
the latest items on the agenda of the groundbreaking Alchemy Project.
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Project was set up last year and is attempting to unravel the myths, misunderstandings
and prejudices associated with the cultural changes and challenges that Boston
and the surrounding area face.
Part of its busy
programme of events was a series of photography walks around the town, which
were led by Boston-based social artist Katie Smith last autumn.
The group proved
so popular with those who were taking part that they have decided to carry on
meeting, even though the official series of walks has ended.
"We met several
times. The group included representatives of the British and many Eastern
European communities and by the end many firm friendships had been made," said
decided it wanted to carry on meeting, so John Shaw has taken over as
co-ordinator and now a full programme of walks once a month until the end of
the year is being planned.
"I feel this is a
really positive outcome and is just the kind of thing The Alchemy Project set
out to do."
The project aims
to complete a suite of four films and an over-arching documentary which will
reflect life in the town today. The first two films on how people view the town
today were completed last year.
The third film,
which is currently being edited, has employment as its theme and features
interviews with, among others, a local farmer. It aims to bust some of the myths
that exist surrounding migrant workers and their effect on the local economy.
The fourth film
has involved children at Butterwick Pinchbeck's Endowed C of E Primary School
in Pinchbeck. More than 60 children from Eastern European communities who live
in Boston attend the school.
The pupils have
been busy working with Lincoln-based Blueprint Films to make an animated film
on the theme of friendship and co-operation.
"This work has
been a real eye-opener and it's been great working with the children," said
David Lambert of cultural solutions UK, which is co-ordinating The Alchemy
have no concept of discrimination and have just got on and had fun, working and
learning together, which is just what The Alchemy Project is about.
created a wonderful film highlighting what can be achieved when everyone is
pulling in the same direction."
writer Chris Konrath has been working with children at the Polish Saturday
School in Boston who have been producing creative writing about the
difficulties they face growing up between two cultures.
"The first phase
of the project is now coming to an end but we are hoping to carry on with some
of the work and are currently working out just how we will achieve that," said
Wes Shelbourne, general manager of JUST Lincolnshire, the county's human rights
organisation which came up with The Alchemy Project idea.
"We will be
sharing some of our work and discussing our future plans at a reflection event
later this month."
Project was launched in April last year and was initially planned to run until
the end of this month.
It is funded by
the Community Development Foundation and other partners are Boston College,
Boston Borough Council, South Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Service, the
Aegis Trust, Victim Support, Stop Hate UK and the Boston Community Safety