Upcoming events, screenings, workshops, talks, exhibitions, everything! Read on…
No Dance, No Palaver is a series of works produced from Onyeka Igwe’s research into the Aba Women’s War of 1929. Made up of three films, the series experiments with archival footage relating to West Africa during the first half of the 20th century. Full details here.
Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2019 | 2 – 6 May 2019 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
Past Events 2018:
Volunteer Preview Night: Onyeka Igwe: No Dance, No Palaver
We invited our volunteers to a preview of our upcoming exhibition at Hawick Film & Video Group’s cinema. More info on volunteer opportunities here.
The Watershed | 18 June 2018 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick, TD9 9BU, 6PM
Artist Andrew MacKenzie joined us in the Alchemy Space for a public consultation on public art in Hawick.The Watershed is aimed at connecting with the community of Hawick about current proposals and opportunities for Public Art connected to the Flood Protection Scheme, drawing to public attention the benefits this may offer. More information here.
RISE Arts & Mental Health Symposium | 24 May 2018 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick, TD9 9BU
Full details here.
Your Festival, Your Community | Regional Screen Scotland | 28 April 2018 | MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA, 10:00 – 11:35 AM
Our Creative Director, Richard Ashrowan will be speaking at the Regional Screen Scotland about how we create a local film festival that is meaningful and engaging to our local community. Film festivals can benefit their communities in far-reaching ways, they bring people, venues, businesses and organisations together around a shared goal.
You can find out more about the event here.
CUT-PASTE-PLAY | 3 – 7 May 2018 | Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival
In 2018 Alchemy Film & Arts are very excited to present the first “Young Alchemy Moving Image Makers” Programme of work.Full details here.
Volunteer Meeting | 27 March 2018 | Heart of Hawick, Scottish Borders
Join us on Tuesday 28 March for an informal meeting for volunteers! You’ll get a chance to meet the Alchemy 2018 team, and even get a sneak peek at some of this year’s festival highlights! Open to anyone who’s interested in volunteering with Alchemy and would like to find out more.
You can find out more about our volunteering opportunities here.
Free Workshop Taster Session | Saturday 13 January 2018 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
For young people aged 11 – 18 yrs
Come and find out about being part of the workshops creating a collaborative Moving Image Installation at the Alchemy Space in Hawick. Full details here.
Past Events 2017:
Christopher Steel | Welcome back to Southside | Wednesday 20 December – Sun 31 December 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
The silent film, Welcome Back to Southside, shows a journey home from work superimposed 36 times onto one reel of 16mm film, then expanded digitally with a traveling loop. Full details here.
Kerry Jones | Nobody Speak | Fri 1 December – Sat 16 December 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
Dismantled, manipulated audio, moving and still image in a sculptural immersive installation. “Nobody Speak” couples and uncouples significance. Useless, irresponsible and subconscious impulses appearing then disappearing into the black screen, creating and frustrating expectations. Full details here.
Screen Bandita 16mm Direct Animation Workshop | Saturday 25 November 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
Get creative making wonderful abstract animations on 16mm celluloid film strips! This hands on workshop will demonstrate techniques to draw, paint, etch & collage directly onto the celluloid to create mesmerising moving image experiences. The film will then be projected so you can see your creations come to life on screen!Full details here.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN | 14 September – 8 December 2017
Screenings in the Scottish Borders from 14 September – 8 December 2017 programmed by Harriet Warman for Alchemy Film & Arts in partnership with Moving Image Makers Collective. Full details here.
HOMEGROWN & WILD: In praise of Vegetables, in film and spoken word | 27 November 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
A screening of short experimental films in celebration of the humble vegetable, including a classic lesbian vegetable romance and an astonishing asparagus animation. Accompanied by a special talk and reading by Borders based author Fi Martynoga. Come along, and bring your favourite vegetable to add to our altar of vegetable appreciation! Full details here.
Rachel Maclean | Spite Your Face | 13 May – 26 November 2017 | Venice
Curated by Alchemy Film & Arts for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2017. A darkly comic moral tale, depicting a post-truth dystopia where the world is turned on its head, leaving the characters untethered to any sense of right and wrong, truth and lies. Full details here.
Bill Brown | Moving Pictures | Fri 27 October – Thu 9 November 2017 | 39 – 41a, High Street, Hawick
Moving Pictures is a 3-channel slide projector installation in which an animated series of colorful geometrical forms is simultaneously projected and composited on a moving projection screen. Full details here.
EXPERIMENTAL FILM TASTER WORKSHOP | 21 October 2017 | Duns
Join Borders filmmaker Jason Moyes in Duns for a one day introduction to the basics of experimental film. Discussions, Ideas, Shooting, Editing and a chance to show your work to the group at the end of the day.
Pidgin Perfect Placemaking Breakfast | Wednesday 20 September 2017 | Philliphaugh Community Centre
Please join us in Selkirk on Wednesday 20th September at Philiphaugh Community Centre for one of three Placemaking Breakfasts.
In the ‘Placemaking Surgery’, you will working across a number of creative activities and hear the placemaking perspectives of cultural producers, creative practitioners, planners and, most importantly, local community voices. The event will conclude with a panel discussion and ‘Ideas Station’ which will provide attendees with solution focused proposals to take forward independently. Full details here.
Free Flow: Moving Image Makers Collective at Borders Heritage Festival 2017 | 7 – 9 September 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
Full details here.
Jessie Growden | Work in Progress | 31 August and 2 September 2017 | Hawick
An exploration into the process of combining moving image and landscape painting. The artist was present during the exhibition and created paintings informed by image and sound, in an attempt to present the landscape as a visual translation from life to moving image to an object – the painting. Full details here.
Nicoletta Stephanz | pf(hy)steria | 24 and 26 August 2017 | Hawick
A selection of Nicoletta’s recent film works, including a collaboration with Artist Joy Parker. Nicoletta’s newest work, pf(hy)steria explores the impact of illness on one’s life, paths to recovery and a sense of lost time. Full details here.
Narda Azaria Dalgleish | What About the Ineffable? | 17 and 19 August 2017 | Hawick
What About the Ineffable? An experimental moving image retrospective of selected works created between 2014-2017. In addition to the screening of the films there is a ‘forest’ installation of silk banners behind the curtain onto which 2 black and white films of 100 peoples’ portraits were screened. Full details here.
Jane Houston Green | Here, There, Everywhere | 10 and 12 August 2017 | Hawick
Four films made in 2016 and a current work in progress, which the Artist is planning to develop into an amalgamated work called ‘A Shadow Symphony’. Full details here.
Jason Moyes | Minus Nine | 3 and 5 August 2017 | Hawick
Featuring works produced from 2014 to March this year ‘Minus Nine’ explores a range of themes and maps the artist’s journey as a filmmaker. Myths and legends are retold, Berwick is at war with St. Petersburg, the American dream is represented in found footage and red lights cast a spell. Full details here.
Taster Day, Eyemouth Wellbeing Week | Tue 1 Aug 2017, 10:30 – 3:00 | Eyemouth
With Scottish Borders Council and National Health Service
More info here.
Beverley Cornwell| On Exhibit | 27 and 29 July 2017 | Hawick
A compilation of short films by Beverley Cornwell that explores themes that emerge when looking at exhibited animals as objects and art, and investigates the way we share our spaces with animals in museums, zoos, and art galleries. Full details here.
Patrick Rafferty | Rhythm, Routine and Ritual | 20 and 22 July 2017 | Hawick
The first part of an ongoing project, using still and moving image. Examining how intertwined, yet partitioned our lives can be- causality and entropy, light and shadow, growth and decay. Full details here.
Experimental Film Workshop in collaboration with Reaching Out and the Learning Disability LAC Service | Wed 31 May, 7, 14, 21 June 2017 10am – 2pm | Hawick Congregational Church
Read more here.
Frank Brown | A Retrospective | 9-18 June 2017 | Hawick
Borders-based documentary filmmaker Frank Brown, has been making films for almost 3Be0 years. Utilising ever-changing camera technology, he has captured countless significant local events, international travels, Borders culture and remarkable wildlife footage, all with great style and humility. Full details here.
High School Alchemists | Sat 17 and Sat 24 June 2017 10am – 1pm | Hawick High School, Buccleuch Road, TD9 0EG
Join local filmmaker Dawn Berry for a 2 day experimental filmmaking journey in partnership with Alchemy Film & Arts and VOMO tv…
Read more here.
Louise Harris | Auroculis | 5 – 18 May 2017 | Hawick
Glasgow-based artist Louise Harris presents three pieces, for Expanded Audiovisual Format (EAF), investigating relationships between sonic form, through time, and visual form, and through space. Full details here.
Video Home System at Glasgow Film Festival 2017 | Thu 23 February 2017
Two boxers appear to merge in Christine Lucy Latimer’s Mosaic; bodies seize, fall and burn in Dance of Death; a blurry Bugs Bunny eludes us in Interlude (Homage to Bugs Bunny) by Chris Meigh Andrews, meanwhile Meesoo Lee brings us ‘video zines’ 15 years before YouTube. Home movies, TV shows, press conferences – images of personal expression, power and violence – are shown to degrade and transform, given new meaning by artists using VHS. 40 years after the VCR was released in the UK and USA, this selection shows how video has been and continues to be an exciting and creative medium.
Artist Mairead McClean will be present at this screening.
Full details here.
Fundraiser: Rachel Maclean – Feed Me | 17 February 2017 | Heart of Hawick Auditorium, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE
Join us for a celebratory screening of Rachel Maclean’s acclaimed British Art Show film Feed Me and find out more about Rachel’s work and Scotland + Venice. We will also be hearing directly from a young artist selected from the Borders to develop her practice and experience in Venice as part of the development programme.
Past Events 2016:
Christmas With Alchemy | Fri 9 December 2016 | Heart of Hawick Auditorium, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE
What is an experimental film? Who are Alchemy? What do we do & why? All your questions answered!
Burnfoot Introductory Filmmaking Weekend Series
Sat 22 & Sun 23 October 2016
Sat 5 & Sun 6 November 2016
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November 2016
Read more here.
Super 8 Workshop With Avant Kinema | Sat 10 December 2016, 10:00 – 17:00 | Burnfoot Community Hub, Burnfoot Road, Hawick TD9 8EN
In this fun, hands-on workshop, Borders-based experimental filmmakers/musicians, Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian, will revisit the glory days of 8mm cine filmmaking: guiding participants through the process of shooting a low budget Super 8 cartridge, using expired stock and vintage equipment readily available on eBay, processing with the Caffenol recipe (coffee, vitamin c and washing soda), hand- colouring and scratching film, and using a projector for DIY telecine (conversion to digital video).
Full details here.
Specialist Sound Workshop | November 2016
Off The Peg | Sun 2 October 2016 | MacArts, Galashiels TD1 1SP
Moving Image Makers Collective and Alchemy Film & Arts present Off The Peg: showing MIMC short films, Romance of Cashmere 1978 archive film, and Ettrick by Jacques Perconte.
Hidden Door Screening | Tue 31 May 2016
Alchemy will be screening short film highlights from this years Festival. Discover the Electric City, hidden along King’s Stables Road in the heart of Edinburgh, for 9 days and nights of music, art, theatre, cinema, spoken word, poetry, bars, street food and much more…
Past Events 2015:
Scottish Borders Community Filmmaking Initiative
November 2014 – February 2015
Full details here