LUX, in collaboration with LUX Scotland, is pleased to present the first London solo exhibition by Andrew Black featuring his Margaret Tait Commission film ‘On Clogger Lane’.
‘On Clogger Lane’ is a new experimental documentary by Andrew Black. The film meanders through the Washburn Valley between Otley and Harrogate, exploring the infrastructures of capital on land overshadowed by a monstrous satellite surveillance station, submerged beneath reservoirs, haunted by accusations of witchcraft, and populated by the traces of many generations of past inhabitants – from prehistoric carvings to the Victorian graves of child labourers.
Incorporating conversations with farmers, antiquarians, dowsers, grandmothers, Quakers, landowners and communists alongside an improvisational score, ‘On Clogger Lane’ explores the meeting points of passivity and protest, public and private, past and present, all coincident in the same patch of ancient land.
This film features newly-recorded conversations with Sylvia Boyes, Anne Lee and Lindis Percy — local women who have been involved in opposing the activities of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Menwith Hill site (near Harrogate, North Yorkshire), as well as British and US imperialism more widely in different capacities over decades. Further contributors are local people whose connections to the Washburn Valley tell complex and interlinked stories of industrial exploitation, social history and folklore: Sally Robinson at the Washburn Heritage Centre; farmer and author Stephanie Shields; local historian Tom Cox; quarry site manager Richard Green and Black’s uncle Barrie Jackson. These oral histories are accompanied by an experimental score, including music by Leeds improvisational band Vibracathedral Orchestra and archival sound and film from the Yorkshire Film Archive.
Presented by LUX and LUX Scotland.
LUX invites local residents and community members to join them for a free breakfast opening and an opportunity to preview exhibition. LUX will provide coffee, tea and pastries in our conservatory, with the artist in attendance. All welcome, drop in any time between 9 – 11 am. Find out more here.
Andrew Black was born in Leeds and has lived in Glasgow since 2009. He was on the committee of Transmission gallery in 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 took part in the Experimental Film & Moving Image Residency at Cove Park, and the Autumn Residency at Hospitalfield. He recently completed a commission with Atlas Arts as part of the Plural Futures Community Film project on the Isle of Skye, exhibited with Aman Sandhu as part of Glasgow International Festival in June 2021. Black’s work was recently exhibited at Centre Clark, Montreal as part of The Magic Roundabout and the Naked Man with Aman Sandhu. He is the recipient of the Margaret Tait Commission 2021, a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. The film in the exhibition has open captions and offers audio described screening daily.
Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room to be brighter or a lower volume environment. The films in the screening programme include loud sounds.
Image description: A film still showing an archival image of a protest banner showing white stylised faces and hands on an iridescent, pixelated blue background.
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The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Creative Scotland.