A film by Phoebe Nightingale and William Webb.
A pregnant woman reminisces on her childhood and wonders how she will bring up her own children without her late mother's guidance. Pip explores the space between motherhood and motherlessness, through the analogy of an orange tree.
I wrote Pip in Seville. I was obsessed with oranges, their sweet perfume permeating my hands, until a story flowed out of them, fully formed. It is a raw, fundamental story of loss.
It began as a writing prompt, given to me by writing tutor Jane Hankin as part of my Illustration degree at Kingston School of Art. She asked me to write about the inside of an orange. For weeks, this story bubbled away in my brain, slowly, and I let it develop.
At first, I only had one phrase; "We laid mama to rest under the orange tree." It was a play on words, swapping marmalade for mama laid, and it hinted at motherhood, death, and a family tree in a literal and metaphorical sense.
I read Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. I ate my way through clementines, Nardicots, Valencias. I made monoprints using orange peel. I wrote, redrafted, wrote, drew, printed, bound. I desperately tried to breathe life into this little story, this quiet moment in which a daughter buries her mother under an orange tree.
As much as I tried to make it work, to bind this story into a book so it could be unpeeled and savoured by the reader, it simply didn't work.
In a slump, I went back to Jane, and showed her the draft. It was messy, stained with coffee, orange juice, and probably my own tears by that point.
She took one look at it and asked, "Why are you trying to make it into a book? It doesn't fit. It's a film."
Of course it was a film. Of course it was.
Pip doesn't fit neatly into four corners, it doesn't sit snugly on a page. It is too raw, the pain too fundamental, the words too sensual, too overflowing with colour.
It deserved to live, to be felt, heard, seen. Not merely experienced in 2D, then closed and put back on the shelf. This story breathes.
I went to Seville on a uni trip, and finally felt the story come alive. I ate sweet oranges, watched them ripen in a hazy market square, heard the whisper of waxen leaves, rich and dark green. Phrases and descriptions littered my sketchbooks, thumbnail sketches of fruits, skies, colours. My skin became sunkissed, smattered with freckles, each one a record of time spent researching, recording, drawing, living.
When I got home, I wrote Pip as a screenplay in an hour.
I planned and storyboarded the film extensively. Every frame was considered, coloured, blocked, until I knew the film inside out.
I worked together with filmmaker Will Webb to realise the film in the final stages. We work instinctively, pulling the story together, understanding each other's vision wordlessly.
The wonderful actors, Teri and Isabella, are mother and daughter in real life. Their natural bond comes across beautifully on screen. Despite Teri being cold, tired and 3 months pregnant whilst filming, she brings such emotion and intensity to the film.
The setting was the most difficult part. It was filmed in one drizzly, cold, April afternoon in my back garden in Cookham. After extensive colour grading, lighting, and literally spending an hour tying oranges to a pear tree, several people have asked when I went to Italy to film. And that is the biggest compliment in the world!
Kingston School of Art - Illustration Animation Film Festival
Barbican Centre - Young Visual Arts Group Exhibition
Shooting People Film of the Month - Second Place
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts - Installation
Paula gained a degree in Art and Art History at Scarborough University in 1998 as a mature student.
Her career as an artist began as a ceramicist making quirky animals. She became interested in painting, initially as an abstract painter. Now she enjoys working with colour design and animals. She combines both in her animal portraits.
Unpretentious, bold and blatantly playful blocks of colour sit behind vivid and improvised strokes to deliver a unique minimalist vision.
Tim has been producing original artworks for over a decade. His unique blend of influences bring together sumi-e style spontaneity with controlled, geometric simplicity. A junction where calm meets chaos, reflecting the relationship humans have with nature.
An exhibition created with local schools and inspired by Me and My Bee, a show in the Jump In! Family Arts Festival.
Albert Einstein said that without the bees, humans have four years left to live. We rely on bees to pollinate one third of the crops we use as food.
This special multi-sensory experience for diverse family audiences including children with SEN, explores the importance and plight of bees, and gives ideas for what we can do to help the bee population.
Led by Clare Lynskey
Giving children the opportunity to learn and explore through exciting and fun art activities – and we do all the clearing up!
Mondays (from 19 Feb, exc 2 and 9 Apr)
11.30am – 12.15pm
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions
Suitable for ages 6+ months.
If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically
Led by Jo Hall.
Use photographs as memory aids or starting points for drawing and painting. Explore several techniques to find successful compositions.
Tues 20 Feb – 20 Mar (exc 27 Mar)
10am – 1pm
£18 per class or £82.50 for 5 week course
Suitable for 18+ years.
Led by Amanda Schenk.
A sociable group for people who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now!
Do you have a box of art materials that you keep meaning to use? Did you used to create art but stopped doing it somewhere along the line? Are you inspired to make art when you go to exhibitions?
Professional artist Amanda Schenk leads this creative community. Play with materials, go on art adventures and explore your arty side. You’ll grow in creative confidence, meet new people and have fun getting playful with a range of art techniques.
Why not make a day of it and stay for lunch after?
£5 materials fee to tutor.
Wed 17 Jan – 7 Feb and 21 Feb – 14 Mar
10am – 12pm
£48 for 4 week course
Suitable for 18+ years