Back on the road – Australian cinemas

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Drive-in cinema

I am back on the road in search of spectral spaces of cinema across rural Victoria, Australia between May – July 2014.

Australian Cinemas (24 Frames) is a large body of work that is producing a visual typology that indexes the sociological, cultural and historic context of rural cinema in Australia. By photographing what remains of these cinemas (or what has replaced them) I am documenting the social and geographical changes that have taken place to the landscape through the lens of ‘cinema’. The images that form Australian Cinemas (24 Frames) accentuate the dominating force of the Australian landscape, both economically and climatically, leaving the vanishing sites of cinema in its midst. In its wake is a social and geographic landscape that has been shaped by consumerism, individualism and conversely the desire for ‘sameness’. The cinemas that remain can only do so as spectres. 

Read more about Australian Cinemas (24 Frames).

The Cinemas Project

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The Cinemas Project website

A lot of the research and work investigating the history of cinema in rural Victoria for Australian Cinemas (24 Frames) became the background research and informed the The Cinemas Project: a large-scale project based in Australia commissioned by NETS Victoria, curated by Bridget Crone.

The Cinemas Project is a program of major, new contemporary artworks that explore the spaces of cinema in regional Victoria. These projects, by five of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, evoke both the mechanics of film as well as the history and present day reality of cinema. In many cases the works are housed within or make reference to cinema buildings that still stand, have vanished or have been re-purposed.

In the early days of film, movie theatres occupied a pivotal place in our communities often doubling as town halls, dance halls and even skate rinks. They were places of social gathering but also of imagination and fantasy. The Cinemas Project aims to explore and to reignite these sites of living memories, spirited visions, and future possibilities.

Each of the five artists has worked in relation to a single location. In this way the history of cinema in regional Victoria provides an impetus for the contemporary artworks that have been commissioned for The Cinemas Project. The resulting artworks provide us with imaginative relationships and reflections upon the place of cinema.

Between April – August 2014 the five new commissions curated by Bridget Crone for The Cinemas Project opened across five regional galleries in Victoria, Australia. Find out more about The Cinemas Project

As well as research on individual cinemas and inputting into the conceptual development for the project, I built The Cinemas Project website. More about my website work here.


Photographic Print: Palace Cinema 1930-1959

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You can purchase this limited edition photographic print of the Palace Cinema, Kentish Town over at the Kentishtowner website.

For the December 2013 edition of Kentishtowner, Nigel Smith of Tufnell Park Film Club took Sam on a tour of the lost cinemas right here in NW5. It’s a fascinating, almost forgotton history. We were thrilled that Sam also created this very limited edition Kentish Town print, featuring the one-time site of the Palace Cinema. Squeezed today between Tesco and the Property Maintenance Shop on Kentish Town Road.

Cost: £65
Limited edition of 50 numbered prints
Each one signed by artist Sam Nightingale
A3 size (297mm × 420mm)
Printed on high quality photographic paper
UK postage & packing included
Dispatched within 14 days of order

View on Kentishtowner.

A Brooks Art: Works on paper exhibition at Deutsche Bank

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Five hand-printed limited edition photographic etching from the Islington’s Lost Cinemas series will be printed and presented on the occasion of the A Brooks Art: Works on paper exhibition at Deutsche Bank exhibition: July – September 2013.


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A selection from the on going series Forgotten Futures: modernist architecture of the british seaside town will be on show at Bouyant, Gallery 40, Brighton, from 27 – 31 August 2013 (11 to 5)
Private View: Monday 26th August 6 – 9
Closing 31 August till 9pm