Emily Shepherd: The Point Souvenir Shop
7 - 30 November 2014
Preview: Friday 7 November / 6-8pm / All welcome
Twenty-nine years ago, on 29 November 1985, The Point entertainment complex (notable in the history of British cinema for containing the first purpose-built multiplex cinema in the UK) opened in central Milton Keynes.
In affectionate homage to this iconic red ziggurat and marking it’s anniversary, MK-born artist Emily Shepherd has developed and curated November’s Project Space exhibition, The Point Souvenir Shop. Presenting early film footage together with souvenirs created by the artist and workshop participants from Ousedale School and Milton Keynes Arts Centre, the exhibition serves as a make-shift souvenir shop, designed to encourage a nostalgic look back at the early development of The Point entertainment complex.
Visitors are invited to browse for souvenirs and collect tokens - which will serve as souvenir currency - in return for providing a brief personal memory of The Point.
On the evening of the Thursday 20 November, as part of A Big Send Off, shopping will commence; tokens will be exchanged for souvenirs, transforming The Point Souvenir Shop into a collection of personal reflections on this iconic landmark.
Emily Shepherd (b.1985) lives and works in Glasgow. Place and environment, such as an "un-discovered" island, a disused nuclear testing ground or a cinema, swimming pools, gymnasiums and tennis courts provide the impetus for her work. She researches the recent history, social context or role of a place and draws continual interest from the replica, the miniature model and more recently, the souvenir. These places serve as expansive set designs or stages where she creates new encounters and new narratives through a process of re-examining and re-imagining. www.emily-shepherd.co.uk
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