Stills from Ponor – Janczak music/art Video showing: OLD SHIRES HALL Durham 15th Aug.

Ponor – Janczak = 50/50 collaboration between visual artist and musician – with guest invites via the net.

Nick Janczakhttps://soundcloud.com/fuzzyhaze

More info: http://experimentalstudio.org.uk/events/film-night

Breeze Creatives CIC and Vane, have been granted access to Old Shire Hall in Durham for a limited time, to host four very special events that aim to showcase some of the best creativity in Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and the surrounding areas.

As part of this series of events taking place, on Friday 15th August for one night only we are staging a free night of film, video and moving image work by a selection of filmmakers and artists from throughout the region and beyond. Over a dozen rooms throughout the Grade II listed Old Shire Hall will be turned into screen rooms to showcase a diverse range of work.

Not only is this a chance to see some exciting up and coming filmmaker’s work, but also a chance to look around the splendid Old Shire Hall, which has been inaccessible to the public for several decades. Old Shire Hall is a Grade II listed building situated in the heart of Durham City Centre. It was built in 1895 as the County Hall, and was used as such until 1963 when it was bought by the University of Durham as a home for their administration. Old Shire Hall has particular significance as this is where the first all Labour County Council was assembled in 1909.

Artists and filmmakers showcasing their work on the night include: Ruth Siddals, Beth Ross, Tim Neath, Peter McAdam, Ponor-Janczak, Klaus Pinter, Sean Burn, Kayleigh O’Keefe, Letizia Binda-Partensky, Sheryl Jenkins, Roberta Orlando, Melanie Menard, Lucia Schweigert, Nicola Joanne Carter, Huw Andrews, Fin McMorran, Allie Litherland, Anna Flemming, Amelia Crouch, and Stu Herring.

Free admission with pay bar.

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Update:

 My other P O N O R site will be ready shortly.  It will have a new SHOP section where if you happen to spot anything you like you’ll easily be able to buy my work  – paintings/drawings/objects directly on-line, via Paypal and so on.  (I’m also planning for a space where you’ll be able put in bids – as in: “make me an offer”  – a bit similar to what already happens on sites like Ebay.)

  There’s no reason why selling on-line shouldn’t work for artists, the gallery system doesn’t work well for anyone I ever met  and that’s a whole lot of artists and makers over the years.   The high end prices charged at most larger established galleries only really help the already famous and successful, or let’s just say, they are in place specifically to create exclusivity, thereby continuing the art market stranglehold which cynically uses art and artists as investment commodity.   It should be possible to aim to keep prices at a sensible level so that anyone who really wants a unique piece of work should be able to buy it, enjoy it and feel welcome to be a part of the arts community – this in turn would really benefit artists and makers. This change wouldn’t hurt the galleries, they already have their customer base, but there’s a desperate need for those who make things to get directly connected to prospective customers and the net now offers us this as a real opportunity and option.

  A few years back people weren’t used to buying on-line but now most of us are used to it –  of course there are a few problematic areas, colour reproduction for example, but I’ve never had anyone want to return an item specifically because it looked slightly different in colour due to monitor/screen settings.

I genuinely think things really need to change and they won’t change unless artists and their supporters stop endorsing outdated methodology.  

*Thanks for taking the time to read through this, I don’t often sound off here : )

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