Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force, Installation view National Glass Centre, 2010. Photo: Peter Merrington. Courtesy of AV Festival 10

Work Force draws together historical representations of labour in the industry of glassmaking through films from the 1970s to present day. Glassworks (1977), produced by Amber Films is a visual record of an industrial glass factory in Lemington on Tyneside. In John Smith’s Slow Glass (1988-91), a nostalgic glazier gives a very personal reflection on the changing attitudes to labour, industry and life in London’s East End in the late 80s. In his new 16mm film Glass Struggle, Mat Fleming documents his attempts to master a technique in order to hand-make a series of hammer and sickle editions in glass; together these tools symbolise the ideal of unity between industry and workers.

Credit
Curated by National Glass Centre. Mat Fleming film co-commissioned by AV Festival 10 and National Glass Centre.

Work Force

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Preview: Tue 9 March, 6-8pm 

Fri 5 March - Sun 2 May 2010

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