In early October, Newtown, Ebbw Vale — one of Tai Calon Community Housing’s target community development and environmental improvement areas — witnessed a full-scale community film shoot co-ordinated and directed by Arts+Minds artist, Matt White.

This location shoot, which was preceded by a film crew visit and filming session at Tai Calon’s Headquarters in Blaina, was set up to generate film footage for The Tick and the Bomb, Matt White’s ambitious 19 minute broadcast quality short film, which uses stories and information from an eighteen-month period spent working with residents from Newtown, Ebbw Vale and staff from Tai Calon.

This pioneering work was one of the artist’s creative conversations with the Tai Calon community that revolve around the idea of transformation. White’s film aims to highlight the ways that imaginative processes can be used to address some of the problems associated with the precepts of urban regeneration; as well as exploring the relationship between Newtown residents and the social landlord, charged with their care.

The film contains a number of dramatised sequences that revolve around everyday moments (the tick) that have the potential for transformation or profound change (the bomb). Shot in various locations in Newtown and Blaina, the film features Newtown residents and Tai Calon staff alongside professional actors and film crew.

The collaborative process involved in making The Tick and the Bomb is a fundamentally important part of this project. Alongside previous creative interventions the artist has instigated, the work attempts to change perceptions about Newtown, from both the inside and outside. Indeed, the three-day shoot in Newtown is designed to be something of a local spectacle and this, coupled with the subsequent public screenings, offers a solidifying of this potential perceptive shift
Period9 Oct 201711 Oct 2017