pancrack news archive

2010

DEC 25th 2010:
DR. GEEBERS' XMAS ADDRESS

George aka 'Dr Geebers' is a homeless / travelling artist walking the coastal path clockwise around Britain. His epic journey and trademark pebble sculptures aim to generate publicity and raise awareness about homelessness. If he makes it back to Brighton he will have become the first person ever to completed the 6,000 mile trip creating art along the way. For the last 6 weeks he has been in Saltburn enduring the harshest winter for decades! I shot this video for him on Xmas Eve for his fans on Facebook. It went live at 3pm on Xmas day - Sorry Queenie :-)

NOV/DEC 2010:
THE GREAT WHITEOUT
It was certainly the longest, coldest, most stunning and even surreal cold snap of my lifetime. It got me out with the stills camera...

Click Here For Gallery


THANKS TO ALL WHO WENT TO CINEWORLD !

Add your comments and reviews...
THE VIN FILM GUESTBOOK

SUN 28th NOV:
VIN DVD RELEASE POSTPONED FOR BIGGER PLAN

Vin and me have decided to postpone the DVD release until 2011. The Xmas market was very tempting but we think it is too soon to go to DVD and want to further build the film's profile. We think it is crucial that the film be exposed to the widest audience esp. outside the folk circuit.
We are going to pull out all the stops to target all relevant TV broadcasters regionally, nationally and also in Australia and Canada; as many indie cinema-venues as possible across the NE - Three are already keen and Cineworld are interested in doing a one day special; also cinemas in Oz where I took 'A Century in Stone' in 2005 and where Vin has big support; and lastly as many doc fests as possible including international.

Landing a TV sale is notoriously difficult and I am not that optimistic but if we don't go for it we will forever wonder if...
So sorry to disappoint those wanting the DVD for Xmas but we hope you will understand. Maximising the impact of a film is always the absolute aim. I would like to think a TV screening and more cinema showings will happen in the first quarter of 2011 and the DVD release will follow immediately after.
Watch this page for future updates !

FRI 26th NOV:

DVD MASTER FACTORY READY


Artwork for DVD cover and label plus onscreen
menus and extra features are all done. The extras include 75 mins of live and archive footage from around the world plus 'Premiere' and 'Story of Lynda' featurettes.
FRI 26th NOV: BEHOLD THE DVD SELLING BOX !

11th-18th NOV:
1,066 WATCH FILM at CINEWORLD !
making it the 4th biggest pull of the week outselling 22 mainstream titles, including SAW 3D and Paranormal Activity! It would have got a 2nd week extension had it not been for HarryPotter 3D
opening on 7 screens on Nov 19th. Many thanks to Cineworld and all who came to see it.

FRI 26th NOV: DARLO & STOCKTON TIMES GREAT REVIEW
THU 18th NOV: GUISBOROUGH BOOKSHOP WANT DVDS !
THU 18th NOV: WHSMITH TEESSIDE PARK WANT DVDS !
THU 18th NOV: COASTAL VIEW GREAT FEATURE !
WED 17th NOV: CINEWORLD LATEST BIGGEST CROWD YET !!!
WED 17th NOV: FMTTM BORO FANZINE GREAT REVIEW !
TUE 16th NOV: CINEWORLD LATEST OUTSELLS OTHER FILMS !!!
MON 15th NOV: EVENING GAZETTE GREAT REVIEW !
FRI 12th NOV: EVENING GAZETTE GREAT REVIEW
THU 11th NOV: NORTHERN ECHO GREAT FEATURE
11th-18th NOV:
1,066 WATCH FILM at CINEWORLD !
making it the 4th biggest pull of the week outselling 22 mainstream titles, including SAW 3D and Paranormal Activity! It would have got a 2nd week extension had it not been for HarryPotter 3D
opening on 7 screens on Nov 19th. Many thanks to Cineworld and all who came to see it !

Cineworld Pics (Above / Below / Left) : KEV HOWARD
With my Uncle Ray, husband of my late Auntie Joan, who inspired Vin to write the song 'Lynda' back in 1980.

Packed House !

Cinema gig career first !

Nov 11th: CINEWORLD ROLLS OUT RED CARPET !
A capacity crowd of 200 crossed the red carpet for the (Cine) World Premiere of
'Vin Garbutt: Teesside Troubadour'
Thanks to Dave, Darren, Martin and all at Cineworld for doing the biz, to Vin for a great live set as ever; to John Wilcock for excellent PA; to Tom Marshall and Matt Hallows for filming the event and Kev Howard for doing stills; and last but not least, thanks to all who came and made it a top night !



NOV 11th: BBC TEES
Vin & Craig interviewed on
Bob Fisher Show
 
 
Blood, Sweat and Timeline....
To The Wire!
Hail the 7P's !

NOV 10th: Craig finishes film and sleeps like a baby
NOV 10th: Film has sold most advance tickets for all next week!
NOV 9th: Test screening at CINEWORLD for media folk.
NOV 8th: Craig stays up all night swearing at crashing computer!
NOV 5th: EVENING GAZETTE Great Feature
NOV 4th: LIVING TRADITION Folk Mag feature
NOV 4th: NORTHERN ECHO Great Feature
NOV 3rd:
Interviews & photo shoot at Cineworld
NOV 3rd: HMV M'bro pre-orders 200 dvds !

 

VINNY WORLD @ CINEWORLD
FILM PREMIERE & VIN LIVE !
THURS 11th NOV - SOLD OUT !
Tickets still available for Nov 12th-18th:

BOOK YOURS NOW:
CINEWORLD BOX OFFICE

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR REST OF WEEK!
TICKETS FOR Fri 12th Nov - Thurs 18th Nov
@ 2.30pm & 7.30pm

TICKETS Special Price: £6 & £4.50 (Conc.)
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WATCH CLIP !

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FILM SYNOPSIS:

Vin Garbutt is a legend of English folk music. His trademark blend of traditional tunes, passionate protest songs and zany patter has won him legions of fans across the world. And he has achieved this, not with any major backing or media profile but with non-stop touring and word of mouth.

After 40 years on the road, Vin’s unique story is now told in this definitive documentary. Filmed in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Europe and in his native North East, it combines fly-on-the-wall, unseen archive and live concert footage plus candid interviews. ‘Teesside Troubadour’ is typically Vin -
fascinating, philosophical and funny!

SEPT 28th: FRANKLIN MEDHURST LAUNCHES BOOK AT 90 !
"45 years later, it makes you boil with anger" - John Grundy
An audience of 50 attended Stockton Library for the launch of Frank Medhurst's long awaited book 'A Quiet Catastrophe-The Teesside Job'. In 1965, Frank was a brilliant young planner who was sent into Teesside to carry out a massive public survey and plan to recover the area's culture and plan a better future. The social deprivation, poverty and pollution that he encountered was amongst the worst in Western Europe. When he presented THE TRUE FACTS to Government he was sacked and the report suppressed. At the time, Stockton had a High Street to rival Yarm with picturesque alleyways
  running down to the river and cheerful Dickensian inns. It all went the way of the bulldozer thanks to infamous corrupt planner John Poulson and corrupt councillors in his pocket. Frank Medhurst tried to stop all this and the Council took its revenge by blacklisting him and never hiring him again. Now a sprightly 90, Frank tells his story at last and asks many pointed questions about the Teesside of today and tomorrow...

AVAILABLE FOR £7.99
FROM ALL GOOD BOOKSHOPS
or order by email from: robhorne83@googlemail.com
Extract from book: "A CENTURY IN STONE is a masterpiece of recovered history about to be lost through neglect"
FRANKLIN MEDHURST
27th SEPTEMBER 2010:
MYSTERY VIN FILM CLIP FOUND!

After Coastal View & Moor News published our appeal to help us find the mystery man who it had been reported had filmed the earliest ever clip of Vin Garbutt, we found him in the nick of time near Guisborough. We now have the clip - all 20 odd seconds of it. It was filmed in a South Bank flat back in 1966 when Vin was 18 !
Big Thanks to Coastal View, Jo E and Dave B !
THE UNITED ARTISTS OF TEESSIDE !
A NEW EXHIBITION BY KEV HOWARD
@ THE PYTHON GALLERY, M'BRO
SEPT 24th - OCT 15th Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.00pm
17 x giant portraits of practicing Teesside artists by Kev Howard (top left) including...
poet Andy Willoughby (above left) and singer/songwriter Dominic Nelson-Ashley (above right) plus Melanie Greenall, Adrian Moule, Clare Hansford, Bub Bacon, Keith Peacock, Tim Coyte, Sarah Porteous, Bob Beagrie,
Milo Thelwall, Cathie Sprague, Emily Petyt, Andy Broderick,Hannah Campion some bloke called Garbutt and Me !

FOR MORE INFO: UAT @ PYTHON GALLERY & KEV HOWARD
2nd SEPTEMBER 2010:
'LONGRIDGE WOOD: THE BATTLE CONTINUES'
all the way to Number 10 !

Well done The Hobsons - Petition and Pancrack DVDs delivered !
Now let's hope we see Mr. Cameron & Co. respond to the Marton branch (geddit !)
of THE BIG SOCIETY...



31st August 2010:
'LONGRIDGE WOOD:
BATTLE CONTINUES'

DVD ON ITS WAY TO
DOWNING STREET !

GOOD LUCK TO
THE
LONGRIDGE LOBBY!

 

August 2010:
LONGRIDGE WOOD :
THE BATTLE CONTINUES !
. After Ray Mallon and Middlesbrough Council refused to listen to massive public objection, Lord Bates of Langbaurgh is now asking the new Coalition Government to call in the council's destructive plan for review.

The campaigners meanwhile are again off to London, this time to deliver a petition and dvd to 10 Downing St.
DONALD PLAYFORD 1954-2010
My cousin Don sadly died on August 3rd, aged 56, from alcohol-related illness.
He had an outstanding natural talent for painting wildlife and nature and attended Middlesbrough Art College in the early 70s. He was also a natural guitarist who could play 'Voodoo Chile' like Jimi. He was a massive inspiration to me as a kid. His pictures are long scattered but must be out there somewhere - if you have any info please drop me an email (see top of page) and check out my online tribute click here
14th AUGUST 2010:
VIN FILM PREVIEWS AT SALTBURN FOLK FESTIVAL


Over 100 attended the 'unofficial premiere' for 'Teesside Troubadour at this years Folk Festival in Saltburn. The film is 99.8% complete after an a frantic all night and no sleep edit session the night before. A folky dragon's den Q&A followed which was very interesting. Thanks to all who attended and took part and Maxine at the CIU for supporting the event. The FINAL CUT is on the way and will be launched officially as soon as all legal copyright issues are resolved.

Watch this space for details !

JULY 31st: ESTON MINERS & ME ON NATIONAL RADIO !
'REDCAR:MADE OF STEEL' a superb documentary on BBC RADIO 4 about the death of steel on Teesside and its history. The Eston miners speaking to the nation-you gotta love it!
Thanks to Felicity Finch & Lindsey Leonard at the BBC - top job!

 



LISTEN ON YOUTUBE IN 6 PARTS
CLICK LEFT


TO DOWNLOAD RADIO 4 PROGRAMME ... CLICK HERE

FOR 'CENTURY IN STONE' CLIPS
& HOW TO BUY DVD

CLICK HERE
26th JULY 2010: PANCRACK MUSIC EVENT PACKS EM IN !

Almost a full house at Saltburn Community Theatre - on a Monday night ! - saw American alternative folk roots star TIM ERIKSEN fresh from selling out The Sage in Gateshead. Tim's Saltburn debut was met with rapturous applause as he delivered a fascinating set of ancient American folk and his own contemporary material using a range of instruments - fiddle, banjo, guitar, jaw harp, bajo sexto and that inimitable voice. Great support too from The Horse Loom and didge-master (and ace photog) Kev Howard who left the audience stunned.

The next morning I shot a quick vid of Tim on Saltburn Pier before he left for Scotland. He was mightily impressed with Saltburn, the view, the venue and hopes to come back next time. Cheers Tim, it's a deal !

CHECK OUT HORSE LOOM & KEV HOWARD ON YOUTUBE CLICK HERE
Kev Howard (Pic:Pancrack)
The Horse Loom (Pic:Pancrack)
Thanks to all who came -great vibe in the house and a what a diverse crowd! Thanks to Philip Thomson and all the volunteers at Saltburn Community Arts Assoc; to Scabs and Niall for ace sound; to Saltburn Health Foods for selling tickets; to Kev Howard & Bob Mitchell of Profile Gallery for photos; to Lynne at Coastal View and Bob Fisher at BBC Tees for publicity & Thurstons Printers for help with posters and tickets.

PANCRACK ARCHIVE PICS FROM 1995-96 :
TIM ERIKSEN & band 'CORDELIA'S DAD' (clockwise) Harrogate, Penrith, Toronto, Byker, Sunderland & M'bro.

20th JULY 2010: ACIS SELECTED FOR BFI 'MEDIATHEQUE'
'A CENTURY IN STONE' has been selected by the British Film Institute for their new national 'Mediatheque' exhibition. Mediatheque is a 'digital jukebox' of film and TV. It features 100 of the best films from the North East as part of a 1,000 strong national collection. It is now open to the public at Newcastle's Discovery Museum, London's South Bank and other sites around the country. Big thanks to BFI & Dave Parsons at NRFTA.
"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it" Ernst Fischer
20th JULY 2010:
TEES VALLEY is NOT happening!
In a seismic shift, the Evening Gazette has dropped its support for Tees Valley with their 'Identity Crisis' campaign and public survey and the public have spoken !

Teesside got 50.7% of the vote, North Yorkshire 20.9%, Cleveland 12.9% and TEES V****Y a pitiful 3% !!!

After a decade of Tees Valley regeneration spin, hype and failure at spectacular cost, the Tees Valley project is dead in the water. So well done to the Gazette for seeing the light. The people have spoken! Welcome back to Teesside... here's to the new decade, a new age of spin,hype,new consultancy jobs, marketing jobs, logos, airport???
 1st JULY 2010:
THE MASK IS SLIPPING!
TEESSIDE IDENTITY CRISIS
IT'S OFFICIAL...finally !!!

The Evening Gazette has made it headline news at last
and with an OFFICIAL PUBLIC SURVEY
BUT WILL THE PUBLIC BE LISTENED TO ???

Regardless...
the very fact that this is now finally being offically debated is proof that the enforcement of the Tees Valley name over the last 10 years has FAILED; That questions are being asked what impact Tees Valley Regeneration and Tees Valley Unlimited have had is a watershed moment !

Despite all the hype, spin, hysteria and millions spent, the Tees Valley is apparently now facing really tough times and as usual the establishment hasn't a clue what to do about it. Mayor Mallon calls for 'Enterprise Zones'... didn't we have them in the 80s and 90s???

The Tees Valley facade is crumbling as Temenos the Tees Folly, a giant non-event, is unveiled at £2.7m...

The poignant last word I give to the TEESSIDE ROUBADOUR himself - as lifted from the forthcoming film...


JUNE 25th/26th 2010:
COUNCILS FAIL AGAIN TO
STOP PANCRACK FILMSHOW

Redcar & Cleveland Council and M'bro Council have again tried to thwart screenings of COATHAM-A COMMON CONCERN and LONGRIDGE-BULLDOZING DEMOCRACY. Like last year when the films were screened in Parliament, they again complained to the venue and again to no avail.

Absolute respect to ARC for standing up for free expression by fully backing the show and inviting both councils to come and take part in the Q & A. The councils didn't show but have again vindicated the very point of both films:
D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y !
A Cordial Invitation to REDCAR & CLEVELAND COUNCIL & MIDDLESBROUGH COUNCIL
to the screening of 'Coatham-A Common Concern' and 'Longridge Wood-Bulldozing Democracy'
plus discussion with campaigners at STOCKTON ARC, Friday June 25th 7.30pm
TICKETS: £5.50
Fri 25th & Sat 26th June 2010 PANCRACK FILMS SHOWN IN PARLIAMENT
DOUBLE BILL AT ARC!

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'COATHAM - A COMMON CONCERN'
'LONGRIDGE- BULLDOZING DEMOCRACY'

at
ARC CINEMA, STOCKTON

includes speakers from
Coatham & Longridge Wood Campaigns

TICKETS: £5.50 / £4.50 conc.

SCREENING EVENT:
. Marking the 160th Anniversary of
the Ironstone Discovery that made Teesside
The Great Ironopolis !

A CENTURY IN STONE
plus Q&A with Me

@
Stockton Central Library
Thurs June 24th, 2pm

Adm. £2.00


11th JUNE - SEPT 2010:


PROFILE GALLERY
Ruby Street, Saltburn
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An Insight To Transitional Teesside
TATA TO TEMENOS
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more details: www.profilegallery.co.uk
CULT AMERICAN SINGER TO PLAY SALTBURN!
Pancrack Promotions
proudly presents
TIM ERIKSEN
from Massachussetts
@
Saltburn Community Theatre
Mon 26th July 7.30pm

Known to many for his extensive contributions to
THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM “COLD MOUNTAIN”, multi-instrumentalist Tim has one of the most hair-raising voices in American music. He transforms American tradition with his northern roots sound, New England ballads and haunted originals.
I met Tim in Middlesbro in the 90s when he was touring with his seminal band Cordelia's Dad and I shot this video for them: click here to watch

plus
Newcastle's The Horse Loom
& Saltburn's Kev Howard

TICKETS NOW ON SALE !
Advance £8.00 from Saltburn Health Foods
Or £8.50 on the night


"Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble!"
TORONTO STAR
MAY 2010: VOLCANIC VIN RETURNS
After volcanic ash stranded Vin in Singapore on his return from his longest ever tour of Australia, he's now back and helping with the closing stages of 'Teesside Troubadour'. The film is packed with detail and will hopefully feature some superb archive footage from the early 70s that recently came to light.
The preview and talk at Teesside Archives on May 11th was well recieved by a capacity crowd with a further 50 wanting tickets. Many thanks to all who came and Dave from NRFTA for his excellent presentation.
MAY 2010: PAUL INGRAM RESPONDS
Paul Ingram from Artsbank has posted a response to my statement on Facebook and the Gazette forum.
It contains a raft of gross factual inaccuracies and outrageous and hysterical personal slights.
I stand by my statement.

TO THE ARTISTS EXHIBITING AT ARTSBANK
It was my dream for many years to see the very best of local talent exhibited under one roof and for the public to have the opportunity to see it. It is great to now see that a reality. I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to meet so many of you and I wish you all the very best of luck with your future projects and careers.

MANY THANKS BUT NO BOYCOTT !
Many thanks to all those who have expressed their support for me recently; and very special thanks to my loyal, true friends who helped me distribute my leaflet across Saltburn. Some have said they want to boycott ArtsBank but I say PLEASE DON'T for the sake of the artists and their fantastic work !


MAY 2010:
ARTSBANK-CIC IS DEAD


It has come to light that 'ArtsBank Community-Interest-Company',
the not-for-profit social enterprise of which I was a founding director,
no longer exists !

Three weeks after my involvement was ended, it was shut down.
A regular profit-making company called 'ArtsBank Art Services Ltd' replaced it on March 13th.

This hasn't to my knowledge been publicised by ArtsBank nor appeared in the local media but the small piece opposite did appear in regional magazine 'Business Quarter'.


1st APRIL 2010: ARTSBANK IS BORN !
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The BIGGEST and BEST collection of local art & photography
exhibited in the Teesside area EVER !
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Check out the stunning works of 80 Teesside & North East artists

at 29 Milton Street, Saltburn-By-The-Sea
BUT PANCRACK CINEMA IS ABORTED !

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Following a gross personal and political sell out by my former comrades six weeks before ArtsBank opened, I am no longer involved. The Pancrack Cinema was killed in the womb. 'A Century in Stone' will not be shown there nor will any Pancrack film. Apologies to those who have been to ArtsBank expecting to find me. You will find me at Pancrack HQ on the same street at No45 so drop by, say hello! If you have been told at ArtsBank like some have that I'm not involved because I am busy with my own projects it's not true.
You will find the truth below...
THE END OF ARTSBANK & ME
A STATEMENT
For a year, I evangelised the coming of ArtsBank to virtually everyone that I met and their dog.
It is amazing to now see such a fantastic space and a display of local talent on an unprecedented scale right here in Saltburn. With people now stopping me to congratulate me or tell me they are disappointed / puzzled that I am no longer involved, I will explain what happened...
 

My involvement with ArtsBank ended very suddenly 6 weeks before the place opened and ironically on the day 1600 steelworkers lost their jobs.

In February, as agreed, I was putting together the basement exhibition entitled ‘Death of Steel’. It was all about the demise of Corus and its history. I planned for various steel-making film loops to be projected onto 5 steel figures that we had bought along with sound effects, photos and artwork. With 2010 being the 160th anniversary of the iron-ore discovery, my film ‘A Century in Stone’ together with ‘Made in Teesside’ banner, as flown from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, was going to go in the ‘Pancrack Cinema’ (as it was then known) on the ground floor. But this wasn’t to be.


I was simultaneously working on a feature-length documentary shot around the world about one of the biggest folk stars in the world, Teesside’s own Vin Garbutt. This project preceded the Bank and its completion in 2009 was postponed because ArtsBank was more pressing. We planned to then premiere the film at the Bank in 2010 with Vin playing live. But this also wasn’t to be.

On the last day of the blast furnace (the actual ‘death of steel’) I was filming for the exhibition at the Corus gate when I recieved a call from Bryan. He launched into a sudden critique of me saying said that I didn’t work fast enough, that I was negative, nitpicky, a bad team player and then bizarrely he asked me to resign. I was dumbfounded. We had had barely had a cross word in a year and here I was being effectively sacked by mobile phone with no warning, no face-to-face meeting and certainly no directors’ board meeting. It was beyond belief and just didn’t make sense.


The Vin Garbutt film, a major piece of work, was on the way and ‘Death of Steel’ was going to be great. If attention to detail means negative and nitpicky then so be it. I wanted the best for the Bank. And although Paul and I had our disagreements as creative directors, I had split the difference of my salary with him for team spirit – something Bryan said he had never known in 40 years of business! And then the penny dropped.

Bryan accused me of still being involved in the Coatham campaign. (This was a campaign by Redcar residents against the Council selling off Majuba car park and public land to a housing developer. The Council had spent around £3m of taxpayers’ money trying to impose their dubious scheme and I made a film exposing it).

I had got the bullet just a couple of days after letting them know that a reporter from The Sun was coming up to do a story having seen the Coatham DVD. Why would this be a problem for Bryan? He had generously backed the film and Paul had been heavily involved in promoting it including trying to get it into the national press! Bryan had also stated several times that Coatham was part of what we were about and we would be making lots of statements; that we had first met at a Coatham screening; that he had put money into the DVD and that there would be no selling out

(cont'd opposite)

 

Sadly, this proved not to be the case and the email that followed confirmed it. He stated that due to my involvement in the campaign and The Sun investigation “any connection with that project (Coatham) is now not compatible in any way with what ArtsBank is doing. I therefore do not wish you to be involved in the Corus exhibition and we will in fact complete that ourselves”. A resignation form arrived in the post the next day. I could not believe it. After everything he had said and all that we had achieved, it was a sickening betrayal. They wouldn’t meet me, calls and emails went unanswered, and the work I had done for ‘Death of Steel’ wasn’t wanted.

The following week, I bumped into Council Chief Exec. Amanda Skelton at a function. She asked me if I was involved with ArtsBank and told me that she had had a meeting with Paul the day before and he had invited her for a tour of the Bank.

(Communication with the Council had opened back in November when Paul took it upon himself to invite the Council leaders to The Bank for a tour. This was just a couple of weeks after 1000s of Coatham dvds, heavily critical of the council leadership, had been given out). One wonders how a Council scandal exposed in a national tabloid by an ArtsBank director (me) in the week of the meeting with the Chief Exec. would have affected ArtsBank’s new relationship with the Council and chances of Council support???

As it transpired the journalist came, wrote the story but it never appeared. A week after that, with huge irony, came the Coatham campaign’s landmark victory over the Council in the Supreme Court - and that made national news!

On April 1st, I attended ArtsBank’s opening night as an un-resigned director of the company. The place and everyone there was because of my idea BUT I wasn’t invited and my family and friends had been struck off the invitation list.

I had been totally committed to ArtsBank and thought the world of Bryan. He said that I was vital to the project being so well known and respected in Saltburn and across Teesside; and even encouraged me on several occasions to run for MP from the Bank! But suddenly I was of “no use” and what I thought was a deeply-bonded friendship was just snuffed out.

For Saltburn, Teesside, the artists and the public I hope ArtsBank truly succeeds. It is utterly tragic though that the positive vibe that we built up over a year with everyone we met, ended up tainted with treachery and as a result has upset so many people including artists exhibiting there.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all those
who have voiced their support in recent weeks


TRUTH, JUSTICE & NO SELL OUT.

Craig Hornby

(above) THE SELL OUT EMAIL
(above) 'DEATH OF STEEL' NOT WANTED
FOR THE RECORD: HOW ARTSBANK STARTED
 
Media coverage of ArtsBank's opening has sparked some confusion about how the project started. Tyne Tees reported that ArtsBank was "the idea of Bryan Goodall" and the Evening Gazette (2/4/10) quoted Bryan Goodall as saying "I was looking to open a gallery / I’d been looking in the North Yorkshire area and then this building came along”.

FOR THE RECORD: The building "came along" because it was on my street. Bryan visited me several times and wanted to invest in cultural / political films about Teesside. He suggested we get premises to make the films and I put to him the concept of cinema/gallery/venue committed to Teesside's culture, talent, issues etc: He committed himself and his huge resources to make it possible. I recommended Paul Ingram who was working with me on the Longridge & Coatham campaigns to join us not long after.
In ArtsBank's exhibition booklet it states that "The founders of ArtsBank are ordinary people, driven only by a shared commitment to the cause, a passion for art and an equivalent passion for the North East. Exhibitions will demonstrate engagement with current issues and our shared heritage". Gosh it could be me talking BUT why are no names mentioned??? Is it because there would be one name glaringly and embarrassingly missing??? Obviously it appears I am being airbrushed from the ArtsBank story BUT the facts have long been in the public domain. See Evening Gazette 11th Nov 2009 and the April issue of North East Life Magazine (pic above) This was written just before I got the bullet and both were heavily lifted from our first press release of Nov 2009.
That's how ArtsBank started. End of.
THE DEREK SMITH COLLECTION
In January I got a call from Derek Smith, an award-winning filmmaker and photographer from Thornaby and now based in London. I worked with Derek on a film for Channel 4 almost 20 years ago. He was really supportive of my recent film work and the new ArtsBank project. I told him how great it was going to be and he offered me his collection of 1970s Teesside photos including negs for ArtsBank to keep! They were stored in Newcastle and all we had to do was go and get them. I invited Derek to come and do a talk / slideshow at ArtsBank. He was dead keen. A couple of weeks later, Bryan gave me the bulllet and then went to Newcastle with Paul and got the collection. You will find some of these currently on show in the 'Death Of Steel' exhibition at ArtsBank. Some are also featured in this short film about Derek, courtesy of Ron Taylor.
VIN GARBUTT FILM PREVIEW EVENT
at Teesside Archives, M'bro
Tues 11th May, 6pm


I am introducing a preview of my forthcoming film 'Teesside Troubadour' at the local history film night at Teesside Archives, Tues 11th May. The event also features a presentation by the Northern Film
& TV Archive. It begins at 6pm and runs until 8.30pm approx.
APRIL 2010:
'TEESSIDE TROUBADOUR'
Vin Garbutt Doco Preview


The definitive bio-doc on this legend of the international folk scene - Filmed on the road in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Europe, London, Belfast and Teesside !
To be launched at Saltburn Community Theatre this Summer followed by public screenings across Teesside including THE ARC in Stockton. TV slot but definitely on DVD for Xmas and with a whole load of extra features !
APRIL 2010
The tragedy of Corus has triggered renewed interest in
'A CENTURY IN STONE'

BBC RADIO 4 DOCUMENTARY
A 60 min. national special report about
THE DEATH OF TEESSIDE STEEL
featuring clips from ' A CENTURY IN STONE' and a new interview with me in California and on the hills
(Broadcast date TBC - will post details when i know)


SCREENING EVENT:
A CENTURY IN STONE
plus Q & A with Me

Marking the 160th Anniversary of The Ironstone
Discovery that made Teesside The Great Ironopolis !
at
Stockton Central Library
Thurs June 24th, 2pm


DVD BACK IN DEMAND

Sales are up both in the shops and online: WHSmith, Waterstones, Guisbro Bookshop and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum are all re-stocked !

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
5th MARCH - 5th JUNE 2010:
at
PROFILE GALLERY
Ruby Street, Saltburn
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A Major Exhibition By
Renowned New York Photographer
WEEGEE
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more details: www.profilegallery.co.uk
29 APR: COATHAM COMMON-A REGISTERED VILLAGE GREEN!
After 6 years it's official ! Now let's hope the council will talk to residents and come up with an imaginative scheme that will boost tourism and leisure in Coatham and not just cover this prime seafront site in houses.
3 MAR 2010: VICTORY FOR COATHAM !
SUPREME COURT RULES 5-0 IN FAVOUR OF THE FRIENDS OF COATHAM COMMON !
After 6 years of struggle against a hellbent and belligerent council, the people and common sense have won at last ! Redcar & Cleveland Council 's 'botched' housing development that has cost the tax payer around £4m is dead. The common is now a protected village green and the fences are coming down !
As Che said, 'HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE' - UNTIL THE FINAL VICTORY - Indeed !

THE FINAL CUT IS THE DEEPEST...
COATHAM - A COMMON CONCERN
THE FILM SHOWN IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND IN COATHAM CHURCH TO 600 PEOPLE !
WHICH THE LAST REDCAR MP
TRIED AND FAILED TO STOP!

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Congrats To The People of Coatham - No Sell out To The End !

FEB 19: REDCAR BLAST BLOWN OUT
Despite 10 months of hard fought campaigning by the workforce, the Corus blast furnace plant at Redcar has been blown out. 1,600 jobs have been lost and up to 10,000 are expected in its wake. As the last post was played at the gates, Lord Mandelson, Business Secretary, finally visited the site on the last day. Vera Baird MP with typical nerve claimed "Lord Mandelson finally has the bit between his teeth". Too late Vera. Labour let it die. The last furnace on the Tees now stands cold. A buyer for a plant that will need massive investment to re-open looks unlikely. 158 years of iron smelting, on a river that 150 years ago boasted over 100 furnaces, has come to a very probable end. (pic: final breath of the blast furnace during blowing down)
FEB 2010: ARTSBANK ON THE AIR !
BBC RADIO TEES Diane Youdale and Neil Green get a preview tour 7 weeks to grand opening
JAN 2010: A New Year For An Old Building !
ArtsBank is taking shape with loads going on behind closed doors on all five floors! Thanks ongoing to Glen and the crew battling the clock for the Easter opening. Check out the new logo above. The website is on its way. Thanks also to Saltburn historians Cath & Tony Lynn for these fab pics of the bank taken a century ago. For the record, the building was built in 1867 and was an ironmongers for the first couple of years. In 1870, 'The City and County Bank of York ' relocated to it from Dundas St. East. It was then a bank for 138 years, in recent decades under Midland and finally HSBC before closing two years ago.
JAN 18: COATHAM SUPREME

The FOCC have successfully petitioned the new Supreme Court to re-open the case of Coatham common becoming a protected village green after it was contentiously rejected a year ago at the High Court. The Council have claimed that the public historically deferred to golfers using the land when 2 holes of the local golf club occupied the site. They claim this negates the Friends' claim that the public had equal access. The Friends claim otherwise. A 20 year minimum of constant public use is needed to qualify for village green status and this land has been used for centuries! The hearing begins 18th Jan. Watch this (green) space !
JAN 14th 2010:
CORUS FLAME REKINDLED !
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Congratulations to all those involved in
getting the stay of execution for the blast furnace. Best of luck for the fight ahead
KEEP THAT BIG OLD FIRE BURNING !
JAN 14th: RANDOM PICS OF THE WEEK !
Behold Hotel Pankrac in the Pankrac district of Prague, Czech Republik. Sent in by Mr. V. Garbutt (pictured)

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