Window onto the world of Winsford

26 November 2019

Winsford town centre visitors will gradually begin noticing changes as work begins to regenerate it, and the latest development can be seen as soon as this month.
A new feature opening in Winsford Cross Shopping Centre on 29 November is sure to stop shoppers in their tracks.
One of the shop fronts will stand out among the rows of shops and offer something entirely different: it is becoming a community cinema, showing exclusive short films to anyone walking past.
The ‘cine-window Winsford’ is a new community space showing handmade and homemade films by artists, animators, students, community groups and amateur filmmakers.
It was devised and developed by artist Cath Campbell, who has been working in Winsford over the past year to explore ways in which cultural activity can be embedded in the redevelopment of the town centre. 

Cath said: “I make very low-fi films, and during my time in Winsford I decided to make a new film inspired by the salt mine. I then wanted to showcase my film alongside other local artistic talent, so we created an ‘open call’, ran animation workshops at the library and invited local primary school children to draw snowflakes.
“This then led to the transformation of one of the empty shops on Dingle Walk to create the ‘Cine-Window Winsford as a space to show these films. Two of the windows will also be a dedicated exhibition space for local artists and my hope is that once people see the space they will be inspired to be creative and get involved as the space develops in 2020.”
The Cine Window will be showing seven short films that celebrate Winsford including:
  • ‘White Gold’, an animation of snowflakes drawn by over 500 Winsford primary school children
  • ‘Fancy Feet’, by Fancy Feet Dance Academy, a celebration of places and spaces in Winsford that are good to dance in 
  • ‘Winsford Town Park’ by Winsford filmmaker, 32 Trolleys.
Cath has worked with Crosshatch Gallery, Cheshire Dance and Winsford Library to produce the films. The project is supported by Cheshire West and Cheshire and Winsford Town Council.
Lisa Harris, Director of Place Strategy at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “cine-window features special and personal films about Winsford – its people, places, history and much more.
“Our lead artist Cath Campbell sent out an open invitation to local artists, groups and budding film makers to send her their videos about Winsford, filmed on a device of their choice. She let their imaginations run riot and this unique show is the result. It is a chance for the creators to showcase their work to the public and to reflect life in Winsford.”
The Cine-Window shop space will also house the ‘Community Window’ – a space for exhibiting artwork by local artist, photographers and makers.
Catch the videos while you can, as the display will be running until January 2020.
The full list of the seven short films being shown:
  • A song for Lots Wife (2019), Cath Campbell
  • Fancy Feet (2019), Fancy Feet Theatrical Dance
  • Underpass,(2013) DMPC and Cheshire Dance
  • White Gold (2019), children from St Chads, Over Hall, Winsford High Street, St Johns. Willow Wood and Wharton Primary Schools.
  • Winsford Animation, (2019), made by children at Winsford Library, with Sheryl Jenkins
  • Winsford Streets (2010), 32 Trolleys
  • Winsford Town Park (2018), 32 Trolleys
For more information:
Cath Campbell at Cine-Window in Winsford Cross Shopping Centre 

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