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Eelyn Lee Selected to Lead Artists' Forum

Peckham Platform

Eelyn Lee has been selected by Artquest to put together a group of artists working at the forefront of social and collaborative practice to form a PEER FORUM. Between February and July 2016 the group will meet once a month at Peckham Platform to reflect on each other's work and exchange ideas around process driven arts practice.

With 20 years experience of collaborative working in a range of settings Eelyn has brought together a dynamic group of artists all of whom make work through varying degrees of social engagement. Over the six months they will explore how artists engage with community, histories and place and the politics that create the contexts for these.

In light of Assemble’s recent win of the Turner Prize they we will aim to take an overview of the history of community arts practice with an eye on how it could develop in the future.

Follow their discussions and find out about the artists taking part on their blog, Collaborative Arts Practice.

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Applications for BFI Film Academy Now Open

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Eelyn Lee will be overseeing the delivery of the Barbican BFI Film Academy for the second year running. Eelyn has developed a creative approach to devising 90 second micro shorts with compelling narratives. Working alongside long-term collaborator, Winstan Whitter, Eelyn will guide students through a fast-track, hands-on introduction to filmmaking.

If you are aged 15-19 and would like to take part in this 12-week course, apply through the Barbican's website to sign-up for the taster session on Sat 4th October.    

BFI Film Academy at the Barbican

Since October last year Eelyn has been running the BFI Film Academy at the Barbican Centre, training aspiring 16-19 year old filmmakers. The course has attracted some highly motivated and talented young people from across London.

Eelyn has worked closely with the Creative Learning department at the Barbican to design an exciting, fast track introduction to the film production process. We have been looking at British films including Kes and The Third Man to inspire ideas for 90 second micro shorts. The four films written and produced by the students will be screened at the Barbican in March and submitted to film festivals internationally.

Eelyn has been working alongside her long-term collaborators, cinematographer Winstan Whitter and editor Francis Morgan-Giles to deliver the programme.

Image: Production Still from 'The Feral Man' courtesy of Ben Grady, student on the course

Delivering the Barbican Film Box

We are happy to be working with the Barbican Centre in delivering their first ever Barbican Film Box, an exciting self-contained filmmaking resource for teachers. Filmmakers from Eelyn Lee Productions recently ran two intensive, hands-on training days for 10 of the teaching staff who will be rolling out film projects in their schools.

After making three short films in only two days we look forward to seeing what their students produce later this year.

Interviewing Song Dong at The Barbican


Today we worked with a team of young people on filming a short video clip about 'Waste Not', an impressive art installation by Chinese artist Song Dong which opens at The Barbican this week. We managed to secure an interview slot at the busy press preview this morning in which we gleaned a personal insight in to the piece which is inspired by loss and family grief. 

The shoot was part of a 4-day induction project, the first in a series of participation projects for young people wanting to join the Barbican's Young Filmmakers, a group we have been commissioned to set-up. 

BFI Film Academy at the Barbican 2015/16

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For the third year running Eelyn Lee will be delivering the BFI Film Academy at the Barbican. Eelyn has designed a creative approach to guiding 15-19 year old filmmakers through a collaborative process to make micro shorts inspired by seminal British films.

To coincide with the 2016 commemorations marking 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare this year we will be making two short Shakespeare-inspired films.

Watch one of last year's films inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window here.


Eelyn Lee Commissioned by National Portrait Gallery

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Artist Eelyn Lee and a group of students from Brentside High School in Ealing are to create a film installation inspired by famous figures from the local area to go on display in the National Portrait Gallery this summer. The Year 10 GCSE Art students are to work with artist filmmaker Eelyn Lee and National Portrait Gallery staff in a series of workshops that will explore portraits in the Gallery’s Collection of inspirational people from the young people’s local area. 

‘It's a great opportunity to be working with the National Portrait Gallery and its incredible collection. As an east Londoner, I am looking forward to discovering this west London borough through the achievements of its people, especially with young people as my guides.’ Eelyn Lee

Through the workshops, the young people and Eelyn will research the lives and achievements of thirty influential figures, including Charlie Chaplin, Ada Lovelace and Gurinder Chadha, all of whom have links with the borough of Ealing as well as portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection. The finished film installation will be created by Eelyn and the students in response to the research, and will explore the themes of vision, creativity and endeavour. The film will go on public display alongside the portraits that inspired it for three months from June 2014.

The initiative forms the second part of a four-year participatory arts project, Creative Connections, which is led by the National Portrait Gallery’s Learning department and is designed to extend the Gallery’s work engaging young people with portraiture.

Follow the project on Tumblr and on Facebook

Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.

Second Year of the Barbican Film Box

Barbican Box

Eelyn Lee will be working with the Barbican Centre for the second year running in designing and delivering their Barbican Box for filmmaking.

Inspired by the Barbican’s world class arts programme, the Barbican Box is, literally, a portable box filled with the ‘ingredients’ for making and creating either theatre or film.

Created in collaboration with artists, the Boxes contain a range of stimuli designed to encourage an imaginative, adventurous approach to arts learning and are accompanied by a bespoke package of learning resources for each art form.

'The films the AS class made turned out to be excellent, and the majority of the students scored really high grades.'
Alex, Skinners Academy


Watch an Interview with Artist Song Dong

The film about Song Dong's 'Waste Not' made by the Barbican Young Filmmakers is now available to watch online. Commissioned by the Barbican and Guildhall we have designed and delivered a series of projects for this new group of young filmmakers. We are enjoying working with a creative and talented group of young Londoners in the inspiring environment of the Barbican building.

If you haven't seen it yet, you have until 12th June to see Song Dong's powerful installation in The Curve Gallery at the Barbican Centre. Wet your appetite by watching an intimate interview with the artist below


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