Paradise Circus

Videotheque offsite

23 June – 23 December 2021

“When you’re redeveloping a city, it shouldn’t be in the small print, ‘this is for men only, this is for the able bodied only “

We are delighted to share news that Heather Powell’s 1988 film Paradise Circus – made with the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop – features as part of the How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design exhibition at the Barbican which opened on 17 May and runs until 23 December. In the 1980s, the London-based feminist architects’ practice Matrix was one of the first worldwide to bring issues of gender centre-stage to the design of the built environment. Member Jos Boys took part in Heather’s film, and now we come full circle to see the work incorporated into the Matrix open archive installation.

A viewing copy of Paradise Circus is held in our video archive and local visitors may have caught a screening as part of our Paradise Remix programme in 2018. It’s a wonderful record of people, ideas and the city in the 1980′s.

Plus -  check out the participant list of Birmingham voices: Jude Bloomfield (Researcher), Lakhvia Chohan (UK Asian Woman’s Centre), Dick Knowles (Leader, Birmingham Council), Jos Boys (Architectural Researcher), Carol Stevens (artist), Chris Nichols & Anne Nichols (Residents of the Castle Vale estate), Lilian McVie & Doreen Brown (Users of the Sparkbrook Ashram Community Project), Evelyn Williams (artist), Jane White & Jeevan Singh & Vicki Oko-Osi (Broad Images Photography Group), Elsie Owusu (architect), Julmur Mukerji (Jagonari Asian Women’s Centre), Annie Thorne (Matrix architects), Pabi Das, Myfanwy Jones (artist), Sheila Button (Housing Director), Rhonda Wilson (photographer), UK Asian Women’s Centre.

More on the Matrix project can be found in a review by Oliver Wainwright for the Guardian here

Featured image is an installation view of Paradise Circus, at the Barbican exhibition by Matrix, ‘How We Live Now’.

Photograph © Thomas Adank

Installation view, Paradise Circus, at Barbican