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Factory Nights @ Martins The Printers, Spittal, Berwick Upon Tweed

rednile teamed up with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival to present this unique opportunity as part of the Festival Programme. Our busiest ever Factory Night involved 35 creative people from all over the North East taking part in a one off tour behind the scenes of Martins the Printers, by Managing Director Chris Hardie. Martins The Printers is an independent family owned book printers with a history dating back to 1892 operating out of a building that was originally an ironworks.

In the beginning, Martins was a general commercial printer with its own local newspaper “The Mercury” which was produced until 1945. In the 1950′s the company started to concentrate on its book publishing connections and has remained dedicated to book printing ever since. They produce books for both major International Publishers and smaller publishers including self publishers producing their first book. The Factory Night allowed people to see the skilled operation of machinery and equipment used in the printing and binding process and there was also a demonstration of hand binding.

This Factory Night was the second to take place in Berwick. In April 2010, Berwick Old Town Hall hosted a Factory Night and offered an amazing tour of their historic building including the prison cells and bell tower. As a result of the inspiring location and many creative ideas put forward from attendees, rednile collaborated with Berwick Film & Media Festival and commissioned artists Helen Edling and Sarah Tulloch to create Nine Hundred And Sixty Five Cubic Feet. This film uses the original graffiti on the Prison Cells walls as a starting point and is made up of several animations using a combination of drawing, collage and objects. The final animations will be exhibited in one of the Town Hall prison cells alongside the physical evidence of the artists’ activities and time-lapse footage recording their presence in the space. For more info go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/artist-trail

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the moving image, and returned to Berwick upon Tweed from 15-19 September 2010. The 2010 Festival proved to be the most successful to date. For details of films, events and the artist trail, go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com.

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