Accessibility Tools

Short film screening:
They obediently inhabit their built environment

Sat 31 Jul 18.00 FREE

Sat 31 Jul 18.00 BST

FREE, Booking essential

You're invited to watch a programme of artists’ and archive films selected by Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston as a study of the poetics of civic infrastructure, as part of Town Hall Meeting of the Air at BALTIC 39.

The screening will take place in the Project Space at BALTIC 39. The films will also be screened online, and available to view for 48 hours from Saturday 31 July 18.00.

Each film in this programme offers a different perspective on how the structures of civic life shape our everyday lives. Greenyer’s Architect’s Model of Town Hall (1968) presents an architect's model of Hove Town Hall as utopian vision, in contrast to Hughes’ 2008 oppressive survey of the British army communications installation at Black Mountain (Belfast), made during the disassembly of this state transmission site. Newrick’s Autonomous Grace (2018) and We Are Responsible by Law (1969) give alternate depictions of Newcastle City Council and George Kenyon’s 1967 modernist design for the city’s civic centre.

Tess Denman-Cleaver works across writing, performance and installation. She is the Producer of the Women Artists of the North East Library and Programme Producer at Tyneside Cinema. Kate Liston works with moving image, installation and writing that is sometimes performed. Kate also works as a lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University.

Film programme:

Architect’s Model of Town Hall, Jim Greenyer (1968)
The Listening Station, Allan Hughes (2008)
We Are Responsible By Law, John Irvin (1969)
Autonomous Grace, James Newrick (2018)


All of the films in the Town Hall Meeting of the Air events season will be subtitled in English, both online and in venue.

An Architect's Model of Hove Town Centre - Courtesy Screen Archive South East
We Are Responsible by Law - Courtesy North East Film Archive