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Artists in Residence

A dog crosses the marshes.

How do artists live? Here, four films explore liveability and livelihoods across four decades. 

These films explore the multifarious means in which artists carve out a life for themselves in London, looking back to the 1950s all the way to the present day.

Artists Must Live is an early postwar record of the Arts Council mulling over the challenges of an artistic career in the 1950s; John Smith’s 1978 commission for Thames TV meets the residents of a new tower block in Hackney Marshes; the BBC Community Programme Unit profile the group of artists as they struggle to save their homes against rising property prices; and Emily Richardson returns to high-rise living after the millennium, encountering the everyday incidences of a tower block over several months in 2005.   

Total Runtime: 103 minutes


Cinema 2