Helen Cammock:Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks at Touchstones Rochdale

23 October 2021 - 13 February 2022

Helen Cammock's Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks is a new film and installation project that brings together residents and community groups of Rochdale, Greater Manchester to articulate both individual and collective experiences as a way of considering what it means to be part of a community.

Taking the Rochdale Principles of Co-operation established in 1844, as a point of departure, Cammock looks to reconnect with these ideas through dialogues with residents of Rochdale. The physical and historical landscape of Rochdale town and its surrounding areas form both the backdrop and foreground for the film. The work also traces the artist’s and participants’ encounters with objects drawn from the public art collection and archive at Touchstones, Rochdale’s public gallery and museum.

“The spaces we inhabit are different shapes to everyone. The comfort we enjoy is not the same from one community to the next - from one home to the next. But some strive more for a sense of collective parity. The Rochdale Principles embody this notion of a shared role, responsibility, and stake in what little or great opportunity and subsistence a community generates.” – Helen Cammock

Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks is co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Contemporary Art Society (with support from the Mbili Foundation) and The Photographers’ Gallery, in partnership with Touchstones Rochdale. Supported by Arts Council England.

25 October 2021