Talking West Cheshire

Habitats and Hillforts film to be shown as a part of Liverpool festival

3 September 2010

Images from the time-lapse filmA film Private Views Made Public by Patricia Mackinnon-Day, the artist in residence at Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Habitats and Hillforts project, is being shown at the Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art this month.

The time-lapse film will be showing from 17 to 19 September in The Crypt Hall, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, from 10am until 4pm daily. Lovingly filmed by internationally recognised artist Patricia Mackinnon-Day, the film focuses on the chain of six historically important Iron Age Hillforts that line the hill tops of Cheshire’s visually stunning Sandstone Ridge. The film shows an evolving landscape changing in front of your eyes.

The film was originally shown as part of the Chester Screen Deva festival and has also been seen at Chester's Grosvenor Museum.

Chester based artist, Patricia Mackinnon-Day, said: "Private Views Made Public was a challenging project accessing monumental Hillforts off the beaten track and setting up equipment in all kinds of weather throughout the year.

"The time-lapse cinematography produced high quality films that evoke for the viewer a contemplative sense of time and place.

"The diverse range of rural communities I came into contact with have inspired ideas for new work. I am currently researching the lives of women living and working in isolated areas."

Local Abbey Councillor, Cllr Jan Mashlan, added: "I hope this film encourages more people to come and see the stunning scenery for themselves whilst also exploring the Hillforts.

"We have to encourage our heritage in and around Cheshire which is one of the most beautiful counties in the country."

Habitats and Hillforts is a three year project aiming to conserve and enhance the string of six important Iron Age Hillforts along the sandstone ridge and their associated habitats. The involvement of local people in the project is key to its success and there will be lots of opportunities to get involved.

The scheme is supported by dedicated partners including Cheshire Community Action, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, National Trust, Woodland Trust, Cheshire Landscape Trust and private landowners as well as the Mersey Forest who are all committed to the overall success of the three year project.