Collage Arts 30 years

Collage Arts 30 years… A Journey is a short film commissioned by Collage Arts to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

Made at the Chocolate Factory and by artists based at the Chocolate Factory.

“This filmic installation celebrates the wide artistic and cultural diversity in Chocolate Factory’s Collage Arts through soundscapes and footage of artists at work. 30 artists were filmed to celebrate 30 years of Collage Arts, juxtaposing abstract close-up shots of artists working, their machinery/tools creating in their studios with cut-aways of the studio vicinities and the buzz of the Wood Green’s Cultural Quarter.

These images are accompanied by an original soundtrack which combines sounds generated by the artists in making their art which are sampled to create drum tracks, sound effects and melodies. Sounds include the brushstrokes of paint brushes, the shaping of metal, the purr of sewing machines, camera clicks, sawing of wood and welding of steel. Layered on top of this are traditional instruments in combination with the sampled sounds creating a modern throbbing yet experimental and edgy soundtrack with abstract overtones.

This film gives viewers a glimpse of what goes on behind the closed doors of the studios at Chocolate Factory.
Some of the artists featured include Indian dancer Amina Khayyam, sculptor Stephen Gregory, sign-makers Goodwin & Goodwin, charity PramDepot, musician Xantone Blacq, and Mountview Theatre Academy.” – Oyvind Aamli

Filming and Editing by Suki Mok

Composition of soundtrack Oyvind Aamli

Musician Liz Chi Yen Liew

Share your comments and meet Collage Arts and the Chocolate Factory artists at the N22 Open Studios 2015 on 14-15 November 2015