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Still of the Golden Lane estate from Esther Johnson's film

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On Friday 23 January British artist Esther Johnson will be introducing showings of two of her films at the University of Central Lancaster in Preston. ‘The View from my Window tells me I’m Home’ (2012, 45′) is an observation, investigation and social record of the lives and thoughts of ten residents of the Golden Lane Estate, London. Built in the late 1950s by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, the Golden Lane estate exemplifies an utopian ideal of social housing; the film was made to mark its 50th anniversary. Johnson filmed it in 2010 while she was Artist-in-Residence for EXHIBIT Gallery Super Estates Foundation.

Alongside this she will show her short film ‘Elevation’, a unique portrait of Sheffield’s famous (or infamous) Park Hill estate, created during an eclipse period between clearance and reinvention. Commissioned by Art Sheffield for the Sheffield Pavilion 2009 and the 11th Istanbul Biennial.

For more information see or her page on the Sheffield Hallam website.

The event will take place in Lecture Theatre 4, Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE at 5pm on Friday 23rd January 2015.

Carol Hardie