Promonews - 15th Apr 2020

London-based production company COMPULSORY are launching an online curatorial space to celebrate creative work from the worlds of film, art, photography and music video. compulsory.gallery has been developed as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and from tomorrow (16th April) it will be a free-to-view space curated online by a influential talents that aims to keep audiences connected through creativity whilst most of the world stays at home.

Each day a guest curator is championing work they find most inspiring, contemporary or classical - but always personal to them. The schedule will also be supported by the team at COMPULSORY, a company that has prioritized the signing and nurturing of up-and-coming talent. With its constantly changing set of programmers, the curation will shift through genres, formats, mediums and styles, but the intention is to consistently promote COMPULSORY’s values of bringing art and entertainment to new audiences.

The programme will also lean towards cinema with curators from the traditional film industry and exhibition, collaborating with partners such as the Criterion Channel, Artificial Eye and the Warner Archive to bring short films and forgotten gems from some of the most revered talent in theatrical filmmaking.

“It's important that people feel connected and entertained, particularly with all the uncertainty that is happening around us," says COMPULSORY founding partner Chris Toumazou. "I want compulsory.gallery to be our safe space, a way that people can check in and fuel their creativity during this period of isolation but also beyond. We will be working with our partners and talented network to get work seen, promoting unsung voices and to challenge creativity at the core by inspiring others."

The space will be opened on Thursday 16th April by the artist Cakes Da Killa, and guest curators across the first fortnight include Philip Ilson, creative director of the London Short Film Festival, artists Jay Prince, My Panda Shall Fly, Bradley Zero of Rhythm Section, director Aoife McArdle, Vimeo’s head of curation Jeffery Bowers. 

I want compulsory.gallery to be our safe space, so people can check in and fuel their creativity during isolation, but also beyond.

The launch of this incentive is supported by Kodak and CHEAT who are the sponsors for the gallery’s first month. As key suppliers to the creative industries, both brands have helped to inspire an ambition to maintain exceptional levels of craft across many types of filmmaking.

"I’m excited to see this as a time for us to unite more closely with organisations and individuals and there hasn’t been a better time to band together," continues Toumazou. "In particular our launch sponsors Kodak, who have been an avid supporter of COMPULSORY allowing the talent we represent to keep shooting on film, and CHEAT who started their journey at a similar time to us and have an incredible passion for and commitment in working as a leading post production house.”

Toby Tomkins, MD and colourist at post production company CHEAT says: “I am delighted to announce our sponsorship of compulsory.gallery as a project which aligns perfectly with what CHEAT represents; bringing creative work that is inspiring, bold and original to the forefront - no matter the format or source. We are really excited to be part of something the industry needs right now, and I can’t wait to see what the amazing curators choose this month”

Sam Clark, senior sales director at Kodak shared the following statement: “I’m extremely excited to be sponsoring compulsory.gallery especially as a creative response through these times. It's a perfect way to celebrate and showcase the type of support Kodak encourages as we help to contribute to our incredible filmmaking community and industry. We are proud to see how film plays an important role in giving filmmakers and creatives freedom and options to tell their stories and we're here to stand by them.”

Tune in daily to ​www.compulsory.gallery​ see a programme of changing work with a schedule designed to battle the monotony of isolation. The programme will change at midnight, 1pm and 6pm and will show one piece of work at a time with a foreword written by it’s curator.

To submit projects or enquire about becoming a guest curator get in touch with ​stephanie@compulsoryviewing.co.uk

• Still from 'The Altman Apartment', courtesy of the Criterion Channel.

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