Lemn Sissay

Film produced for art exhibition - Sparked

Two documentaries created for Lemn Sissay as part of the Sparked exhibition at View Tube next to the Olympic Park. Sparked is a series of exhibitions inspired by Art in the Park, the Olympic Delivery Authority programme of public art commissions in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Lemn Sissay (MBE) was the first poet commissioned by the ODA to write a poem inspired by the history of the Olympic Park. Entitled Spark Catchers, it delves into the incendiary time in 19th Century Britain when the first un-unionised workers went on strike against their poor and dangerous working conditions. The industrial action taken at the Bryant and May match factory, found on the edge of the Olympic Park, helped spark a social revolution changing working conditions across Britain

Sissay's Sparked exhibition, produced by a team from Jotta, celebrates this inspirational story and East London's rich heritage as it welcomes the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Alongside the exhibition two Family Days ran, facilitated by printmaker Yuen Ling Chi, photos can be seen here. The exhibition runs from 30 March - 16 May 2012 at View Tube

Two films were made for this exhibition, a short documentary accompanying the exhibition to explain the themes, and a second documentary about the print making family workshops which took place. Camera work by Dan Broom for the Family Day film.

April 2012