10th Anniversary Screening of “Bending Space” Sun., Oct. 9th @ 8pm, Carolina Theatre of Durham

I’m very happy to celebrate Georges Rousse’s 2006 transformative public art project in Durham with a 10th Anniversary screening of Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project   on Sunday, October 9th @ 8pm at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.

Bending Space holds a special place in my filmmaking heart and in my ‘catalogue’ of artist docs. I like to say it’s aged like a fine wine. The film is a great snapshot of Downtown Durham just before the boom, a time when restaurants and bars were scarce and parking spaces plentiful. The film also captures an inspirational story about the power of public art and celebrates the creative process of visionary French photographer/installation artist Rousse.  A decade after Penelope Maunsell and I documented Rousse’s project and produced Bending Space, much has changed in Durham. The film is a catalyst for dialogue about the relationships and tensions between the arts and development in a rapidly changing urban landscape.

Tickets are $10.75 and available at the Carolina Theatre of Durham box office, 919.560.3030.

This special screening is presented by the CLICK! Photography Festival in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund.


Connecting the Arts with Disability Rights

Kenny has written a piece reflecting on his film “A New Kind of Listening” for the Spring 2014 edition of South Writ Large.

South Writ Large is a quarterly online magazine that explores the culture of the changing South through its literature, art, music, psychology, and social patterns. The magazine grew out of the Global South Working Group, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, beginning in 2007, authors, artists, psychoanalysts, historians, social scientists, documentarians, and other humanists have met regularly to share recent work and to discuss the dreams, history, symbols, art, music, migrations, transplants, and interactions that link the southern United States to the wider world.Polly and Chris Smiles GREAT copy

From the Spring edition….

“I am the captain of my soul.” ― William Ernest Henley
Confinement takes many forms, binding us physically, mentally, or emotionally. Our Spring 2014 issue looks at confinement in its broadest interpretation and examines the ways in which creative expression can open the door to healing or survival for some prisoners of the body or mind. We are inspired by the line above, from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus, reiterated by Nelson Mandela when describing his ability to grow into the fullness of his humanity while imprisoned. Contributors to this issue explore the interplay of creativity and confinement in their own lives through written and artistic forms of expression, testifying to the power of self-expression to flourish in even the harshest of conditions.

Screening and Artist Talk at Durham Arts Council Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014

We have a special screening of A Weaverly Path at the Durham Arts Council on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm as part of the landmark exhibit
“Silvia Heyden & Edith London: Together Again”. The evening begins at 7pm with an Artist Talk by Ms. Heyden. The free exhibit features 30 Heyden tapestries and 30 London paintings. This is a wonderful celebration of two Durham, NC powerhouse artists and is not to be missed. Runs through Feb. 28th.

Special Screening at Convergence 2012 in Long Beach, CA

A Weaverly Path will have its California premiere at Convergence 2012, the annual conference of the Handweavers Guild of America. The Conference will be held in Long Beach, California.The special screening is part of ‘Dinner and Movie’ on Friday, July 20 at 6:30pm. A Q&A with Silvia Heyden and Assistant Director Marybeth Dugan will follow the screening. For more info, visit the HGA Convergence website here.

DVD Release Fri., March 16th at Closing Reception of “Eno River Tapestries”

“A Weaverly Path” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray at the Closing Reception of “Eno River Tapestries” at the Bull City Arts Collaborative in Durham, NC on Friday, March 16th, 6-9pm.
The film will be available at the event and can be purchased at the film website as well. We will also have a limited number of DVD/Book bundles which includes a limited edition, autographed copy of Silivia Heyden’s, The Making of Modern Tapestry.

Eno Tapestries Exhibit at Bull City Arts Collaborative, Feb 8-March 31

A selection of Silvia’s Eno River Tapestries are on display at the Upfront Gallery at the Bull City Arts Collaborative in Durham, NC.

Eno River Tapestries: New Work by Silvia Heyden.
Feb. 8 – March 31, 2012. Opening Reception Feb 17th 6-9pm. DVD Release of “A Weaverly Path” coming in March.

At eighty-four years young, Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden continues to produce stunning, modernist tapestries inspired by nature, music and her Bauhaus influenced education. Heyden’s genius with color and form explodes in these tapestries inspired by the artist’s daily hikes along the Eno River.

Walking along the Eno River, I am fascinated watching basic tapestry patterns become fluid in the water. Weaving is an art form in which movement back and forth is a constant, and tapestry weaving adds one element onto another in an intricate process. The Eno River offers an amazing variety of dynamic forms and rhythms that are just waiting to be transformed into compositions. As I walk along the river, I visualize particular combinations of color and texture to bring my tapestries to life so they will continue to flow when hung on the wall. – Silvia Heyden