Artist In Residence: Southbank Centre

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In summer 2015, I was invited to be one of the artists in residence at the Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love. As part of my residency I created the Big Wedding Makeathon – a narrative led craft experience for families.

The audience met two eccentric characters named Bernard (Barry McStay) and Beatrice (Emma MacLennan) who, due to circumstances well within their control, had ended up camping in the foyer of the Southbank Centre.

Remarkably, the couple were close personal friends of every single couple getting married at the Big Wedding Weekend. However, every time the duo received a wedding invitation they had put their clock back to ensure they were not late for the big day. Due to the sheer volume of invites, Bernard and Beatrice ended up at the venue a whole month early. The wonderful people at the Southbank Centre allowed the couple to camp in their front of house, where they proceeded to enlist visitors in creating gifts and decorations for the big day.

Credit: Writer / Director