Opening Scene: Four strangers meet at a housing demo. Along the route they talk about resisting being moved out of their neighbourhoods to make way for overpriced luxury apartments, fighting for safer housing while waiting on corrupt councils to decide their fates, challenging rent increases from sub standard private landlords and the dangers of damp overcrowded, temporary flats.
A Bedroom for Everyone is an exhibition comprising a newly-commissioned animation by filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall, stemming from a long-term body of work that asks what the role of filmmaking is in response to the current housing crisis in the UK. The project explores the power of grassroots activism and organising in the face of this ongoing emergency; whilst making space for the camaraderie that unfolds in the community centres and meeting halls where this work takes place.
Following time spent with housing and migrant-support groups from Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall has collaborated with members of these groups to co-write the script for this new animation, illustrated by lead artist Sofia Niazi and animated by Astrid Goldsmith.
A Bedroom for Everyone was commissioned by Grand Union where it is on show from 15th September until 9th December 2023. At Devonshire Collective, this exhibition will connect to the locality of Eastbourne and the South Coast in order to facilitate further dialogue and action inspired by the film. A Bedroom for Everyone will additionally show at Peer, London, from 9 February 2024.
Generously supported by Oak Foundation, Arts Council England, Serpentine Galleries, Art Fund and University of Birmingham.
Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker and researcher working with archival materials and methodologies drawn from community video. He collaborates with groups to explore under-represented historical moments and their relationship to contemporary life, developing modes of self-representation specific to the subject or the experiences of the participants. He is a co-founder of The London Community Video Archive and is currently writing a book with the title BFI Screen Stories: The Story of Video Activism. Previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom Gallery (2015), Focal Point (2018), South London Gallery (2019). Group Exhibitions include MK Gallery (2019), Invisible Dust (2019) and Brent Biennial (2022).