Formed by directors Eileen Haring Woods and Michael Woods in 1996 our work has included originating and producing new arts and entertainment initiatives, cultural and business strategies for public and private spaces, new models of public engagement to inform policy and development, public space design and use, commercial design and promotions. Haring Woods has been commissioned by landmark venues, local authorities, property developers, Arts Council England, international brands, media groups and the UN Environment Programme.
Our current work and work in progress includes:
a study of HETEROTOPIA
There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places – places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society – which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality. Because these places are absolutely different from all the sites that they reflect and speak about, I shall call them, by way of contrast to utopias, heterotopias.
Michel Foucault. Of other spaces (1967)
February 18 – 22nd TIME and TIMELESSNESS
The next major venture in the Alive in the Universe enterprise is TIME and TIMELESSNESS, an interdisciplinary event exploring time and timelessness through arts, philosophy, religion and food. Curated by Caroline Wiseman in three of Aldeburgh, Suffolk’s best venues- Peter Pears Gallery, the Garage Gallery and the Lookout. Participants include broadcaster and writer Andrew Marr, philosopher AC Grayling, artists Sarah Lucas, Bill Jackson, Judy Goldhill, David Baldry and Sophie Mollins. Eileen premiered a new work in progress film, Heterotopia: operose. Eileen documented the presentations many of which will be available soon (April) on the Alive in the Universe website and/or youtube channel, and on this site.
The Shifter is a new illustrated children’s book by Michael Woods and writer Bob Cattell. Building on the success of their trickster tale book Reynard the Fox, Michael and Bob are finalising the text and images and on the hunt for an audacious publisher.
For more details of Michael’s most current work visit: michaelwoodsstudio.com
The Suffolk Shorts Film Festival is a new festival which is being developed to take place in Ipswich on October 9th, 10th & 11th 2020, providing the Covid 19 situation allows. Submissions opened in January. We believe that Short films are the future. Telling a story in a short film takes skill and determination, but it also frees you from the constraints and influences often associated with features or traditional commissioning. Shorts are not just practice runs, they are an art form in their own right. This means that we are looking for potential. We are looking for films that experiment, push boundaries, tell a story you haven’t heard before and do so in a way that captivates the audience. We are not just looking for highly polished, big budget productions, we want to celebrate all filmmakers, regardless of their access to resources. Eileen is on board as a producer, bringing her many years’ experience with the NY Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the Aldeburgh DocFest to support the Suffolk Shorts team.
Eileen is working with author Tom Corbett to produce and direct a film based on Tom’s poems about his family and childhood in Liverpool.
Poet Michael Laskey writes: Vividly recreating a harsh working class Liverpool childhood – alive with foghorns, the grind of cranes, terrifying damp cellars, Izal disinfectant, searchlights, air raid sirens, earthy Anderson shelters, pea soup and broken biscuits – Tom Corbett’s sharply focused poems ring painfully, tenderly true.
Halesworth Campus, in Halesworth, East Suffolk UK is an ambitious and far-sighted project designed to provide a hub for various activities related to health and wellbeing on one site, or ‘campus’, with easy access from the town and surrounding villages. The vision for this site includes an Arts Advisory Group, of which Eileen is a member. We wish to pursue the integration of art into the planning, development and the operations of the sport and leisure, health and social care, training and education facilities, along with the surrounding land and the residential developments. halesworthcampus.org