Trailer for 'Bideford Black: The Next Generation'

Film by Liberty Smith | 2015


Liberty spent a year documenting eight contemporary artists as they worked with the rare earth pigment, known as 'Bideford Black'. At the end of the year the half-hour documentary was screened alongside the final art works at The Burton Art Gallery & Museum in a major exhibition - to reveal insights into the often elusive artist process.


"I went through a second door and a film was about to start, so I took a seat. It was a documentary capturing the eight artists on their journey over the last twelve months, recording their feelings, responses and reasoning behind their pieces, plus their thoughts about this natural material that had become their new art medium. And it was fascinating. Suddenly the penny dropped and the clinical room of monochrome images made sense. It seems Bideford Black needs to be experienced and handled to really understand the material and that came across in the film."  Rachel Shilston, Inspiring Creativity