Cathy Rogers

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre
Bakers, Makers & Brewers Fair / Then and Now

Cathy Rogers is an artist who uses film and photography making work in the form of site-specific installations, screenings and interventions exploring visual representations of place, time, filmic and photographic materiality.

She has a BA in Design and Public Art from Chelsea College of Art (UAL) an MA in Artists’ Film, Video and Photography from University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone and has recently completed an MPhil at the Royal College of Art in experimental film.

Her commissioned work has included public interventions for British Waterways, North West London Hospital Arts Trust and an Arts Council Award for Art in Public Places (2004 – 2006) with her brother John Rogers.

Recent film installations and screenings include: Contact: Festival of New Experimental Film and Video (London 2016), ‘AssemblyA Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013’ (Tate Britain), Disruption (RCA Research Biennale, London), Here and Now (Horse Hospital), Nightworks (Testbed1), Living Film (No.w.here), Film|Performance|Space (Edinburgh) and Fieldwork II (London).

 

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White Mill Rural Heritage Centre

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre houses the White Mill, a smock mill located in Sandwich that was built in 1760 and restored between 1960 and 1981. Whilst not a working windmill, it is a rare survival of a complete milling site, retaining its original wooden machinery, outbuildings and a furnished miller’s cottage. The public is able to access the inside of the windmill and view displays of the agricultural machinery and other craft equipment, as well as seeing the wheelwright and blacksmith workshops.

Further information can be found at: http://www.whitemillheritagecentre.org.uk/

Associated Artist: Cathy Rogers

Associated Project: Bakers, Makers & Brewers Fair/ Then and Now

Bakers, Makers & Brewers Fair / Then and Now

White Mill was owned and run by the Stanley family between 1860 and 1957, it was a home and rural business producing flour and animal feed. When the Mill closed in 1957 it sat empty until the late 1970s when a young Millwright Vincent Pargetar rescued it and with a group of volunteers turned into a Rural Heritage Centre.

Inspired by a photograph of Gertrude Stanley, the Millers daughter who was born in 1908 I began to wonder what a young girls’ life must have been like when WW1 broke out and in turn became interested in the dual daily activities at the mill; the domestic and the rural industry. This led me to the Women’s Land Army Movement and the role that women played at home during the Great War. It became impossible to ignore the symmetries of the incredible volunteer effort during WW1 and that of the group of volunteers at White Mill who keep this wonderful rural heritage site open and functioning.

My response to White Mill was two-fold; an event celebrating the Artisan both then and now and a series of photographic portraits of the volunteers alongside images of Women at Work during WW1 to be installed in the museum.

From the beginning I wanted to draw out the relevance of the past to the present, to get the public to look again and trace an invisible line of time between daily life then, the products the Mill produced, the domestic activities that took place to how we use and value those today especially seen in the revival of artisan (made by hand) products. Drawing upon the domestic industries in use at White Mill at the beginning of the 20th Century (sewing, knitting, cooking, baking) and the industrial production of flour and grain I developed a Bakers, Makers and Brewers Fair linking the renewed interest in all things handmade to a time when it was a necessary part of everyday life. There was a baking competition and craft, cider and ale stalls alongside weaving, spinning, brewing, stitching, knitting, singing, blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations.

To celebrate the volunteer effort of the Women’s Land Army Movement which started in 1917 and the current work being carried out at the Mill, I took portraits of the volunteers performing their regular duties and paired them with selected images of Women at Work from the Imperial War Museum collection. These photographic pairings are now installed in White Mill Rural Heritage Museum.

Bakers Makers and Brewers Fair : Film by Cathy Rogers
Associated Artist: Cathy Rogers
Associated Museum: White Mill Rural Heritage Museum