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As part of DAO's Diverse Perspectives programme, funded by Arts Council England, film-maker Dolly Sen
was commissioned to produce a short documentary exploring the relationship Portugal Prints has with the Royal Academy of Arts
film 'Greenhouse of Hearts' was commissioned to highlight the amazing, inspired, dynamic work that this small project is producing, looking at the model of practice that has been developed between Royal Academy of Arts
and Portugal Prints
says: "We are in a time of cuts in arts, and I wanted to show what society and the arts gain from a project like Portugal Prints, and what it would lose if it were to disappear.
The experience of being filmed by Dolly Sen
was very good, especially as she
was so unobtrusive with the camera, in fact she
was so discreet with it that it was possible to forget the filming and it just felt like chatting to Dolly
I'm generally a nervous person but my confidence levels have risen since I've been at Portugal Prints
and when Dolly
came into the studio and asked who would like to be involved - I thought 'why not have a go'.
made me feel welcome and put me in a very nice place.
I felt at my ease with her
questions about what did I think of as the heart of Portugal Prints
my heart was twitching with emotion - that was when we were filming in the corridor gallery.
I would like to thank Dolly
and Portugal Prints
for the opportunity as the project has made me feel stronger and more positive about myself.
24 July 2013
When I heard that Kate had suggested that Dolly
might consider making a film about PPs partnership with the RA I was very intrigued but slightly wary too I must admit.
I hadn't seen Dolly's work before and wasn't at all sure how the project would take shape but from the first meeting it was clear that it would be an entirely good experience.
The way she
introduced the group to the brief and encouraged them to put forward their ideas was inspiring - there was a real sense that she
wanted it to be our film too not something imposed on the us from outside.
came to film at PP Dolly made everyone feel very comfortable, effortlessly working round whatever activities were going on in the studio.
Last month when Dolly
sent me the link to the finished film I watched it straight away and it made me cry - she
had captured the essence of the project and our partnership with the RA so perfectly, distilling it into a very poignant and moving (but also at times wonderfully funny) story - which is just what it is of course.
- your film moved me to tears.