‘(Pub)lic House’

Phoebe and Roger Wagner
August 19, 2023
 to March 30, 2024

Free & open to all

Pubs across Croydon have been boarded up, abandoned and left to be empty. Phoebe remembers growing up in them. Roger (her Dad) remembers playing music in them since the early 90s. Together they go on a pub crawl across Croydon asking 3 questions: “What happened in these pubs, what are they now and what could they become?”.


 

The film was compiled through interviews and workshops, see their exploration of the music, stories and sounds that populate(d) these pubs.

 

This film premiered at a screening and manifesto workshop. With beer and chats after, we created a manifesto zine to establish our hopes for our local to hold the council accountable. This will be sent to council members, landlords and key influencers in the legacy of these buildings, with hopes to make them (pub)lic houses again.

 

‘(Pub)lic House’ was one of the artist projects within Turf Projects’ latest commission series Desire Paths, as part of This Is Croydon, London Borough of Culture 2023. 

 

 

 

HOW PEOPLE GOT INVOLVED

Paid Opportunity – Be part of verbatim-poetry short film (Pub)lic House

 

  • Did you go to a pub in Croydon that is now empty?
  • Do you not like going to the pub in Croydon?
  • Are you interested in shaping what this space could be in the future?

We’re looking for people living/working/connected to Croydon who have experiences of or opinions on empty pubs in Croydon. This includes The Leslie Arms, The Windmill, The Lion Inn, The Drum & Monkey and The Glamorgan (previously The Horse & Groom). This film will premiere at a screening and manifesto workshop on the 25th Nov 2023. With beer and chats after, we’ll create a manifesto zine to establish our hopes for our local to hold the council accountable. This will be sent to council members, landlords and key influencers in the legacy of these buildings, with hopes to make them (pub)lic houses again.

Participants were asked to fill in this Google Form or email iwenttothispub@gmail.com to get in touch to tell us about their connection to empty pubs.

 

the title for (pub)lic house. an image of the glamorgan pub can be seen behing the title text

Related events:

Beers, collage + zine-making at the pub. Audio recorded for short poetry film '(Pub)lic House'.
Our free feedback sessions are a chance to get feedback on your work from a practicing artist in a supportive and friendly environment.
A film about empty pubs in Croydon, made of interviews edited into poems, maps into animations and words written by the community.
A film screening takeover celebrating Croydon pub culture.
A short film installation of (Pub)lic House, free to watch in pubs and spaces across Croydon
A final call to give your orders to pub influencers in Croydon.
Pubs across Croydon have been boarded up, abandoned and left to be empty. Phoebe remembers growing up in them.
Pubs across Croydon have been boarded up, abandoned and left to be empty. Phoebe remembers growing up in them.
Pubs across Croydon have been boarded up, abandoned and left to be empty. Phoebe remembers growing up in them.
Pubs across Croydon have been boarded up, abandoned and left to be empty. Phoebe remembers growing up in them.

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