One of the cornerstones of the highly successful IF : Milton Keynes International Festival, for whom we are proud to be official documenting photographers, is its close partnership-working with artists and the local business community.
One such project for IF : 2016 was Green Chapel, sponsored and built by landscape builders Bridgman & Bridgman, which has won the People’s Choice Award in the Green Roof Beauty photography Contest. Run by CEEweb for Biodiversity, a network lobbying for sustainable development, it beat entries across Central and Eastern Europe.
The pop-up timber-framed “shed”, placed in Centre:MK’s Queen’s Court, used reclaimed materials and had the feel of a mini cathedral with beautiful stained-glass windows and a vaulted ceiling but most importantly a green living roof of natural grasses and wild flowers.
Built in collaboration with IF:2014 Artist In Residence Rosemary Lee, it was designed to hold a travelling cinema installation known as Liquid Gold Is The Air a 2015 film presentation drawn from the 2014 live performance Under The Vaulted Sky. This was a moving dance piece set in Milton Keynes’s Cathedral of Trees, a green space planted to represent the layout of Norwich Cathedral and which featured local dancers, including Mrs Bridgman! So lots of interesting parallels.
Green Chapel was subsequently donated to a local Urban Farm as a teaching room after its role at IF:2016 was complete.
Congratulations to Bridgman and Bridgman on entering this image – here are some more of our official images from the Green Chapel.