‘A Touch of Colour’ is a new film by Let’s Circus commissioned by Museum Northumberland. The film was made during summer 2020 when, during closure due to COVID-19, Woodhorn Museum opened its doors for a circus creative takeover.
2020 has been a very difficult year for most people. Like many other businesses and individuals, in March 2020 museums were closed and artists found themselves out of work. We had been planning a winter exhibition about geology, but in the midst of a global pandemic and national lockdown, our plan suddenly needed a rethink.
The title of the film, ‘A Touch of Colour’ is taken from a quote from pitman, painter and member of the Ashington Group of artists Jimmy Floyd, who described how:
“at one time I used to paint drab sorts of pictures, but now I like a bit colour, such as a fairground, or circus or something like that”.
Circus is a traditional artform enjoyed by the people of Northumberland for centuries. A much-anticipated day out, a chance to dream and escape their every day. Inside a big top tent the artists performed amazing feats, the seemingly impossible.
Much like a blank canvas for Jimmy, Let’s Circus created a moving picture inspired by the empty museum. They brought their ‘Woodhome’ to life in a new way for audiences to enjoy at home, taking you on a magical journey through the museum in new and surprising ways!
Now, more than ever, we are determined to bring people ‘A Touch of Colour’. Something different and unexpected, something that could help make people smile, laugh and maybe even ‘wow’ in these difficult days. And so, in summer Museums Northumberland handed Woodhorn’s keys to Let’s Circus who brought ‘A Touch of Colour’ back the closed museum to life!
We invite you to sit back, relax and experience Woodhorn Museum as never before. This wildly imaginative and playful film will appeal to all the family. But watch out, you might have a little jump as we venture down the mine.