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'Primary Agents of a Social World', production still, Bevis Bowden, 2014 'Primary Agents of a Social World', Simon Pope. Production still, Bevis Bowden, 2014

Warp is working with artist Simon Pope in presenting a unique opportunity to attend a screening of his film Primary Agents of A Social World at the Big Pit Museum, Blaenavon.

Commissioned by the National Museum Wales, Primary Agents of a Social World is Simon Pope s film about coal and community in South Wales, touring to four key venues across the coalfield this September. In the film a group of people, related to a large coal sample from the National Museum Wales collection, take a bus journey that follows the coal seam from Blaenavon to the north of Cardiff, picking people up along the way, and eventually meeting the coal sample itself in the Museum stores. The resulting film asks whether new types of community can be formed by tracing connections between this specific coal specimen and those whose lives it may have transformed.

The vintage bus, featured in the film itself, is to depart from steps outside National Museum Wales in Cardiff at 12.15pm. Simon Pope will deliver an artist talk on the bus as it travels to Blaenavon. Upon arrival at Big Pit there will be time for a lunch break and look around (Big Pit National Museum is free). You may wish to bring a packed lunch or eat at the Museum cafe. At approximately 2:30pm the film will be screened, followed by open discussion with Simon and Dr. Martin O Neill from Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. The bus is scheduled to leave the Big Pit around 4pm.

Cost of a ticket includes a free limited edition (200) publication. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

Primary Agents of a Social World: Screening and artist talk with Simon Pope is on 26 September and will depart from National Museum Wales at 12.15pm

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