Public Domain Arts & Media is a not-for-profit, community interest company, founded in 2017 that uses the tools of the arts and the media to encourage the development of active democratic citizenship and as tools of self-actualisation and self realisation for the disadvantaged and dispossessed.
Public Domain is currently involved in developing and managing a number of projects inculding:
- The Liberty Tree Education Project
- The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
- The People’s Arts & Media School
- The People’s History Hub
- Flipping The Script
Our work takes place in several distinct but related areas:
(i) Remedial Projects like Flipping The Script apply the tools of the arts and media in a therapeutic context to aid individuals achieve self realisation leading to self-actualisation.
(ii) Cultural Projects such as the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival celebrate the history and contemporary praxis of progressive arts & media.
All of our projects are guided by similar principles and we always aim to help participants…
- Form their own opinions and think for themselves
- Become informed about psychological, social and political issues that matter to them
- Understand their own individual psychological, social and political circumstances
- Appreciate their own talents and capabilities
- Develop their own ideas for positive, progressive, personal and social change and to help them develop the courage to act upon those ideas
- Effectively challenge injustice, inequality and discrimination
- Make a positive contribution to their world and to wider society
Founders Of Public Domain
Chris Jury is a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. He has written theatre plays, feature films and numerous episodes of TV shows such as Casualty, The Bill & Holby. He was Artistic Director of The Blockley Millennium Mystery Plays http://blockleymysteryplays.org.uk. He currently writes the political philosophy blog I Am Not A Number http://iamnotanumber.org.uk and presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme http://agitpopradio.org.uk
Kerry Irvine is an independent theatre producer. She has produced 18 theatre festivals and toured shows around the UK and Europe, working with over 200 theatre companies. She has worked across sectors in commercial and community theatre, recently producing Pictures of Life a musical community pageant event with partners Camden Council and London St Pancras for Sir David Attenborough’s charity Woodland Trust. She has been an associate to successful productions such as Churchill’s ‘Fen’ (FinboroughTheatre) as well as two Fringe First winning productions, ‘Crush ‘and ‘Mad about the Boy’, both toured nationally and received national acclaim.
Reuben Irving has worked as a freelance editor for over 10 years producing work for cinema, TV, web and mobile content, and live theatre/dance performance. His most recent project as editor was the feature film How To Be. He has always had an interest in experimenting with form, content and technology. Reuben was a Managing Director of Gorilla Cinema in Sheffield for five years. He was also an Associate Lecturer and ‘Enterprise Teaching Facilitator’ at Sheffield Hallam University. He has delivered courses for Sheffield Independent Film & Television and worked with Sheffield Arts Education developing curriculum design for schools across the city. He currently teaches at the University of Worcester specialising i production, sound recording, management of community arts projects.
John Newsinger is Professor of History at Bath Spa University. Before becoming an academic, he was a teacher at the Wreake Valley College, a secondary school in Leicestershire, for fourteen years. He has worked at Bath Spa University since 1992. He is the author of over forty articles and review articles in academic journals and of fifteen books. His books include Orwell’s Politics, British Counterinsurgency, Dangerous Men: The SAS and Popular Culture. Rebel City: Larkin, Connolly and the Dublin Labour Movement and Fighting Back: The American Working Class in the 1930s. He is joint editor of George Orwell Studies.