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Source: City of York

Published Friday, 17th January 2020

A free outdoor film screening will take place on Clifford’s Tower on Saturday 25 January 2020. Part of the Castle Gateway consultation project, the Eye Project is an exciting new short film, made by the local community.

This film has been created by four different local artist remembers the history of the Castle Gateway area, whilst celebrating its future possibilities.

Artists, Rich Corrigan, Jade Blood, Julia Davis Nosko and Mat Lazenby worked with hundreds of York’s young people and InkBlot Films to explore the ways we can shape and influence the future of Castle Gateway through a major development of the site. The Eye Project is overseen by Kaizen Arts and English Heritage and will be shown from Castle car park between 17:30 – 20:30 on Saturday 25 January, as part of York Residents Festival. There will be an opportunity for the public to have a say about the future of area during the screening using #eyeprojectyork.

Andrea Selley, Historic Properties Director at English Heritage commented: “Any consultation process is interesting but this one has been particularly so – listening to the views that young people have about that the Castle Gateway space and seeing the passion and creativity of their ideas has been fascinating and insightful. Clifford’s Tower, centred so prominently in the city centre, is an apt place to project such a creative community-led project and we’re pleased that the tower has been part of this.”
“We aim to bring York residents into this conversation who wouldn’t usually engage in a traditional consultation. This project is presenting different way to share ideas, it creates another way to explore the place, while at the same time activating the site, and beginning to shape it into the place we might want it to be. People sometimes feel as if their voice isn’t heard, or their opinion is not valued, so we’re really excited to be part of a team that aims to change that.” Rebecca Carr from Kaizen Arts CIC

Eye Project is the third in a trio of art commissions to be presented as part of City of York Council’s consultation on Castle Gateway, using art to reference the past whilst looking to the future of the iconic city centre site.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Throughout the My Castle Gateway project we’ve looked to innovate and bring fresh ideas to capture the views of residents, businesses and visitors about how the area can be regenerated for the next generation.

“It’s fitting that the car park will be closed for the day to showcase these ideas from York’s young people, along with local artists, as one of the key features of the masterplan is to relocate Castle Car Park to St George’s Field with a new, purpose built multi-storey car park.

“I would urge people to come along and see the short film to discover the heritage behind the Castle Gateway site and the ambitious opportunities that lie ahead for the area.”

The project is funded through Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool, which allows local authorities to retain growth in business rates for local investment. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is also supported by City of York Council and York Mediale. Thanks also to the University of York Music Department, who have provided support for this project.
Castle car park, will be closed on 25 January for the event.

Getting around on residents weekend

With Park & Ride services running from six different sites around the city, it’s the low-cost, hasslefree way to travel into York city centre for Residents’ Weekend. Park free of charge in secure car parks, pay on the bus and relax! You don’t even need to have cash with you as all buses are equipped to take contactless payments. Fares are low, with up to three children aged 16 or under travelling free when accompanied by a paying adult and discounts available for regular Park & Ride users. There’s even a special residents weekend offer on all First York buses which can see up to five people travel for £5 per day. This offer is only available through the First mobile app – just search First York in your phone’s app store to find it. Services are frequent and all Park & Ride sites and buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with free WiFi.
For timetables and fares, visit: If you can’t park and ride, you can get more information about all your transport options at 

Blue badge parking will still be available outside the Hilton, and elsewhere across the city. Go to

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