Work in Progress

a collaborative project by Esther Johnson and residents of Bolsover

Year: 2018–19

a ROLE to PLAY explores ideas and the realities of what ‘work’ means for the way we live today, engaging directly with the experiences of contemporary working lives.

Esther Johnson is working with Junction Arts and users, volunteers and staff of the Freedom Centre to look at the post-mining legacy of deindustrialisation in Bolsover, and the different experiences of work, lack of work, and unemployment across generations.


WORK is an ambitious and innovative two-year practice development programme  supporting animation and moving image artists to develop, produce and exhibit films in collaborative contexts. Initiated by Animate Projects and four other Midlands based organisations:
Junction Arts Chesterfield, Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts Thrapston, Vivid Projects, Birmingham and QUAD, Derby.

This project is supported by Arts Council England.