Remembrance of Things Passed

A collaboration between Indian filmmaker, Parul Punjabi and British artist, Sara Hayward, the film recreates the life of an Edwardian English family and the several secrets they held- relying heavily on the dreams and memories of the various characters, instead of a linear, narrative description of their lives. Set in the idyllic, quintessentially English Winterbourne House and Gardens and structured loosely as a meditative, mood-poem, the film seeks to capture both the exterior visible reality and the inner subtle reality of its characters.

Building on Proust’s famous quote, ‘Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were’, the filmmakers pay homage to the very idea of memory as they collectively remember the everyday life in the early 20th century. With no dialogue, the natural sounds and dreamlike imagery become crucial in evoking this memory of a bygone era.


Chickens & Cactae Day 3


water colour study from my sketch book

water colour study from my sketch book

February 4th 2013

Cold February day; started raining as I approached Winterbourne. Spent the morning putting on a base layer of oil onto eleven primed boards, each one a different tertiary colour, scratching through to reveal the first colour; a useful starting point. May try to use the tertiary colours found in arts and crafts design, for example, the mint and jade and raw umber colours of the vase downstairs. After a Ryvita lunch in the office I went outside sketching with coloured pencils from 3-4pm. Studied the chickens in their coop, a cactae in the cactus house, plus a pencil study of the house with its enormous arts and crafts gables. The walled garden brick work is the colour of blackcurrant and red clay. Heard the thwack of hockey ball on sticks and the call of crows trying to outdo one another. Managed to find myself locked in the garden but located a kind gardener who showed me the secret way back to the front door. Chatted to folk from Coleshill and Coventry. Heard, “Our Mum,” which took me back, and “innit,” which didn’t. 



water colour study from my sketch book

water colour study from my sketch book

January 24th 2013

Drove up to Winterbourne with a car load of stuff; canvases, easel, tubs of paint and primer, art materials and a few books to establish my new studio space. No recent snow fall so the journey was easy and we sailed through. A stream of students were just leaving as we arrived for the private view of the new upper rooms at Winterbourne: there’s an Edwardian nursery, Nina the teenage daughter’s room, the governess’ room, also a hobbies’ room leading onto my studio. The staff were racing around making final adjustments and then at 5.30pm the first of fifty arrived for the reception. I chatted to the editor of Birmingham’s Gem magazine, two of Winterbourne’s volunteers, a Birmingham Councillor, an ex KES headmaster and his wife, the marketing manager of the Barber Institute, and the new director of the B.I, Nicola Kalinsky. Alison Derby made a short speech to us all from the stairs and announced my position as artist in residence as from Monday. Paul enjoyed seeing the whole wonderful set up for the first time and said I’d have a great time. We’re ready for the off!