City centre car park to close for a day for outdoor cinema screening

Clifford's Tower. Photograph: YorkMix
16 Jan 2020 @ 9.04 pm
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The area around Clifford’s Tower will be free from cars for a day as it hosts an outdoor cinema screening.

Part of the Castle Gateway consultation, the Eye Project is an exciting new short film made by the local community.

The screening will take place on Clifford’s Tower and has been created by four different local artists – recalling the history of the Castle Gateway area, while celebrating its future possibilities.


The Eye Project is overseen by Kaizen Arts and English Heritage and will be shown from Castle car park between 5.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday 25 January – as part of York Residents Festival.

Rebecca Carr from Kaizen Arts said:

  • 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.

Hundreds of young people

The Castle Gateway vision for the area around Clifford’s Tower
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.

It 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, executive member for culture, leisure and communities, said:

  • 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.