Tally Ho: A Place to Meet was a local heritage project for young people and community groups. The project took place in Autumn 2014 and was part of artsdepot's 10th birthday celebrations. Participants explored the history of artsdepot and Tally Ho Corner, bringing their findings to life through theatre, a documentary film, visual art and a heritage exhibition.
Working with a professional director, local people aged 13 - 100 created theatrical performances exploring the history of artsdepot's site and Tally Ho Corner, with scenes and characters inspired by the days of the Gaumont Cinema (1937 - 1987) and Tally Ho! Coach Company (early 19th century). These were performed at artsdepot's Fun Palace Birthday Bonanza on Sat 4 Oct 2014.
artsdepot commissioned local artist Jacky Oliver to create a new piece of work for the venue. The artwork takes inspiration from the photos held by the Museum of London of the ornate Portland stone bas-relief carving, created by Newbury A. Trent, which was part of the Gaumont Cinema. This was displayed as part of the Tally Ho! A Place to Meet exhibition and can now be seen in artsdepot's Box Office foyer.
Using photographs and artefacts donated by the local community, along with oral history recordings, this exhibition took visitors on a journey exploring the history the artsdepot site, with special highlights from the Tally Ho Coach company and Gaumont Cinema eras. The exhibition was on display on artsdepot's Foyer Exhibition Wall in October 2014.
Local filmmaker Sarah Mace worked with young people to create a film documenting the project. Click on the videos tab to watch the documentary.
This project was supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.