York born and bred video production company InkBlot Films have come together with York treasure Fairfax House to bring a piece of the city’s heritage to life.
Inkblot, who started as a video agency in 2011, have worked on multiple heritage projects in York for clients including JORVIK Viking Centre and Visit York, which made them the first choice to create an audio-visual exhibition with England’s finest Georgian townhouse.
Fairfax House was once the city home of The Hon. Ann Fairfax and her father Viscount Fairfax and during its history has also been a cinema and dance hall. York Civic Trust saved the enchanting property and now it regales tourists and natives alike with tales of York’s Georgian past as a historic house museum.
The new exhibition, titled ‘If Walls Could Talk: The Forgotten Story of Ann Fairfax’, features portraits that come to life using tailored video and lighting provided by Inkblot Films and some of York’s finest acting and scripting talents.
Jay Sillence, director at Inkblot, says, “The brief was to create portraits that spoke to visitors to provide an engaging, immersive, and informative experience.
“It was important to accurately replicate the portraits’ original environment, which was an exciting challenge. Luckily, we had the brilliant setting of Fairfax House, as well as great local actors, which made it a joy.”
Rachel Wallis, assistant curator and collections manager at Fairfax House, said: “It was great to have our vision for this exhibition manifested. Having talent within the York community come together to complete the project made it extra special. We are so incredibly pleased with the outcome.”
The exhibition is on now at Fairfax House and continues to run until early November.