BL CK B X: 'All you need’s an excuse', London Community Video Archive

25 Sep 2019 – 2 Nov 2019

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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Travel Information

  • Buses: 143, 210, 271 (Waterlow Park Lauderdale House from Archway / Highgate Hill Hornsey Lane towards Archway) W5 (Cromwell Avenue) 214 (Ponds Square, then access Waterlow Park through Upper Swains Lane Gate) 4, C11 (Magdala Avenue, then walk up Dartmouth Park Hill)
  • Archway station (Northern Line) is a 10 minute walk away (via Highgate Hill)
  • Trains: Upper Holloway station is a 15 minute walk away
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'All You Need’s an Excuse’ is an exhibition by The London Community Video Archive (LCVA), an organisation that preserves and shares community videos made in the 1970s/80s in London. The exhibition comprises videos made in and around North London, ephemera and community events.


LUX has invited the LCVA to present videos from the archive selected by local community groups and campaigns. For community video projects, creating spaces where videos can be screened and the audience are able to share and reflect on their experiences is as integral to the process as making the video. The videos on show have been chosen by community and campaign groups local to LUX for their continuing relevance. 

The exhibition’s title “All You Need’s an Excuse” is the name of a film made by Liberation Films, a community film and video group that ran from 1969 to 1980 in North London. The film, made in 1972, follows the actions and impact of a community group based on the opposite side of Hampstead Heath to LUX. Exemplary of community video projects, the film functions as both a document of how the group worked together to clear and occupy unused private land for use as a safe play space, and as an invitation to its viewers to carry out similar projects. Similarly, it is the intention of the exhibition to create a space for action, reflection and discussion.

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