Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and the North East Photography Network join forces to launch a call for proposals for a new artist commission

22/03/2012

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and the North East Photography Network join forces to launch a call for proposals for a new artist commission

Together with the North East Photography Network, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival today launches its call for proposals for a new commission as part of the 2012 Festival.

The two have joined in partnership for this year to celebrate the Festival’s 2012 theme ‘Pictures In Motion,’ which explores the relationship between the still and the moving image.

The commissioning team involves Director Melanie Iredale and Chair Huw Davies from the Festival, and Amanda Ritson, Project Manager from NEPN, and Marjolaine Ryley, Visual Artist and Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland, together with Sam Peace, Relationship Manager for the Visual Arts from the Arts Council North East, who will work together for the first time to select an ambitious projection to screen in Berwick-upon-Tweed, 19th – 23rd September 2012.

Together, they expect to receive proposals from artists based regionally, across the UK and all over the World who are working across moving image and photography, or who have moved from one practice to the other, while the new commission will explore the overlapping terrains of moving and still images.

Both organisations have a history of commissioning emerging and established artists, regionally, nationally and internationally. In recent years, the Festival has commissioned the likes of Walker & Bromwich from Berwick, Vicki Bennet from London and BJNilsen from Berlin.

NEPN meanwhile have recently commissioned artists Stuart Whipps and Sarah Pickering (in collaboration with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Locus+ respectively) and in the past have commissioned artists such as Clare Strand, Tomoko Yoneda and Jem Southam through the University of Sunderland’s photographic research department.

Festival Director Melanie Iredale said today “Our commissions have often been the highlights of the Festival, so we’re thrilled to be collaborating on one for September’s event with the North East Photography Network. With the theme this year focusing on the relationship between the still and the moving image, they seemed like natural partners, and we’re really looking forward to working with them on selecting a new work to bring to Berwick.

Using Berwick itself as a screen, the Festival programme will once again illuminate the whole town, with locations across Berwick-upon-Tweed and along the Town Walls, attracting audiences from the North East & Scottish Borders and across the UK.

The commission will be supported equally by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, through support from Arts Council England, and by the North East Photography Network through support from the University of Sunderland.

The selected proposal will be awarded £2,500 to cover artist fees and all production costs. In addition, the AV equipment needed to exhibit the work will be provided, as will technical help with install, and accommodation for the artist during the Festival.

Arabella Plouviez from the North East Photography Network said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.  NEPN was established to create more opportunities for visual artists to make exciting new work across the field of photography. We look forward to seeing the work produced at the Festival.

Proposals must be completed by 10th May, and submitted using the online form at: http://www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/commissions

Meanwhile, the Festival is also still accepting moving image submissions until 29th June, with an ‘Early Bird’ deadline of 2nd April, http://www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/submit-your-film


 

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