Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Berwick Visual Arts announce Lucy Parker as new Artist in Residence

11/03/2016

Berwick Film & Media Art Festival and Berwick Visual Arts are pleased to announce Lucy Parker as their new artist in residence.

Lucy Parker's research led practice adopts collaborative filmmaking methods when making work with a community. She is interested in ways that social networks give agency to individuals and how film can have a social impact in its production and screening.

Her films have been screened at locations in the UK including the ICA (London), Studio Voltaire (London), Milton Keynes Gallery, Café Oto (London), Outpost (Norwich), Leeds Film festival and internationally at the Cinematheque Quebecoise (Montreal), Paramount Centre (Boston), Anthology Film Archive (New York), Images Festival (Toronto) and Copenhagen Short Film Festival. Lucy also lectures in Filmmaking at Kingston University.

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s joint 2016 residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to focus intensively on a project for six months while responding to the 2016 festival theme of X.

Ripe for fresh interpretation X is about involving people and multiplying creative possibilities. The 24th letter in the Latin alphabet, X is at once loaded with meaning and on the other hand vacant for possibility. It’s a marker for place but also an independent and indefinable variable. It's the unknown quantity in risk and great art. Though sometimes a marker for censorship or exclusion, X is also film’s potential to express complex subjects in open and ambitious ways.

X for your vote, X for a kiss, X for mystery, X for talent, X marks this spot

The 12th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival takes place from Wednesday 21st - Sunday 25th September 2016

On appointment to the residency Lucy said, ‘I'm approaching the theme of X in two ways: as the axis on the graph that measures change and as in the X file: a file given minimal-priority status and concerned with unexplained phenomena. I'm very much looking forward to spend time in Berwick to develop this film with people in the town.’

Lucy was selected from over 70 applications for the residency opportunity by a panel consisting of artist Cecilia Stenbom; James Lowther Head of Visual Art, Berwick Visual Arts; Peter Taylor, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Laura Cresser, Relationship Manager, Combined Arts, Arts Council England.

James Lowther, Head of Visual Art for Berwick Visual Arts said, 'We are delighted to announce Lucy as our new artist in residence. We were impressed by her response to the theme of the residency and her intentions to explore this within the context of Berwick and look forward to welcoming her to Berwick later in the year.’

Peter Taylor, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival said, 'X – the Festival theme this year is really about getting involved, and selected from a diverse and brilliant range of artists and applications, we felt that Lucy Parker’s proposal was the one that would really do this. From working with blacklisted workers to recently presenting her work at the Scottish Parliament, Lucy makes films that catalyse people to express the things they’re passionate about. I’m very much looking forward to support the development of her work in Berwick.'

Jane Tarr, Director North, Arts Council England said, 'The six-month artist residency offered by Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts has a reputation for supporting inspiring, critically-engaged projects. It provides a valuable opportunity for an artist working in moving image to create ambitious new work. Lucy’s ideas for a response to the festival theme and the town itself were unique and very engaging – it will be exciting to see her project develop over the coming months.'

Lucy will take up residency in the town from May until September 2016.

 

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