Residency Opportunity for a Moving Image Artist


Residency Opportunity for a Moving Image Artist
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival teams up with the
first Berwick Visual Arts Residency

Straddling the border between England and Scotland, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is a truly international event, showcasing filmmakers and artists from both sides of the border, and this year welcomed 23 artists and filmmakers from as far as India and the USA as well as Spain, the Netherlands, and from across the UK.

Each year, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival transforms the small border town into one big cinema screen, and last month saw the 8th event truly surpass all expectations with audiences of 7,000, smashing all box office sales targets – a third more than was anticipated by organisers!

Following the success this, the Festival are delighted to be announcing their involvement with the first Berwick Visual Arts residency.

The residency offers the opportunity for a moving image artist to spend up to 6 months in Berwick-upon-Tweed, and to be part of the September 2013 Festival, with a wealth of unique heritage locations available to the artist to site their resulting work.

Each year the Festival’s programme responds to a different theme, and next year will explore the region’s historical, industrial and cultural links with Northern Europe through film and moving image art. Straddling the English-Scottish Border, the 2013 Festival will look North by Northeast, through Scotland, across to Nordic and Scandinavian countries, and over the North Sea that connects us.

Berwick-upon-Tweed has for many years supported professional artists through its International Gymnasium Residency programme managed by English Heritage and supported by Arts Council England. Previous residency artists include Marcus Coates, Mike Nelson, Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich, Annie Catrell and Marcus Taylor. Berwick Visual Arts an initiative of The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, which is an Arts Council national portfolio organisation, is committed to continuing that support.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an international celebration of the art of film, transforming the whole town through imaginatively curated and newly commissioned moving image work, across a number of locations around Berwick and along the town walls. The Festival has previously commissioned 17 new works, with artists as diverse as photographer Mishka Henner, video collage artist Vicki Bennett, and sound artist BJNilsen, and with new commissions going on to travel to the likes of Edinburgh International Film Festival, and to various galleries as far as Chonqing, China.

James Lowther, Head of Berwick Visual Arts says:
‘Berwick Visual Arts is proud to announce this great opportunity and pleased to be working in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival – we look forward to drawing on the festivals’ wealth of experience and knowledge in developing high quality visual arts programmes in Berwick to support our inaugural artist in residence’.

Melanie Iredale, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival says:
‘We were delighted to be asked to partner on Berwick Visual Arts’ first artist residency, and to be able to offer that artist a platform as part of the 2013 Festival. Berwick offers so many unique heritage locations from which an artist can draw inspiration, and can site their work, and we look forward to working with the successful applicant next year.’

The funding available for the Berwick Visual Arts residency is up to £12,000, with additional exhibition costs covered by the Festival. To download the application pack go to If you have any questions about the residency programme please email James Lowther, Head of Visual Art at

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd October 2012.


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