Cecilia Stenbom to give artist talk to launch her Berwick residency


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is delighted to be a partner on Berwick Visual Arts’ residency programme, who last week announced Cecilia Stenbom as its first artist in residence. The residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with the moving image to respond to Berwick-upon-Tweed and produce new work to be premiered during the international Festival in late September 2013.

Cecilia is originally from Sweden and has been based in Iceland, Finland and Scotland before moving to England in 2005. She works across a variety of media including film, video, installation, drawing and painting, is a member of AV-Arkki, Finland, and is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.

Her proposal was selected from one of 70 submitted to Berwick Visual Arts, shortlisted in partnership with the Festival and Arts Council England. Cecilia’s proposal, which takes its inspiration from British crime dramas and the Nordic Noir genre, will respond to the Festival’s 2013 theme, North by Northeast, which explores our region’s historical, cultural and trade links with our neighbours across the North Sea.

On her appointment Cecilia said, “I am really pleased to be selected and I am looking forward to making new work in an exciting location. Berwick is a rich environment to draw from that engages from both a political and physical landscape”.

Cecilia will speak about her practice to date as part of an artist talk produced by Berwick Visual Arts, in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The talk will take place at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema’s Henry Travers Studio on Thursday 10th January at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, and the talk is free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please contact The Maltings Box Office on 01289 330 999 or email boxoffice@maltingsberwick.co.uk to book your place. Refreshments will be served after the talk with an opportunity to meet Cecilia, and to ask questions.

The residency opportunity is supported by Arts Council England. Regional Director, Alison Clark-Jenkins, commented, “It’s been a pleasure to see Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival get bigger and better each year. Berwick Visual Arts has done a fantastic job of bringing interesting and exciting work to the Northumberland town, and announcing Cecilia Stenbom as their first artist in residence is great news. I hope this is a fruitful opportunity for Cecilia in developing her practice, and for the festival in producing new work in the region for 2013.”

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