Berwick Visual Arts announces Katie Davies as its new 'artist in residence'


Bristol based filmmaker is the town’s new artist in residence, in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are pleased to announce Katie Davies as their second artist in residence.

Bristol based Katie Davies is a video artist who explores the politics of spectatorship, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of time. Her recent projects include 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to research and film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone and The Separation Line, an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011, working alongside The Royal British Legion and Wootton Basset Town Council.

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s joint residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to respond to Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s theme for 2014 and to the town of Berwick itself.

In 2014 the Festival will once again take audiences on a journey, setting out to cross and transcend borders in all directions, exploring border identities all over the world. Berwick-upon-Tweed makes an ideal starting point: a border town in a region once known as ‘the debatable lands,’ with an identity neither English nor Scottish but all of its own.

Taking place in the same week as the historic Scottish independence referendum, and marking their tenth anniversary edition, the Festival will bring together independent film and artists’ video to explore boundaries – on the map and in the mind – and the spaces in between.

On appointment Katie said “I am extremely excited to be working with Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and to be based in Berwick-upon-Tweed. I know this will be a fantastic opportunity to work with and beyond political demarcations to get to the heart of what makes this area, place and people so culturally significant and historically important.”

Katie was selected by a panel consisting of artist Marcus Coates; James Lowther Head of Visual Art, Berwick Visual Arts; Melanie Iredale, Director, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Sam Peace, Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, Arts Council England from over 100 applications for the residency opportunity.

James Lowther, Head of Visual Art for Berwick Visual Arts said “We are really excited by the appointment of Katie Davies as our new artist-in-residence and her current area of research and practice will create a fascinating response to theme of this year’s Festival. With a record number of artists submitting applications, were also delighted to continue and develop our successful partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.”

Melanie Iredale, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival said “We’re really excited to welcome Katie to Berwick and to work with her on a project which responds to our theme of Border Crossing – already I can feel that the premiere of Katie’s work will be among the Festival’s highlights.

Jane Tarr, Director, North, Arts Council England commented “I’m delighted that Katie Davies is the latest artist to take up a Berwick Visual Arts residency in association with the Berwick Media Arts & Film Festival. Berwick has a long history of attracting talented artists, from across the country and from further field, to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the town and its surrounding area. The Berwick residency opportunity has proved to be an important stepping stone for many of those artists who have undertaken it and gone on to achieve national and international recognition.”

Katie will take up residency in the town from late March until September 2014.

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