Revealed: 2016 Exhibitions
As BFMAF 2016 draws ever closer, we reveal details about our exhibition programme
A major premiere and commission in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts is The Omniscient, by our 2016 Artist in Residence, Lucy Parker. Lucy has spent the past six months living in Berwick in order to create the work and we, as an organisation and the town as a whole, feel very lucky to have hosted her. The amount of friends she’s made, the activity she’s been involved with and the new people she’s introduced to BFMAF are testimony to the determination and effortless engagement that shines bright in her impressive roster of films. This major new commission will be no exception. Her new work, all filmed here in Northumberland, will be installed in the City Chambers.
Two additional venues have been added to our exhibitions programme from 2016, a very special one is St. Aidan's Peace Church in Berwick.
Hidden from street view, but marked by a small wooden sign, it's long been home to strong voices for social justice and environmental action in Berwick. You could easily miss this gem if you didn't know it was there.
Here we will exhibit The Watershed Extravaganza (pictured) by Sophie Michael, part of the Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and straight from her current exhibition at Tate Britain. This piece records a water-music-light attraction which has been in operation at Watermouth Castle in North Devon since the early 1980s, but which now is near-derelict.
Also new for 2016 is Xplore, supported by the Simpson's McCreath Trust, a family friendly pop-up cinema; where we repurpose a space on the main street in Berwick for children (under 11s) to drop-in for a series of screenings of animation films from Cinekid in Amsterdam. This is an informal space, and a little hustle and bustle is not only permitted, but positively encouraged. There will be pads and pens to scribble with and flick-books to make mini-versions of films from the big screen.