Arts Council England chief Darren Henley visits Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

23/09/2016

Arts Council England chief Darren Henley visits Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival welcomes Darren Henley to the town and it’s 12th Festival, as the Chief Executive of the Arts Council tours the region’s cultural organisations

Artist and filmmaker, Lucy Parker has lived and worked in Berwick-upon-Tweed for the past six months as part of an annual artist-in-residency scheme run by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Berwick Visual Arts. This Friday 23rd September, she will screen her new work, Persuasion, filmed in the town and starring members of community as extras, at Berwick Town Hall. The prestigious event is open to all, but organisers are expecting a large crowd as the work will be introduced by Darren Henley, the Chief Executive of Arts Council England. Arts Council England fund a number of Berwick cultural organisations through their national portfolio programme, including Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings Theatre and Cinema.

Peter Taylor, Festival Director said, “We’re delighted and honoured to welcome Darren to our 2016 Festival, it’s Art Council England’s 70th birthday this year, and as National Portfolio Organisations, BFMAF and Berwick Visual Arts bear strong testament to the multiplying effects of their support.”

“On which note, we’re excited too that Darren will join us for a celebration of Lucy Parker’s new work, Persuasion, which she filmed right here and Berwick. As our 2016 Artist in Residence, Lucy Parker’s six months here have been vital and engaged ones. We 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 us to are testimony to the determination and effortless engagement that shines bright in her impressive roster of films. This major new commission is no exception. Her new work, all filmed here in Northumberland, will be installed in Berwick Town Hall, Council Chamber.”

“It’s important that we, as a Festival, continue to enrich and contribute to the local community and with the continued support of Arts Council England, we’re looking forward to doing just that.”

Lucy Parker’s exhibition is open from 11am on Thursday 22nd September, with the evening event and introduction from Darren Henley taking place from 5:30pm on Friday 23rd September.