Following the success of the 8th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, we’re delighted to be announcing our 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 we seek to 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 Canada.
The funding available for the Berwick Visual Arts residency is up to £12,000, with additional exhibition costs covered by the Festival. For details of this new residency, go to http://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/bva.
The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd October 2012.