Organised in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts, BFMAF’s annual residency is an opportunity for an artist with a moving-image based practice to create a new work, which is then premiered at the Festival.

Applications are currently open for the 2018 Residency. A bursary of £7500 as well as private accommodation and studio space in Berwick-upon-Tweed are available. The outcome of the residency will be premiered at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival between 20th and 23rd September 2018.

Read more and submit an application at Curator Space.

The artists previously selected for the residency are:

  • Charlotte Prodger 2017
  • Lucy Parker 2016
  • Paul Rooney 2015
  • Katie Davies 2014
  • Cecilia Stenbom 2013
The residency in Berwick came at an ideal time for me, punctuating a longer research project. This time outside of my usual work environment enabled me to explore my interests in community dynamics in a different environment, I developed a stronger understanding of the political structures of a smaller town. I found the people in Berwick extremely welcoming, open and supportive. I spent time visiting a number of groups who would become part of the film I produced. Aside from developing the film it was great to spend time on the coast and visiting neighbouring areas as well as Edinburgh and Newcastle. The festival at the end of the residency was a great experience in sharing the film viewing experience of some incredible films with other film enthusiasts and people I had met in the town.

Lucy Parker

The residency is open to artists currently resident in the UK and Europe, or who have permission to work in the UK. Applications for the residency open in the Spring, and take place between April and October.

Artist in Residence 2017

Charlotte Prodger premiered LHB a new single-screen work for cinema, developed during her residency with BFMAF and Berwick Visual Arts at the 2017 Festival.

Her residency in Berwick-Upon-Tweed marked the beginning of an open-ended period of research into an idea of ‘queer rurality’; how queer lives are lived beyond the densely-populated urban contexts that generally dominate LBGTQI narratives, and what happens to the contingent coded signifiers of queer bodies within wildernesses.

Other pages in this section