Berwick Artists' Moving Image Residency

Organised in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts, the 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.

2018: Lucy Clout

Lucy Clout presented a new body of work titled Solvent Magazine which includes sculptural and video pieces made during her six-month residency with BFMAF and Berwick Visual Arts.

A new film of the same title brought together research about the close readings of bodies. The work uses pleasure and ambiguity as tools to think about the contemporary production of knowledge, evidence and queer reproduction.

2017: Charlotte Prodger

In 2017 Charlotte Prodger developed LHB, a new single-screen work for cinema, made during her residency and premiered at BFMAF 2017.

Her residency in Berwick marked the beginning of an open-ended period of research into an idea of ‘queer rurality’; exploring 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.

2016: Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker developed a new film work for the 2016 Festival, Persuasion. Researched and shot in Berwick, Parker developed the film through meetings with activists and organisers within the community. Within the film, campaign strategies of canvasing, debate, open air speaking and direct action are voiced over a radio broadcast and activities are portrayed through documentation of a meeting to counter a far right demonstration and a staged occupation against cuts to public services.

Parker began her residency by researching characters depicted in 19th century novels for whom an unexplainable spiritual encounter challenges rational empiricism. This crisis is mapped onto a 21st century schism, where challenging the divisive structures of capitalism leads to punishment for those who ‘know too much’.

2015: Paul Rooney

During his residency in Berwick Paul Rooney produced a new film work Still at Large, installed at The Custom House during the 2015 Festival.

Still at Large is an encounter with Holy Island's real and fictional past, including a dreamlike encounter with the shooting of Roman Polanski’s Lindisfarne-set Cul-de-Sac. Nicholas Still presents an essay film about the island, but this is disrupted by a voice which describes a sinister fugitive immersed in the sea who seems to want to recreate the violent climactic scenes of Cul-de-Sac. Is the voice in Still's subconscious, or is it emanating from the landscape, or the sea? Or is it the voice of 'narrative' itself, submerging everything in its sadistic tide?

2014: Kate Davies

Kate Davies used the residency period in Berwick to research The Common Ridings. An ancient tradition designed to preserve boundaries. Davies filmed hundreds of personal stories of participants involved in this historical event and produced a new film The Lawes of the Marches which was displayed alongside previous works by the artist at Gymnasium Gallery.

2013: Cecilia Stenbom

Using the residency period to explore the boundaries between narrative fiction and experimental media, Cecilia Stenbom produced a new film work that was shot in and around Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Case reenacted transcribed recordings in which members of the general public in Berwick were invited to talk about their perception of crime, the potential for violence and popular crime drama.

The Case premiered at the 2013 edition of the festival.

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