Berwick Film Festival residency

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Preparations are now underway to find a new Artist in Residence for the Berwick Film Festival.

After the recent announcement that the popular film event will return in 2016, the organisers are looking for someone to be a vocal ambassador for the project.

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film and Media 
Arts Festival’s joint residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to respond to Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival’s theme for next year and to the town of Berwick itself.

Artists are invited to live and work in Berwick-upon-Tweed for a six-month period and respond to what Berwick offers in terms of its unique history, coastal and border location, unusual spaces, archives and collections, social contexts and to work with its people.

The most recent resident artist was Paul Rooney. He worked in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts and premiered his work in the Custom House.

His commissioned piece Still at Large was shown as part of BFMAF 2015, and worked within the festival theme of Fact or Fiction, focusing on the history of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle mixed with its fictional past of Cul-de-Sac, a 1966 feature film by Roman Polanski, which was shot on the island.

The residency opportunity requires the applicant artist to have been out of college (BA graduate) for a minimum of three years and to be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their artistic practice and evidence a body of work and strong track record, through new work, projects, exhibitions, publishing, and/or commissions.

To enter and for further information, visit www.ber wickvisualarts.co.uk.

Entries close on Januray 18 and interviews will take place in February.

The residency will begin in April.

Festival director Peter Taylor said:“It’s a fantastic chance for an artist/filmmaker to live and work for six months in our beautiful, historic town, working closely with our organisations to develop and exhibit a new work.

“We look forward to submissions!”