Production and Exhibition for Artist Filmmakers (18th Jan)

Posted on 5th December 2017
  • 18th January 2018
  • Doors 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Talk ends 8.30pm. Networking social will run until 9.30pm.

Cobalt Studios
10 Boyd Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Join artist film producer Kate Parker and producer/curator Adam Pugh for invaluable insights into producing and exhibiting artists’ moving image.

Drawing on her extensive experience of producing artist film and working with artists, Kate will shed light on the landscape of artist filmmaking today. Adam will share approaches he’s taken to exhibiting moving image work off-site and in non-cinema locations.

The discussion will be followed by a networking social, where you will have the chance to discuss the topics raised on an informal one-to-one basis.

Booking: Please note that places must be booked in advance; there will be no admission without prior registration. Booking closes at 12pm (midday) on 18th January. You may register for more than one place at a time but must provide accurate and complete registration information for any guests you register for. Incomplete registrations will be invalid.

About the speakers

Adam Pugh is a curator, writer and designer based in Norwich. Previously director of Aurora, an annual festival which focused on artists’ moving image, he has since worked on projects for the Independent Cinema Office, Barbican Art Gallery, Animate Projects, Outpost Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. He also established the curatorial platform Promontories as a means to present self-initiated projects, including the month-long ‘Invisible Fabrick’ in 2014.

As a writer, he has contributed regularly to Art Monthly, and has written for Tate, thisistomorrow and others, in addition to one-off commissions for artists and institutions. He devised and delivered a course at LUX about artists’ moving image and has taught, delivered talks and served on international juries for various institutions and events worldwide. Read more about Adam here.

Kate Parker is a producer who has specialised in Artists’ Film since 2008. She is director of City Projects, a non-profit organisation based in London, and also works as an independent producer.

City Projects is currently working with Lucy Parker on the film Blacklist, which looks at blacklisting in the construction industry. Working with construction workers and student lawyers it explores the role of education as a mobilising tool and the possibilities of law as a structure that can potentially protect human rights. In development since 2014, Blacklist is due for completion in 2018, and has been supported by over 75 trade union branches including Unite branches in Middlesbrough and includes contributions from Durham Teaching Assistant activists. An exhibition around the film will form part of AV Festival in Newcastle in March 2018, and the film will tour the UK in 2019.

City Projects is working with artist Dan Ward on a research project ,The Politics of Production, which will closely examine 60 films in order to evaluate the current conditions for production to establish if the development of experimental and radical practices is likely within them, or whether we should be developing new ways of working.

Previous films produced with City Projects include: The Empty Plan by Anja Kirschner & David Panos; Tenant by Grace Schwindt; Wordland by Phil Coy; Abyss by Knut Åsdam and Fulll Firearms by Emily Wardill. Projects have been made in partnership with Film London, Serpentine Gallery, Collective Gallery (Edinburgh), Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe, Germany), Filmhuset (Norway); Focal Point Gallery (Southend); Staatsgalerie (Stuttgart), Kunsthall Oslo and MuHKA (Antwerp).

As an independent producer Kate has produced films for Rosalind Nashashibi since 2012, including Electrical Gaza, commissioned by Imperial War Museum, and Vivian’s Garden, commissioned by Documenta 15, which are included in the Turner Prize 2017 . She produced the feature film Piercing Brightness (2013) with Shezad Dawood, which was commissioned by In Certain Places in Preston and distributed by Soda Pictures. She has also worked as Production Manager for Hito Steyerl, Margaret Salmon and Matthew Noel-Tod, among others.


This event is offered as part of Connect/Exchange, a nationwide programme of Exchange/Research/Networking residencies for UK-based artists with a screen-based practice. Led by Northern Film & Media in collaboration with Chapter (Cardiff), Metal (Liverpool), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art  + The NewBridge Project (NewcastleGateshead), and Stills (Edinburgh), the scheme enables artists to undertake initial research and development of a new work or project. Connect/Exchange is supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales. Read more about Connect/Exchange here


Image: Cecilia Stenbom, still from Connect/Exchange research project in partnership with Chapter. Edited for website.

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