Short Cut: Opportunity Listings in February 2020

Laida Lertxundi, 025 Sunset Red (2016). Courtesy the artist and LUX
Each month LUX Scotland shares opportunities for artists, filmmakers, curators, and other arts professionals working in the moving image sector. If you have an opportunity to share with us, please email scotland [at] lux​.org​.uk.

British School in Rome: Visual Arts Awards

Visual art awards at the BSR offer artists access to Rome and Italy as an exceptional repertory of the visual culture of the past, and encourage informed and innovative responses to that cultural heritage. They offer artists at different stages of their careers the superb opportunity to research and focus on their work away from normal pressures, and to use the BSR as a base to explore Rome and Italy.

Deadline: 21 February

Artist Commission, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University College London Hospitals is inviting expressions of interest from artists to create a site specific artwork celebrating the charity and the patients of Haematology Cancer Care, UCLH Charity. UCLH seek an art piece that reflects science, challenge, human endeavour and hope in a visually interesting and inspiring way. The piece could for example, reflect a sense of calm, care and commitment in order to reassure and inspire patients. It is envisaged that the commission will be permanent and site specific. The selected artist will be expected to deliver an artwork by 14th September 2020.

Deadline: 21 February

Call for Submissions: Platform 2020 at Edinburgh Art Festival

Applications are now open for Edinburgh Art Festival’s annual exhibition designed to provide a dedicated platform for artists at the beginning of their careers. Selected artists will each receive an exhibition fee, dedicated funds to support the realisation of their proposed project, an allowance to support individual mentoring, and will be supported by the festival team throughout the development of the exhibition.

Deadline: 22 February

Altering Perception: Call for Proposals for Public Exhibition at CCA

Altering Perception explores the concept of perception in its broadest cultural, philosophical and technological terms. Led by the School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow in partnership with the School of Physics & Astronomy, CCA and Deafblind Scotland, the project departs from audio-visual impairment – as experienced by Scotland’s D/​deaf and blind communities – to examine sense perception as our common ground for experiencing the world. The first stage of the project culminates in June 2020 with a public exhibition on perception hosted by the CCA. CCA are seeking proposals for creative responses to the project’s themes to be included in the exhibition alongside work directly informed by UofG’s ongoing research.

Deadline: 24 February

(In)security – Call for Artist Researchers

Eastside Projects are inviting applications from artists to work alongside academics from Humanities, Engineering and Social Sciences to develop projects that critically examine counter-terrorism security measures in Birmingham and experiment with alternative notions of safety.

Deadline: 25 February

Open Call: Projections – new performance or live events that respond to the context of the cinema, Tyneside Cinema

Six Projections events per year are selected from open calls. The twice-yearly Open Call asks for proposals from curators and artists to present new moving image programmes or create live work for the cinema space. Submissions are accepted for event and curatorial proposals.

Deadline: 28 February

Projects submissions for the 12th edition of FIDLab, International Film Festival Marseille

Projects submissions for the 12th edition of FIDLab are now open. All films projects at any stage of development and seeking financing and partners are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 1 March

Summer Residency Programme at Scottish Sculpture Workshop

Coming together on residency at SSW, artists live and work onsite and have daily access to facilities coupled with support from a technical and curatorial team. SSW aims to foster conditions for conversation, peer exchange and experimental making across a diverse range of processes and practices both those associated with contemporary sculpture and beyond.

Deadline: 2 March

Jerwood Bursaries

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to help you explore and develop your practice by enabling you to gain new skills and knowledge. Jerwood want you to have the opportunity to pursue your interests independently and on your own terms.

Deadline: 9 March

Call for applications: RAW Académie Session 9

RAW Académie is an experimental residential program for the research and study of artistic and curatorial practice and thought. The program usually takes place over seven weeks in Dakar. It is dedicated to a dynamic reflection on artistic research, curatorial practice and critical writing. The Académie is held during two distinct sessions per year; May-June and September-November. Session 9 will take place in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA), and will be led by artist, writer, filmmaker and activist Linda Goode Bryant. It will run from September 28 to November 13 2020.

Deadline: 15 March

Call for Entries: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

BFMAF’s 2020 Call for Entries is now open. Film entries of all lengths and formats are encouraged and will be considered across all areas of the programme. All selected artists and filmmakers will receive a screening fee, festival accommodation and a contribution towards travel costs. All single screen works under 60 minutes in length are eligible for the Berwick New Cinema Competition which has a £1,000 prize.

Deadline: 20 March

Funding: ScreenSkills bursaries

ScreenSkills bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to those looking to enter, progress in, return to, or transfer into the screen industries. You can apply for money to pay for most things that relate to training, work and work-related activities, including: training fees, accommodation, care, disability access costs, equipment, software, travel and (for people already working in the industry) driving lessons. But bursaries cannot pay fees relating to undergraduate or postgraduate study or things that should be paid for by an employer.

Deadline: rolling until 31 March 2020

MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image, Goldsmiths, London

This twelve-month, intensively taught practice-based Masters is aimed at artists and graduates working within the field of artists’ film and moving image who wish to develop their practice and professional networks with the support of Goldsmiths’ Art Department and its uniquely high concentration of accomplished artist filmmakers. The programme is centred on the individual experience and knowledge that each student brings, developing them as artists who want to innovate in the expanding field of moving image. Students are challenged to synthesise the knowledge and understanding gained from its bespoke curriculum linking practice, theory and professional development into a reflective, informed and decisive approach to the intellectual, aesthetic, social and technical processes necessary to bring their individual artistic project in moving image or related media from idea to realisation.

Deadline: April 2020

Jerwood New Work Fund

A fund for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations to undertake the research, development and creation of new work to enable a step-change in their practice and profile. The Jerwood New Work Fund provides funding for the research, development, creation, production and dissemination of new work, with a focus on developing artistic practice.

Deadline: 18 May

Rough Cut work-in-progress screenings, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

The Rough Cut is a free event for new work and work-in-progress by artists working with the moving image. For artists, The Rough Cut a useful way to share and get feedback on new work in a supportive and unthreatening environment. For everyone else, it’s a chance to see interesting new films. Each session takes place in the Digital Lounge at Tyneside Cinema, a relaxed and informal space on the second floor of the cinema, and is introduced and chaired by a different guest moderator.

Deadline: Rolling

Opportunity: FVU Chair of the Board of Trustees, London

Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) is a pioneering arts charity. For three decades, primarily under the leadership of Director Steven Bode, we have led the way in championing new creative talent and promoting innovative ideas by contemporary artists working with the moving image. Following the news that our current Chair, Eddie Berg, is stepping down this summer and moving to the US, the Board seeks an exceptional new Chair to work with the senior management team to support the organisation through its next phase of development and business planning for the next NPO period. With strong leadership skills, excellent networks across the creative industries and beyond and enthusiasm for artists working with film and digital media, the new Chair will work alongside a talented and committed group of Trustees with considerable experience and expertise across areas such as fundraising, PR, communications, film & tech.

Deadline: Applications are open and ongoing until FVU find a candidate.

Opportunity to take over Generator Projects with short term exhibition, Dundee

Take Over slots are an opportunity for Generator members to take charge of the galleries and stage short exhibitions and events. This is a chance to use the galleries without the usual rigmaroles of the curatorial process, just the thing if you need a public space to test an exhibition idea.

Deadline: rolling

The Journal of Embodied Research invites video article submissions

Journal of Embodied Research solicits video articles of between 10 and 20 minutes that document and share the results of research projects in which embodied practice is an essential part of the methodology. There are no annual deadlines and video articles are published on a rolling basis throughout the year. Informal inquiries to JER can be made by emailing the journal editor at any time. Formal submissions should be made electronically through this website.

Deadline: ongoing

Funding Opportunity: Film Hub Scotland: Pitch Pots

Pitch Pots are a simple way for you to access additional support to enhance new or existing one-off projects and screenings of independent British and specialised film. Film Hub Scotland will prioritise projects that promote diversity and increase inclusion, engage young people and/​or celebrate screen heritage. The ambition for the fund is that members will be able to create impactful, one-off events to enhance their programme, or to deliver special activities tied to local, Scotland and/​or UK events and initiatives. Support is available for projects taking place from April 2019 – March 2020. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.

Deadline: ongoing

MA Experimental Film, Kingston University, London

This course has been designed to offer a genuinely creative methodology and understanding of current and future potential for film experimentation in artists’ moving image. This places the programme at the forefront of postgraduate studies exploring moving image in its most creative form. The course offers a range of input from staff in filmmaking and will enable you to develop a major body of practical work created within the context of a critical understanding of contemporary experimental film theory. The curriculum offers three distinct areas of critical and practical inquiry options, supported by a specialised seminar/​lectures series: artists’ moving image; independent film; and the materiality of film. You will undertake self-initiated research supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research-active staff and will explore the critical and historical frameworks within which experimental film work can be understood and conceptualised.

Deadline: ongoing

MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins, London

And what insights can a study of artists’ moving image offer us for understanding the diverse practices that now fill art spaces internationally as well as in the UK? A unique association between LUX and Central Saint Martins has created a research-led Masters degree to address these questions. The course is focused on nurturing a discursive culture around moving image art which offers a number of unique features for students interested in studying and working in the field of artists’ moving image. MRes Art: Moving Image offers the opportunity of acquiring unique insight and depth into the subject of artists’ moving image culture, through lectures, seminars and screenings with acknowledged scholars, artists and specialists in the field. This course is part of the Art Programme. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time.

Deadline: ongoing

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

The Documentary Film Program’s (DFP) mandate is to focus on the values of Art, Reach, and Change. They accomplish these by encouraging experimentation and excellence in form, championing under-represented voices, and supporting the social and creative impact of this work upon release. Recently supported films include Always in Season, American Factory, The Edge of Democracy, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, and One Child Nation. Please note: DFP do not fund NGO, or educational films. DFP tend not to fund purely historical or biographical films unless they show clear contemporary relevance or innovation in form.

Deadline: rolling

British Council Film: Shorts Support Scheme

British Council Film is committed to showcasing new UK film talent to audiences around the world and has a long tradition of supporting new and emerging filmmaking talent. British Council Film’s Short Support Scheme exists to support UK-based filmmakers to show their work internationally.

Deadline: ongoing