DIY Approaches to Cameraless and 16mm Filmmaking | Workshop with Julia Parks

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15 July 2022
10am — 5pm

The Pier Arts Centre
Stromness, KW16 3AA
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A 16mm colour film still showing a close up of brown and orange seaweed spread across green bulbous sea plants.
Julia Parks, ‘Seaweed’, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Julia Parks will lead this cameraless filmmaking and 16mm filmmaking workshop at The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney. Participants will explore some DIY approaches to cameraless filmmaking techniques including using plants, mark making and found footage. The group will also be introduced to using a Bolex camera and shoot some 16mm film which will be developed following the workshop.

This workshop is aimed at artists who would like to learn more about working with film and cameraless filmmaking. Participants who took part in Margaret Salmon’s 2019 workshop are welcome to attend, but prior experience of working with 16mm film is not a requirement.

The workshop will be followed by an early evening screening of a selection of Julia Parks’s work (filmed on 16mm) at The Pier Arts Centre, details to follow.

We welcome expressions of interest to the workshop from artists based anywhere in Scotland. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required with a short expression of interest (no longer than 200 words) about why this workshop would be useful for your practice at this time. We welcome expressions of interest in other formats such as voice notes and video recordings (up to 2 minutes).

Expressions of interest must be received by 10am on 20 June, with notification by 5pm on 23 June 2022.

Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest is now past, and the workshop is fully booked.

Bursary Place

LUX Scotland is pleased to offer one bursary place for one artist based in Scotland to take part in the workshop. This will cover the costs of travel to and from Stromness and 2 nights accommodation. We welcome applications from artists based anywhere in Scotland. To apply, please indicate this in your expression of interest, with no more than a further 200 words.

Applications must be received by 10am on 20 June. The bursary holder will be notified by 5pm on 23 June 2022.


A small access fund is available for applicants.

Fund for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers

Support towards the cost of childcare, carers or support workers is available on a first come first served basis to support you to attend this workshop. We will pay you £15 per hour and the money will be paid directly into your bank account (alternative arrangements can be made if required). Please make your own arrangements as we are unable to book childcare, carers or support workers on your behalf.

To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form. We welcome applications in other formats such as voice notes and video recordings (up to 2 minutes).

For this workshop please be in touch by 1 July 2022, following the confirmation of participants on 23 June.

About Julia Parks

Julia’s practice encompasses film, animation and photography, often using a series of photographs and projected 16mm film. Through this medium, Julia explores the different relationships between landscape, industry, plants and people, often focusing on the west coast of Cumbria. Her films are created using an experimental documentary approach, often using 16mm film, archival footage, poetry and song.

Julia is currently taking part in a 6‑month residency with Alchemy Film & Arts as part of their The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil’ programme.

Margaret Tait

This workshop is part of a series of public events planned in Orkney to celebrate the installation and unveiling of a Historic Environment Scotland commemorative plaque celebrating filmmaker Margaret Tait and is the final event of the Margaret Tait 100 project.

Margaret Tait 100 was a year-long centenary celebration of the work of Scotland’s pioneering filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (1918 – 1999). The programme was a partnership between LUX Scotland, The University of Glasgow, The Pier Arts Centre and a number of event partners, supported by Creative Scotland. The programme launched in November 2018 on the occasion of Tait’s birthday, and included screenings, exhibitions, workshops, readings, new publishing, and commissioning opportunities for artists working with film and moving-image.

Find out more about Margaret Tait 100 on the project website.


The Pier Arts Centre, Historic Environment Scotland, the Pickaquoy Centre and The University of Glasgow, with support from Creative Scotland.

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