Image: Strip from 2 Swans (2011) by Mat Fleming courtesy of the artist
Connect/Exchange is a national residency scheme for UK-based artists with a screen-based practice. Conceived and developed by Northern Film & Media, artists are supported with the initial research & development of a new project via a two-part residency, together with associated professional networking and events.
Through open call, we’ve selected ambitious and out-going early and mid-career artists who are open to testing out and sharing new and early-stage ideas. Selected artists have proposed exciting projects which will allow them to benefit from the career development support and networking opportunities Connect/Exchange offers.
Artists will undertake residencies with a specific host partner, and will embed themselves into the artistic communities of their host city. They’ll be introduced to key people and organisations in their host city and benefit from bespoke support and networking. They’ll be paid a fee and supported to develop a timeframe to complete their project post-residency.
Associated events will take place with all host partners across the duration of the residencies. We’ll also bring all artists together to NewcasteGateshead for events focusing on artist moving image production, distribution and exhibition, which will also be open to the wider artistic community.
Please note, application for Connect/Exchange have now closed. Find out about the selected artists here
About Northern Film & Media
Northern Film & Media (NFM) is a digital and screen-based media and culture development agency committed to driving film, TV, digital arts and artist moving image projects. We understand the importance of screen-based media both in terms of the creativity it entails and the economic value it brings to the UK. By running a dynamic programme of events, projects, talent development initiatives and an award winning production service from our base at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, we aim to bring investment into the UK and North East region, whilst creating a screen culture economy where creativity can thrive.
For 12 years the organisation has commissioned, developed and produced over 150 short and feature length films. Commissions have been nominated for BAFTAs, and have won awards at key festivals including Venice, Edinburgh, BIFA, Hamburg and Berlin. For eight years NFM managed the regional UKFC digital shorts strand and the £2.4million North East Creative Content Fund.
Since 2002 we have managed multiple complex film and arts talent programmes, supported by a range of established organisations. Schemes have included FILM4WARD, an innovative writer/director talent incubation programme in partnership with Film Four; and Space Invasion, a large-scale multi-stranded project with Generator for ACE/BBC's The Space. Our strategic partnership with BALTIC enabled us to co-produce a series of 10 Random Acts for Channel 4, in addition to running The Artists Cut, our unique film commission and development programme designed to nurture bold new voices in narrative film. We developed Painting in Perpetual Motion: Art, Film, TV & David Lynch, a programme of NE region-wide activity in collaboration with mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) coinciding with their David Lynch Naming exhibition; we have presented the work of numerous artists with a moving image practice through our Film Club screenings with Q&As including Naheed Raza, Kathryn Elkin, Larissa Sansour, Margaret Salmond, Emily Richardson, Rachael Maclean and Stephen Sutcliffe. We also produced the Tiger Award winning commission and exhibition of Ben Russell’s Greetings to the Ancestors in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.