Mat Fleming Strip from 2 lakes 2011, Lighting Gels and recycled perforations

Image: Strip from 2 Swans (2011) by Mat Fleming courtesy of the artist

About Connect/Exchange

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.

Residencies for 2017 will take place in NewcastleGateshead, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Cardiff, offering a total of eight places across the host partnering venues. Each residency will take place in one of our partnering organisations.

We’re looking for ambitious, open minded and out-going artists who will benefit from the support and networking opportunities Connect/Exchange offers. Interested? For further information, see How to apply.

Artists will benefit from:

  • A two part residency: Part One is an orientation week providing time for initial introductions, networking with the host partner’s regional art scene and community, providing time for initial research and making appropriate connections for the development of the artist’s project. Part Two provides flexible access to host partner facilities over a two month period to undertake the research and development the artists propose.

  • Peer support: Each of our host partners will support two residencies. The selected artists will undertake their residencies simultaneously to ensure mutual support and artist-to-artist networking.

  • Public and audiences: Artists will share their practice, and development of their research project via regular blogs updates on the Connect/Exchange microsite and also to a public audience.

  • Long term impact and signposting: Host partners will arrange a flexible programme of support for artists including for example, meetings, studio visits, talks, discussions, regional networking and introductions to relevant industry and sector contacts. Artists will also be provided with signposting, guidance and support to distribute and exhibit projects post residency period.

  • National event: We’ll bring all artists and partners together in NewcastleGateshead to share their experiences and to meet key people in the North East art scene. This will be followed by a day of workshops and talks covering topics such as marketing, distribution and exhibition approaches and strategies specifically for artists working with moving image, also open to the wide North East arts community.

  • Wider benefits: Artists based in the host partner regions will also benefit from events and activates happening in Cardiff, Liverpool, NewcastleGateshead and Edinburgh through Connect/Exchange.

About Northern Film & Media

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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.

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