One-to-One Sessions


All One-to-One Sessions will be held in The NewBridge Project in partnership with their Practice Makes Practice programme.    

These informal advisory sessions are aimed at developing a wide-ranging dialogue around your practice. They may involve any or all of the following areas:

- Looking at and discussing your work
- Advice on developing your practice and looking at other works that may be interesting in relation to this
- Advice on exhibition possibilities, appropriate organisations and events to approach
- Advice about promoting your work
- Funding advice
- Production advice

If you are interested in having a session with any of the practitioners please send:

- a brief description of your work
- why this session would be beneficial to your work 
- up to four images of your work
- which part of the North- East you are based

to:, deadlines will each be 2 weeks before the scheduled sessions

All that we ask in return is to fill out a short questionnaire to see how beneficial the session was and how it went


NFM are pleased to announce the practioners that are available for One-to-One Sessions:

Steven Bode, Director of Film & Video Umberella (FVU)

Sessions will be on 28th September with Steven Bode, Director of Film and Video Umbrella. In his twenty five years with the organisation, he has worked closely with many of the leading artists in the field of the moving-image, including internationally acclaimed figures such as Gillian Wearing, Jane & Louise Wilson, Mark Leckey and Isaac Julien.

Steven is also one of the prime movers in the Jerwood/FVU awards: an annual initiative for commissioning and supporting young, emerging talents. 

The deadline to apply for this session is: 14th September at 12pm

Image: Karen Kramer Still from The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land courtesy of the artist

Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists' Moving Image

Sessions will be held on the 17th November with Maggie, who heads up the artists' moving image department. It is dedicated to growing and developing this vital and vibrant area of work. She is responsible for overseeing the agency's commissioning of artists' moving image work and talent development. She also explores opportunities to support creative talent in the animation sector.

The deadline to apply for this session is: 3rd November at 12pm


Guy Sherwin, Artist

Sessions with Guy Sherwin will be held on the 16th December. Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s before becoming involved with the radical film practice of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative (now LUX) where he taught printing and processing during the mid-'70s. His films investigate fundamental qualities of cinema such as light, time and space, and often use serial forms or live elements to extend its possibilities. The unique, elusive qualities of analogue film are explored through experiments with sound, image and film in gallery exhibitions and live performance.

The deadline to apply for this session is: 7th December at 12pm

Image: Guy Sherwin BayBridge From Embarcadero courtesy of the artist

Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX

Sessions with Benjamin Cook will be held on TBC. LUX is an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it. LUX exists to provide access to, and develop audiences for, artists' moving image work; to provide professional development support for artists working with the moving image; and to contribute to and develop discourse around practice.

Benjamin Cook has been the Director of LUX since 2002 and has been professionally involved in independent film sector in the UK for the past 20 years as a curator, archivist, producer, writer and lecturer.

The deadline to apply for this session is: TBC

Image: LUX

Lindsay Seers, Artist

Sessions with Lindsay Seers will be held on 30th January. Seers works and lives in London and Sheerness-on-Sea. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she now works as a lecturer on MA Fine Art. 

What constitutes the artistic practice of Lindsay Seers is not mere storytelling, but a matrix where there is no formal separation between the conceptual investigation of the act of photography, the camera as apparatus, the common desire for film and photography to act as evidence of events, and the complex historical and personal synchronicities of events themselves.

The deadline to apply for this session has been extended to: 24th January 12pm

Image: Lindsay Seers still from Nowhere Less Now courtesy of the artist


We are able to make most of our events available at low or no cost because of the financial support which we receive from the European Regional Development Fund.

This funding comes through the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13, and is intended to help support the development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the creative industries in the North East of England.

However, it is awarded to us only if we can prove that we’re spending the money appropriately and hitting stringent targets for the number of SMEs we support. Our ability to go on offering low and no cost events therefore depends on being able to attract adequate numbers of North East based delegates who are employed by or own creative SMEs, or alternatively count as creative SMEs themselves.

So, while we are happy to welcome non-SME delegates as long as it doesn’t involve extra costs or block places that creative SME delegates would otherwise have taken, there will increasingly be circumstances when we have to restrict events access to creative SMEs or charge non-SME delegates the unsubsidised fee.


Following the definition used by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, the following count as creative industries: film, television, digital media, arts, animation, radio, music, fashion, design, publishing, advertising, cultural businesses and marketing communications.

Please note that for our purposes performers (e.g. actors and extras) do not count as creative businesses.

Under European law an SME must employ fewer than 250 staff, have a turnover of not more than €50 million and a balance sheet of not more than €43 million.

An SME may be a: Sole Trader, Freelancer, Limited Company, Community Interest Company, or Partnership.

Freelancers should ideally be registered with HMRC and submitting tax returns for their work in the creative industries. However it is recognised that those at the start of their careers may not yet be generating income and for this reason may not yet be registered with HMRC. In such instances we require a freelancer to confirm that on average they spend at least 21 hours per week working within the creative sector.

Please remember that you must also be based in the North East of England. This means that you must either be resident or have a registered address in one of the following counties: County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear.


  • In full time education (unless you have set up a company or are working as a professional freelancer while studying)
  • Working for large creative organisations above the SME thresholds, even if those companies are in the creative sector (e.g. broadcasters)
  • Retired and no longer working (please note that being past statutory retirement age or in receipt of a pension does not preclude you from counting as an SME if you are also working or running a company)
  • Someone for whom film and television are an amateur pursuit or hobby rather than a professional job (i.e. working under 21 hours per week and without the prospect of generating a profitable business)


If having read these notes you are still unsure which group you fall into please email Rupert Lee.