The Artist’s Cut 2012 was a three month North East region pilot programme devised with the intention of supporting two artists working with moving image who wanted to develop the narrative facets of their work. The programme was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and delivered with support in-kind from Channel 4.

The initiative was an experiment in fostering a new breed of artist-filmmaker: capable of creating work with artistic integrity, subversiveness and experimentalism, yet conditioned by narrative strategies, such that it has the potential to attract new, commercial and larger audiences than the artists concerned would have enjoyed otherwise.

As per the original The Artist’s Cut remit we selected two artists – Ceclia Stenbom and Matt Stokes – who live and work in the North East region, have a strong track record within artist film and wanted to develop their knowledge of narrative storytelling techniques and the business of film as well as improving their technical craft skills.

We worked with our leading mentors, Kate Leys and Samm Haillay, to offer an industry-led programme of intensive and bespoke one-to-one support and training. Additional advice and support was provided by Susie Wright, Media Project Manager: Creative Diversity, Channel 4, and bespoke practical training by Meerkat Films (production) and Julie Harkin (casting).The initiative also engaged a wider audience of artists through a series of structured workshops.