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In Residence: Young UK artist filmmakers in Sardinia

Date posted: 14.02.2019

Artists from the FLAMIN Fellowship scheme will participate in an innovative 3-week art residency in the town of Nuoro, Sardinia, starting 27th February 2019.

The residency is the result of a new and exciting partnership between the Sardegna Film Commission and the MAN Museum of Modern Art. The opportunity offers the artists a chance to foster international contacts and develop new ideas inspired by Sardinia’s distinct culture and ancient traditions.

The artists taking part in the residency are: Graeme ArnfieldCalum BowdenRosie CarrCallum HillOnyeka Igwe and Kristina Pulejkova.

Maggie Ellis, Head of Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), said:

“Artist residencies are often thought of as solitary pursuits, so we’re delighted to be able to bring together all six of the artists we’ve worked with on the FLAMIN Fellowship for this unique opportunity generously supported by the Sardegna Film Commission. The residency will give them the chance to expand their international networks, mine unexplored histories and develop professionally as they work in partnership with the Sardegna Film Commission and the MAN Museum.”

The artists have recently returned from an initial exploration of the island during the historical annual event of Carnival, immersing themselves in the history, community and culture of Sardinia. Between now and their second longer visit, the artists will consolidate their research and prepare for the residency, which begins on 27th February.

With a flexible brief, the six artists will have access to physical materials, archives and crew alongside the chance to work with MAN Museum. A special showcase of the artists’ research will take place on 16th March 2019. Collectively, the works will not only highlight the variety and individuality of artist filmmaking, but also demonstrate Sardinia as a top destination for film and art production.

Nevina Satta, General Director at the Sardegna Film Commission said:

“We strongly believe Sardegna is a special place for artistic research and production; a magical and inspiring world for artists. Taking off from Sardegna’s most celebrated tradition, the Carnival in Barbagia, we are delighted to invite new artistic perspectives from this exciting group of British artist filmmakers.

Thanks to this partnership with FLAMIN, we are developing new educational and production opportunities for the Sardegnian audio-visual industry. At the end of spring we will hold a targeted training programme in the UK for a selected group of video artists based in Sardegna. This crossover of cinematic and visual arts media is part of our initiative to forefront Sardegna’s rich cultural heritage to international audiences.”

Luigi Fassi, Director at MAN said:

"The partnership between the MAN museum, the Sardegna Film Commission and FLAMIN to host and support a research residency for six British artists in Nuoro, is the first step of an international perennial project, that responds to the MAN mission to reinforce its own role as an institution devoted to supporting artists’ work. Internationalisation processes, inviting artists in residencies and involving them in research and production in the regional territory will play an increasingly central role in the MAN activities and this partnership is a pivotal model of its institutional attitude."

The residency continues the success of the FLAMIN Fellowship in supporting a group of bold, early-career artist filmmakers, who since completing the scheme have gone on to show work at Whitechapel Gallery, London; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick-Upon-Tweed; LUX, London; Transmediale, Berlin and ArtRio, Rio de Janeiro amongst others.

To find out more about the FLAMIN Fellowship Scheme, click here

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