Six early-career artist-filmmakers have been selected for the third edition of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship scheme, a development programme offering mentoring, seed finance and professional development alongside access to audiences, curators and established artist advisors.
Between them, the selected artists work across a range of moving image formats, including digital animation, hand-developed film, Virtual Reality and diaristic smartphone footage. New works being supported through the programme include experimental documentaries spotlighting queer loneliness and interdependence between people with complex needs and their carers. The Fellowship will also support artists working with communities, with one project which aims to archive London’s under-documented Ghanaian diaspora, and another which explores memory loss through the digitization of obsolete technology.
The selected artists are:
Established in 2017 by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and supported by Arts Council England and The Fenton Arts Trust, the Fellowship builds on FLAMIN’s successful work at the core of the UK’s moving image ecology. With a focus on early-career practitioners, The Fellowship complements FLAMIN’s wide-ranging programme supporting mid- and later-career artists through FLAMIN Productions, the Film London Jarman Award and a range of significant development opportunities.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:
“Nurturing artists at the key early stages of their careers is one of the most important and rewarding things an organisation can do. In recent years we have seen our Fellows grow in recognition with screenings at the BFI London Film Festival, solo exhibitions at LUX, London, and a collective residency in Sardegna to name but a few. These achievements truly highlight the vitality of this bespoke development programme and we are very excited to work with this year’s diverse group of talented artists and their exciting projects. We extend our thanks to Arts Council England and The Fenton Arts Trust for their support of The Fellowship, through which we are able to offer this lifeline to a new generation of moving image artists as they look to emerge from this time of global crisis."
Alumni of The Fellowship include Callum Hill and Onyeka Igwe, both winners of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s New Cinema Award, as well as Hazel Brill, Jennifer Martin and Max Colson who have recently staged solo exhibitions at Block 336, London; Primary, Nottingham and arebyte, London, respectively.
Previous invited speakers on The FLAMIN Fellowship workshop programme include artists Larry Achiampong, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Hetain Patel, Heather Phillipson and Marianna Simnett. Arts organisations including Tate, LUX, BFI, Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust have all contributed to the professional development arm of the scheme, and each of the FLAMIN Fellows is provided one-to-one mentoring with Pinky Ghundale, who is producer to Turner Prize and Academy Award winner Steve McQueen.