Launch: Artists in The Cinema 2020

Join us for the launch of Artists in the Cinema 2020: four new commissions by artists Onyeka Igwe, Karrabing Film Collective, Duncan Marquiss and Nicola Singh & Helen Collard. 

The commissions take the form of short films created specifically for a cinema context, and will be screened before feature films across the Tyneside programme before touring to cinemas around the UK.

The screening includes a discussion with the artists, including our Graduate Artist Siân Hutchings, and is followed by a party to which everyone is invited.

Find out more about this year’s commissions and the Artists in the Cinema here.

Friday 28 February 2020
Tyneside Cinema (Electra)
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About the artists

Helen Collard is an artist interested in the relationships between mind and body, sound and technology. Through the creative use of technology, biofeedback, and sound, she generates and explores listening environments and experiences via performance, interactive installations and sound works. She has shown work at The Cistern; Bòlit Centre for Contemporary Art; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; and Barbican.

Onyeka Igwe is a London-based artist and researcher working between cinema and installation. Her video works have shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, LUX, Berlin Biennale, London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Essay Film Festival and Smithsonian African American Film Festival. She has exhibited at articule (Montreal), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), The Showroom (London) and Jerwood Space (London).

Karrabing Film Collective is an indigenous media group based in Australia’s Northern Territories that uses filmmaking and installation as a form of grassroots resistance and self-organisation. The collective includes approximately 30 members, predominantly living in the Belyuen community, who together create films using an ‘improvisational realism’ that opens a space beyond binaries of the fictional and the documentary, the past and the present. Shot on handheld cameras and phones, their films touch on cultural memory, place and ancestry, exposing the longstanding colonial violence that impact members directly, such as environmental devastation, land restrictions and economic exploitation. The Karrabing Film Collective has presented its work at IMA Brisbane; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Jakarta Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Tate Modern, London; Documenta 14, Kassel; Berlinale, Forum Expanded; and Biennale of Sydney; among others.

Duncan Marquiss is a Glasgow-based artist who works with film and video, drawing, writing and music. Much of his work explores overlaps between the cultural and the biological. His documentary work Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps (2016) considered analogies between evolutionary patterns within the fossil record and the cultural evolution of popular music. Marquiss graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and undertook the LUX Associate Artist Programme, London in 2009. He was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2015-16. Recent exhibitions include Stalking The Image: Margaret Tait & Her Legacy, GoMA, Glasgow, 2019 and a solo exhibition, Copying Errors, at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2016. Recent screenings include at London Film Festival, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (both 2018), and at Kochi Muziris Biennale 2017.

Nicola Singh is an artist and researcher whose practice is rooted in performance. She extends ideas of performance to her practice, alongside a critical engagement with contemporary art’s relationship to race and feminism. Selected previous projects include selection for Jerwood Visual Arts’ 3-Phase Award (2016–18), Eastside Projects and Workplace Gallery; and the UK/KOREA Artist Exchange Residency (2018) with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The British Council; (2017). Singh is Teaching Fellow in Fine Art for Leeds University and holds a practice-based PhD.


Still from a film by Onyeka Igwe, 'No Archive Can Restore You'

No Archive Can Restore You

Onyeka Igwe

UK / Nigeria
Video, colour, sound
Image of a still from the film Nyudj Calling (Karrabing Film Collective, 2020)

Lunch Run

Karrabing Film Collective

Video, colour, sound
Image from film by Duncan Marquiss, 'Mirror Test', 2020

Mirror Test

Duncan Marquiss

Video, colour, sound
Still from a film by Nicola Singh & Helen Collard, 'Power Grab'

Power Grab

Nicola Singh & Helen Collard

Video, colour, sound