Graduate Artist Residency

2018-19 Graduate Artist in Residence Georgia Bates in conversation with Kathryn Elkin, 8 February 2019
2018-19 Graduate Artist in Residence Georgia Bates in conversation with Kathryn Elkin, 8 February 2019

The Graduate Artist Residency at Tyneside Cinema is an opportunity for recent graduates from Northumbria University to realise a new moving image work over a three-month period, supported by curatorial, technical and academic staff at both institutions. Following the format of the Projections Commissions, which like the Graduate Artist film are screened before mainstream features, the residency is a unique challenge for artists to respond to the context of the cinema. 

The Graduate Artist Residency is delivered in partnership with Northumbria University and is supported by The NewBridge Project.

‘The Graduate Artist Residency was amazing, eye opening and the best thing I could have done after graduating. You can easily become lost after graduating, and doing this kept me going at a good pace: it gave me the time, space and support to create a brief and then structure to keep it working. Instead of feeling I had come to a full stop, it gave me the experience of working in a professional cinema environment.

It is not like working in a normal studio. I found out how different things work: it is a different crowd and a different way of looking at film and cinema. It was great having new perspectives, to be able to view the footage professionally and artistically with support for where it is shown and how things would look in a cinema, whilst keeping the ideals of the artist. This helped me understand, objectively, who I am, as an emerging artist who works with film.’

Georgia Bates, 2018-19 Graduate Artist in Residence

Graduate Artist Residency 2019-20

Designed to support the artistic development of Northumbria University graduates working with moving image from disciplines across fine art, animation, design and film, the Graduate Artist Residency provides emerging artists with an artist’s fee; a production budget; mentoring; studio space; and one year’s Associate Membership at The NewBridge Project – together with the curatorial, production and technical support to create a new work.

The scheme takes place within the context of the wider Projections programme of commissions, events and practice development activities around artists’ moving image, which aims to reclaim the cinema as a space for artists.

As with the other commissions in the Projections programme, the finished film will launch at a special event at Tyneside Cinema, and then screen before feature films. One key concern for all commissioned films is that they take into account the specific presentation context of the cinema, and make use of it to articulate concerns or ideas that mainstream film practice might ignore or be unable to pursue.

The recipient of the Graduate Artist Residency 2019/20 will be announced in late summer 2019.

Graduate in Residence 2018-19: Georgia Bates

Georgia Bates’ new film Mother of the Mountain looks for the often unseen strength demanded of mothers, reflecting on stories from women of the North East. Through joy and grief, storm and sun, local women’s experiences of motherhood are brought together with the wind-blown heights of the Cheviots to suggest a relationship between lived experience and landscape.

We launched Mother of the Mountain at a special event at Tyneside Cinema on 8 February 2019, featuring a discussion between Georgia and artist Kathryn Elkin, and a reception.

Mother of the Mountain selected for Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, 2 – 6 May 2019
Mother of the Mountain selected for Art Houses 2019, Whitley Bay
Georgia Bates selected for The Collective Studio 2019/20 (The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Interview with Georgia Bates, NARC. magazine

Further resources

Mother of the Mountain

'try as you must but there is no official difference between a mountain & a hill. many have speculated about this. the difference cannot be known only felt.' —Victoria Adukwei Bulley Read more...