Lucy Clout (April - Sep 2018)


Lucy Clout (April - Sep 2018)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are delighted to announce London-based artist Lucy Clout as the Berwick Moving Image Artist in Residence for 2018.

Lucy Clout uses video to explore themes of loneliness, intimacy and kinship, which are plotted and recreated using technology and pop culture. Her works reproduce disposable or insignificant speech and longwinded expressions of indeterminate desire to examine embodiment, longing and historically gendered performance.

Lucy will use her time in Berwick to consider pleasure, production and reproduction, within the context of Berwick-upon-Tweed, expanding on the themes of her practice by creating ceramics and sculptural objects that will be activated within her video work.

Recent exhibitions include Jerwood Space, London, CCA, Glasgow (2015) and Limoncello, London (2016). Recent screenings include Raven Row, Tate Britain and Anthology Film Archives, New York (all 2017). Lucy was awarded the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella award in 2015.

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s joint residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to spend six months in Berwick to produce new work at a crucial development point within their practice and with the two host organisations’ support.

On appointment to the residency Lucy said It is rare and special thing to be given the time and space to make a new body of work. I am excited to begin the residency in Berwick’

Lucy was selected from over 60 applications for the residency opportunity by a panel consisting of James Lowther Head of Visual Art, Berwick Visual Arts; Peter Taylor, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Holly Martin, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts) for Arts Council England.

James Lowther, Head of Visual Art for Berwick Visual Arts said ‘Through our ongoing partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, we are delighted to announce Lucy as our new artist in residence. The residency will provide a valuable time and space for Lucy to develop her practice, at a crucial point in her career and we look forward to welcoming her to Berwick’.

Peter Taylor, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) said; It’s such a delight to welcome Lucy Clout back to Berwick. Her work was selected for the Festival’s inaugural Berwick New Cinema Competition in 2015 and she has returned to BFMAF every year since. With a residency proposal focused on female desire and pleasure, Lucy will also build a body of supportive research examining the turn towards the erotic in contemporary art. It’s a very exciting prospect. Our warm congratulations to Lucy, we can’t wait for her to get started!’

Jane Tarr, Director North, Arts Council England said ‘I’m delighted that we have been able to support the joint residency which provides a valuable pathway for artists at a key moment in their development. The programme has a track record of attracting significant artists with distinctive and engaging ideas of which Lucy is no exception. I’m looking forward to watching Lucy’s journey unfold.’

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are both supported by the Arts Council England through its National Portfolio programme.