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16mm Film & Exhibition – Open Call

Matt Stokes for 'We The People Are The Work' in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. Photo © Jamie Woodley

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art invites proposals from artists experienced in creating film, video and moving image to produce a new 16mm film work to be installed in The Gallery in March 2019. This commission continues Plymouth’s history of producing and showing radical, experimental film practice.

The Gallery is particularly interested in creating opportunities for students to support the production of the work (acting as crew/assistants etc) and for the work to be shot in Plymouth (in a studio and/or on location) to allow for this engagement.  

As this work will be presented within the Gallery, we also ask artists to consider creating an engaging and immersive experience for our audiences. It is anticipated that the work will be presented digitally (telecine) although we are open to analogue set ups. 

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art specialises in supporting artists at various career stages to produce new work/exhibitions.

There will be a project budget of £5,500 which should include an artist fee, all film production costs and travel and accommodation. There is an additional budget for producing the gallery exhibition.

Selection panel:
Ben Cook (Director Lux)
Hannah Rose (Gallery Manager)
Judith Noble (Associate Dean – Media, Plymouth College of Art)
Russell Cleave (Technical Demonstrator, Plymouth College of Art) 

Deadline for application: Tuesday 1 May at midnight.
Applications made after this deadline will not be accepted.

Important note: We are only able to accept proposals submitted via our website/form. Please note we will be unable to offer individual feedback if you are unsuccessful, so please bear this in mind when deciding to submit your application.

Key Dates:
Monday 5 March 2018 - open call announced
Tuesday 1 May 2018 - application deadline
Wednesday 2 May to Sunday 20 May 2018 - stage 1 shortlisting
Wednesday 23 May - Monday 4 June 2018 - stage 2 shortlisting
Monday 4 June 2018 - artists notified
June/July, TBC with artist - site visit
August to December 2018 - filming/editing/production
January to February 2019 - exhibition production/logistics
19-29 March 2019 - gallery exhibition installation (Private view: 3 April 2019)

Further Information:

Available kit
Plymouth College of Art has two fully functioning Steenbecks, a 16mm film splicer, Bolex H16, Bolex H16 SBM and Arri SR2. The college also has a range of lighting and sound equipment.

Applicant eligibility
Artists must be experienced in, and have a track record of making & presenting, film work for gallery contexts. Artists must be able to demonstrate their ability to deliver a high-quality solo show at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. Artists are expected to give a public talk about their work, attend their private view and take an active role in the production of the exhibition. Additionally, artists are expected to work with the Gallery Education Officer to support student engagement (including a careers focussed talk) and with the marketing/gallery teams to support promotion and the production of a Gallery Short Video.

Key Gallery information

  • The Gallery is not invigilated so artwork must be suitable for this context.
  • You can not drill into the gallery floor.
  • The Gallery has a large window which tilts outwards.
  • The space is adaptable and the Gallery team have experience of delivering bespoke builds/physical changes to the gallery space, however this must be factored into the production costs for the exhibition.
  • Artwork must be suitable for our mixed audiences, including young people.

Deadline for application: Tuesday 1 May at midnight.
Applications made after this deadline will not be accepted.

16mm Film & Exhibition Open Call Submission