Northern Film & Media (NFM), the Newcastle upon Tyne-based creative development agency for film, TV and digital arts projects, has announced the recipients of the pilot version of its Connect/Exchange residency programme.

Christopher Paul Daniels, Mat Fleming and Dennis Isou (a collaboration between Mark Bleakley and Josh Wilson), will each undertake digital and moving image projects with host organisations in Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool and Birmingham. The three-week research and development project aims to support artists to ‘connect and exchange’ ideas with artists, curators and the public.

Christopher Paul Daniels will begin research for ‘Sub-Titled’, a new project investigating notions of ‘northern’ identity and all the impracticalities and problems that this terminology incurs. With the support of The NewBridge Project in Newcastle, he will explore translation processes inherent to film, such as subtitles and over-dubbing, that evaporate dialogue and dialect.

Mat Fleming will work with Metal, Liverpool, to respond to several bin-bags full of 35mm cinema adverts he retrieved from a cinema in the north-east. He intends to extract individual parts of the frames and reinsert them into film leader, selecting them for their qualities of colour and texture rather than their imagery or context with adjacent frames.

Dennis Isou will use its time with Birmingham’s A3 Project Space and the city’s School of Art to work with a sound artist and an actor, developing a recent work, A Crack in the Window, into an informal, table-top performance. This will be followed by a publication launch on return to Newcastle.

Flexible model

Alongside support from NFM and the host organisations, the selected artists receive accommodation and travel, an artist’s fee of £1,200 and a materials budget of £500. Partner organisation LUX, the London-based artistsmoving image resource, will provide a day-long professional advice session and the artists will be offered the opportunity to present their practice to the public via an artists talk or screening.

The pilot version of Connect/Exchange is being seen by NFM as a chance to test out a flexible exchange/ research/ networking model which can be up-scaled to benefit larger numbers of artists and involve further organisations in subsequent years.

Northern Film & Media’s Managing Director John Tulip said: “We are thrilled to be able to work with partners across the country to support talented artists with moving image and digital-based practices. This is an exciting area, and one we are delighted to be involved with.”

Exchanges take place between 2 – 26 February 2014.

A programme of associated events will be announced soon – see the Connect/Exchange website for details.

a-n is supporting Connect/Exchange as a partner because the project is providing important research and development time for artists.

Organisations interested in hosting future Connect/Exchange projects should contact Lauren Healey, Project and Development Manager at NFM [email protected]