Tate St Ives
New Organisation-in-Residence: LUX

Tate St Ives is pleased to announce that the artists’ moving image agency LUX will take part in a month-long residency from 18 March to 15 April 2016.

LUX is a non-profit organisation that supports and promotes artists working with the moving image. During its residency in St Ives, LUX will set up a temporary extended office in the historic Porthmeor Studios, which will act as a space for research, reflection and production as well as a base for its public programme. Over the course of four weeks, LUX will re-centre its core activities in the region, delivering a programme of screenings, discussions, workshops, touring projects, and artist support and professional development initiatives that have been specifically conceived in response to the Cornish context.

The residency programme aims to map out a history of artists’ moving image practice in the region, considering what might constitute a Cornish tradition of visual culture through conversations with artists, venues and audiences. Working in collaboration with a network of partnering organisations across the region, LUX will develop a touring film project that explores potential resonances with specific communities and places. Other highlights of the programme include a weekend of screenings and events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the London Filmmakers Co-operative – a primary organisation in LUX’s historical lineage – to introduce new audiences to key holdings within its collection. LUX’s educational and artist support programme will include an introductory theoretical course on artists’ moving image; an analogue filmmaking workshop using natural materials from the Cornish seaside; a series of professional practice seminars and one-on-one feedback sessions for artists.

The residency forms part of LUX’s ongoing initiative to operate as a UK-wide agency and to extend its reach to communities outside of London, where its main office is currently based. The residency provides an opportunity for LUX to explore the meaning and potential of the organisation’s work in supporting artists’ moving image practices in Cornwall, the circulation and presentation of such work, and the discourse around it. It will ultimately work towards establishing a legacy in the region in terms of ongoing networks and partnerships beyond the duration of the residency.

LUX’s residency at Tate St Ives will be preceded by a week-long intensive workshop at Kestle Barton led by acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, Ben Rivers (b.1972, Somerset). The workshop forms part of the ongoing series of Cornwall Workshops organised by the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST) and is presented in partnership with LUX, Kestle Barton Trust and Tate St Ives.