Katie Davies (Mar - Sep 2014)


Katie Davies (Mar - Sep 2014)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are pleased to announce Katie Davies as their second artist in residence.

Bristol based Katie Davies is a video artist who explores the politics of spectatorship, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of time. Her recent projects include 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to research and film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone and The Separation Line, an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011, working alongside The Royal British Legion and Wootton Basset Town Council.

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s joint residency provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to respond to Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s theme for 2014 and to the town of Berwick itself.

In 2014 the Festival will once again take audiences on a journey, setting out to cross and transcend borders in all directions, exploring border identities all over the world. Berwick-upon-Tweed makes an ideal starting point: a border town in a region once known as ‘the debatable lands,’ with an identity neither English nor Scottish but all of its own.

Taking place in the same week as the historic Scottish independence referendum, and marking their tenth anniversary edition, the Festival will bring together independent film and artists’ video to explore boundaries – on the map and in the mind – and the spaces in between.

On appointment Katie said “I am extremely excited to be working with Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and to be based in Berwick-upon-Tweed. I know this will be a fantastic opportunity to work with and beyond political demarcations to get to the heart of what makes this area, place and people so culturally significant and historically important.”

Katie was selected by a panel consisting of artist Marcus Coates; James Lowther Head of Visual Art, Berwick Visual Arts; Melanie Iredale, Director, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Sam Peace, Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, Arts Council England from over 100 applications for the residency opportunity.

Read the full press release here