Keeping sight of the bigger Picture…

10 Seconds or Greater, Rachel Reupke. Picture This Atelier 2010

Within this blog, we want to engage our communities in a discussion about what we would like to see happen in the arts and the provision for artists film and video. Join us to determine the future of our arts communities by safe guarding artistic excellence and the role of experimentation within the arts ecology today.

What does Picture This provide?

Picture This is a commissioning agency, residency programme, and exhibition space specialising in artists’ film and video.  In 2012 Picture This will be 20 years old and we will be celebrating our achievements with a special programme entitled Past Continuous. From our base in Bristol, our programme prioritizes the connections and relationships between process-led artistic research and production that is committed to excellence and widening the audiences for art.

Picture This does the following:

  • Supports artists by commissioning new projects
  • Collaborates with and drives a wide range of partnerships
  • Curates an exhibition programme
  • Provides space for diverse artistic research and residencies
  • Disseminates research through our web site and publications
  • Develops debate and discussion through a public programme
  • Offers exhibition, production and post production services

The achievements of Picture This are remarkable and demonstrate an ambition that far outstrips the amount of public subsidy received. We have recently learnt that we have not been granted NPO status from Arts Council England. Whilst this is a blow Picture This will continue through alternative funding streams and pursue a mixed economy established as way of working since 1992. Picture This has never been so active as we are today and we feel passionately about moving forward with our plans.

We are one of the few organisations in the UK that offer production, exhibition and technical support onsite. The Picture This atelier is our exhibition space; part studio, part gallery – which creates fundamental interconnections between process, production, participation and our audiences. Supporting the process and production of new work is at the heart of what we do.

We have often commissioned key works at a crucial stage in an artist’s career development. These works have been shown far and wide including at international festivals such as Manifesta and Venice Biennale. Our alumni includes: Emily Wardill, Lucy Gunning, Ryan Gander, Rosalind Nashashibi, Harrison & Wood, Daphne Wright, Mathew Noel-Todd, Tony Sinden, John Smith and many many more.

In 2010 our projects included:

  • Hito Steyerl’s ‘After the Crash’ commissioned in partnership with Chisenhale (London) and Collective Gallery (Edinburgh)
  • ‘Slow Action by Ben Rivers commissioned in partnership with Animate Projects and shown initially as a four-screen installation at Picture This atelier and touring to Matts Gallery as a single screen work.
  • Rachel Ruepke’s Ten Seconds or Greater’ made as a recipient of the Bristol Mean Time residency supported by Film London.
  • Exhibition of influential early works by Tony Sinden

Behind the scenes at Picture This our services and technical expertise continue to support and develop projects. Recent presentations include:

  • Installing our 2007 commission Dawn Chorus by Marcus Coates at Milton Keynes Gallery, a work that has now entered the Arts Council Collection.
  • Setup and supply of systems for high definition, multi-channel installations at Artes Mundi 4, National Museum Wales.
  • Installing a complex six screen, high definition installation for Paradise by Sergio Vega at IKON Eastside.
  • Prototype development of a new commission To The River by Sophy Rickett, ready for installation at Venice Biennale 2011.

Our current and forthcoming programme include

  • Mathieu Abbonenc at Gasworks (London) coming to Picture This in May
  • A new work by Yael Davids
  • Petra Bauer in partnership with the Showroom (London)
  • Sea-Change, a residency for a London based artist to make a new work at Picture This in partnership with Film London and Lighthouse (Brighton).

Our public programmes include ‘New Cut’ a series of short shows that continues with an overview of recent works by Anne Tallentire. We regularly hold talks and events and screenings as a way to inform, engage and communicate current thinking.

30 March 2011, Filming in Picture This Atelier for current commission with Maryam Jafri, Avalon
30 March 2011, Filming in Picture This Atelier for current commission with
Maryam Jafri, Avalon