About LUX Cornwall

From 18 March to 15 April 2016, LUX undertook an organisational residency at the historic Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, which acted as a space for research, reflection and production as well as a base for its public programme. Over the course of four weeks, LUX re-centred its core activities in the region, delivering a programme of screenings, discussions, workshops, touring projects, and artist support and professional development initiatives that were specifically conceived in response to the Cornish context.

The residency programme aimed 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 developed a screening programme that explored potential resonances with specific communities and places. Other highlights of the programme included a weekend of screenings and events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the London Film-Makers’ 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 included an introductory theoretical course on artists’ moving image; an analogue filmmaking workshop; a series of professional practice seminars and one-on-one feedback sessions for artists. Please click here to view the full programme archive.

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 provided 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. Please click here to read a short paper outlining our observations and thoughts about artists’ moving image (and more broadly contemporary visual arts) in Cornwall and some initial ideas about how we might work with the region in the future.

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

LUX Cornwall’s screening programme was supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. The professional development programme of LUX Cornwall was supported by the BFI’s Diversity Fund, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

About LUX

LUX is a UK-based agency that supports and promotes artists working with the moving image. It is the only organisation of its kind in the UK, representing the country’s only significant collection of artists’ film and video. It is the largest distributor of such work in Europe, representing over 7,000 works by approximately 1,500 artists from the 1920s to the present day. In addition to distribution, LUX’s core activities include organising screenings and exhibitions, touring projects, commissioning new work, publishing, delivering educational and professional development initiatives, and providing research support and resources for curators, academics and arts professionals.

Founded in 2002, LUX builds on a lineage of predecessor organisations, including The London Filmmakers Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre, with a history stretching back to the 1960s. LUX is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, and is currently a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

About Tate St Ives

Tate St Ives is the only one of the four Tate galleries to have a residency programme. Continuing the legacy of the artists’ colony in St Ives, this gives practitioners from diverse creative disciplines the opportunity to develop their work in conversation with Tate St Ives, our communities and public programmes. Initiated in 2013, the Artists Programme values experimentation and risk, discussion and debate.

The Tate St Ives Artists Programme provides a rolling programme of artists, writers, musicians, academics, and creative practitioners, who will be in residence or actively associated with Tate St Ives for pre-agreed periods of times, in different capacities.

The Tate St Ives Artists Programme is supported by private donation