Since its inception the ICO has worked with cinemas to promote screenings and events of artists moving image work within a cinema context and to find ways of developing audiences for this work, both historical and contemporary across the UK. We have offered a range of support services for organisations who wish to screen artists' moving image work, producing touring programmes, distributing single title releases and offering professional training aimed at developing curatorial and audience development skills.
Our partners have included...
Lux, Tate Modern, no.w.here, ICA, BFI, Frieze Projects, Film London and the British Council.
We have commissioned work from...
Rosalind Nashashibi, Mark Leckey, Keren Cytter, Deimantas Narkevicius, Phil Collins, Apichatopong Weerasethakul, Imogen Stidworthy and Yang Fudong. We have worked with curators such as the Otolith Group, Ian White, Michelle Cotton, George Clark and Sarah Wood.
Much of our work in this area has been funded by Arts Council, England.
Our aim is to take artists’ moving image work back into cinema
In the past cinemas in the UK were instrumental in screening artists’ work but in more recent years, this kind of work is more usually found in gallery spaces. Our aim is to take artists’ moving image work back into a cinema context and to screen it to the widest range of audiences rather than in discrete screening slots. We also want to introduce new audiences to the classics of artists’ cinema and encourage programmers and independent cinema professionals to engage with artists’ work and reflect on the synergies between it and more traditional narrative cinema. In recent years, many artists have made the transition to long-form film, most notably such artists as Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Ben Rivers and Clio Barnard. As well as providing access to historical classics, we would like to encourage artists new to this form to make work specifically for the cinema space and to exhibit work there.
We have achieved this through a series of commissions for the ongoing project The Artists Cinema and by distributing new work by artists along traditional narrative cinema distribution models (Civic Life and Chain).
If you are an artist and would like advice on bringing your project to a cinema audience, we are happy to provide more detailed information on the following areas; viability of projects, identifying venues, marketing, press campaigns and release strategies, rights negotiation, certification, technical requirements, publicity, budgets and touring projects. If you are a venue or festival and would like advice on sourcing work, clearing rights and developing audiences for artists’ moving image we would be happy to help. In the first instance please contact Catharine Des Forges or David Sin.
Resources for screening artists' moving image work
For a list of organisations who provide support and distribute artists' moving image work please visit our artists' moving image resources page.