Four British-Based Artists Share More Than $200,000 For Moving-Image Projects

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Film London and the Arts Council England dish out funding to Mark Leckey, Simon Martin, Gail Pickering and Grace Schwindt.

LONDON -- Four new moving-image projects from London-based artists will take a share of more than $200,000 (£135,000) from Film London's Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN).

The British capital's movie agency has picked Mark Leckey, Simon Martin, Gail Pickering and Grace Schwindt to benefit from commissions via FLAMIN Productions, which provides artists with the opportunity to produce “ambitious and original moving image works."

FLAMIN is supported by the Arts Council England and dedicated to funding large-scale, single-screen works which represent "a significant step forward in an artist’s practice."

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To date the program has produced a range of pieces, including Ben Rivers’ feature-length project Two Years at Sea, which was released theatrically and acquired by Channel 4, Elizabeth Price’s West Hinder, which was part of an exhibition for which she won the Turner Prize in 2012, and Hilary Koob-Sassen’s Transcalar Investment Vehicles, which won the European Media Arts Festival Award in 2012.

Among this round of recipients is Leckey, who won the Turner Prize in 2008 and whose work has recently been exhibited at this year’s Venice Biennale.

His project On Pleasures Bent has been greenlighted by FLAMIN.

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Martin, whose recent work was featured in solo shows in London, New York, Toronto and Amsterdam will make UR Feeling.

Pickering, who has exhibited her recent moving-image work across the U.K. and Europe, will mount a project named Dirty Pictures Mirror Speech.

And Schwindt, whose recent work was featured in solo shows in various cities including New York, Edinburgh and London, will make Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society.

Film London and the British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton said, "Central to Film London’s strategy is to ensure we continue to discover and nurture London’s filmmaking talent. Through FLAMIN, with crucial funding from Arts Council England, we support artist filmmakers to develop and produce interesting works which also progresses them in their careers."