Lighthouse is part of the Happenstance project - a programme of residencies for creative technologists. Image credit: Happenstance
Lighthouse is part of the Happenstance project - a programme of residencies for creative technologists. Image credit: Happenstance

Exciting new Lighthouse programmes for 2012


18 January 2012

Lighthouse is thrilled to be beginning the new year with some fantastic news about some major new programmes. By Honor Harger, director

Lighthouse will be managing the BFI's short film fund in 2012. Image credits: © Caspar Benson/fstop/Corbis
Lighthouse will be managing the BFI's short film fund in 2012. Image credits: © Caspar Benson/fstop/Corbis

We’ve been selected by the UK’s lead body for film – the BFI – to manage their new short film programme. Launching this February, the short film fund will support the creation of up to twenty outstanding new films by some of the UK’s most promising filmmakers.

This major new programme underscores Lighthouse’s commitment to commissioning new work by exceptional artists and filmmakers, and will be a key part of our ongoing strategy to demonstrate the importance of artists and filmmakers in a changing media landscape.

We will be announcing all the details about the fund in February.
Check out our webpage or download the press release in the meantime.

Lighthouse is also delighted to announce two significant new digital culture programmes. Happenstance – a programme of residencies for creative technologists (designers and developers), which is all about changing the way arts organisations relate to technology. Supported by NESTA, the Arts Council and the AHRC, six creative technologists will work in three of the UK’s most innovative arts organisations – Lighthouse, Site Gallery, and Spike Island. We are now calling applications from creative technologists who wish to undertake one of these residencies. The deadline for applications is 30th of January, and we look forward to hearing from designers and developers who want to work with us.

Complementing this work is a new collaboration with DACS (the Design and Copyright Society). We are hosting three intensive workshops for visual artists at Lighthouse . Artists – Simon Faithfull, Kate Genevieve, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Clare Strand and artist group LuckyPDF – will work in collaboration with innovative technology company Jaggeree to explore radical new ways to approach audiences and to sustain independent practice, using digital technology.

This month, we will also be calling for proposals from filmmakers who want to take part in our cutting-edge Motion Capture Lab a three day intensive and immersive training programme we’re running this March, which will explore the creative possibilities this important new technology.

Our programme of digital culture events and exhibitions continues apace, with Invisible Fields: Geographies of Radio Waves our major exhibition at Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, Spain, until March this year. Our Monthly Talks programme returns this year with Gary Thomas – director of Animate Projects – joining us in February, and BAFTA winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia – who directed the acclaimed documentary, Senna – visiting in March.

We’ve got a few more things to tell you about in the coming month, so keep an eye on our blog for more news.

So, there are exciting times ahead. We hope 2012 has begun well for all of you.


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