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Arnolfini is happy to announce that two recipients have now been selected to receive support of £1000 each through the Centre of Moving Image Research & Arnolfini 2016 production bursary scheme.

Back in June we put out a call for proposals for two new moving image commissions, to be developed between July 2016 and Summer 2017. 

From the submissions received, Niyaz Saghari and Louisa Fairclough have been selected to work with the resources made available through the scheme to develop their proposals for the creation of new moving image works which will be screened at Arnolfini as part the 2017 artistic programme.

Louisa Fairclough lives and works in Bristol and co-founded BEEF with the core aim of supporting and nurturing experimental film practice in Bristol. Her work takes the form of film loops, performances, field recordings and drawings.

Louisa graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA) in 2000 and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes. She lectured at the Slade from 2002 – 2008 and co-curated Mezz from 2009 – 2011.

This year, Louisa has been artist-in-residence at Metal in Southend working on field recordings and drawings for Estuary Festival in September 2016.  Recently, she exhibited at Contact Film Festival at Apiary Studios, London (2016), Channel at Penarth Pier Pavilion (2016) and Stories in the Dark at Beaney Museum, Canterbury (2016).

Absolute Pitch was commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2014, Jeannie was commissioned by Bristol New Music and Arnolfini in 2014, Song of Grief was included in Guy Sherwin’s Film in Space at Camden Art Centre (2013) and Bore Song was shown at Ha gamle Prestegard in Norway before being acquired by Contemporary Art Society for Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum: The Wilson (2013). Louisa has had two solo shows with Danielle Arnaud in 2011 and 2014 and is working towards a third in 2017. Her drawings have been acquired by public and private collections with two drawings selected for Jerwood Drawing Prize (2011).

See expanded films and hear field recordings here.


Niyaz Saghari is a Bristol based filmmaker. She has graduated from Art University of Tehran where she studied Cinema, Film directing. She then followed up her studies in UK by joining the M.A animation course at University of Newport. Besides following professional work in the animation industry, she has been making short documentaries and experimental films which have been screened in festivals and won awards internationally. Joining Bristol BEEF has been a sweet return to experimenting with analogue formats.


The selection panel for this year’s bursaries consisted of staff from Arnolfini (Rob Bowman, Elizabeth Graham) the Centre for Moving Image Research, UWE (Sarah Sparke, Terry Flaxton) and filmmaker Shawn Sobers.


Rob Bowman, Director of Programme said: “Arnolfini and CMIR are looking forward to working with both Niyaz and Louisa during the process of the making of their work, and to supporting the presentation of finished pieces. We also want to thank all of those who submitted applications. The quality was high, and the panel found the choice a very difficult one.”

 Find out more about the Centre for Moving Image Research here.