Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: The final four artists

By Sarah Jackson | 19 August 2013

The Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards, presented to moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice, has announced the shortlist for this year’s awards.

Marianna Simnett, Faint (2012)
Marianna Simnett, Faint (2012)© Marianna Simnett
Lucy Clout, Kate Cooper, Anne Haaning and Marianna Simnet were chosen from more than 150 submissions responding to the brief 'What Will They See of Me?'

Each shortlisted artist will receive a bursary of £4,000 along with production support from Film and Video Umbrella to conduct further research and development of their pieces.

These pilots will then appear in an exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts in March 2014. Two winners will then be selected and awarded £20,000 and more support from Film and Video Umbrella to complete their projects.

The completed works will then be exhibited at Jerwood Visual Arts, London and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow in 2015.

Steven Bode, the Director of Film and Video Umbrella, said the panel was "struck by the breadth of talent and range of approaches" to the theme.

"We are especially excited by the proposals of the four artists selected," he added.

"We look forward to helping develop their projects over the next few months.”

Each of the shortlisted proposals explores the themes of identity, visibility and posterity in ways that both embrace and probe new technologies.

Lucy Clout’s project investigates the background noise of modern communication that follows us almost everywhere but does not always catch our full attention. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2009, she has exhibited in commercial and non-commercial venues across the world.

Katy Cooper examines how everyday performance is constructed online and how in turn this might relate to views about gender. Her project investigates the complex relationship we have with our own images and the new potential for self-invention it produces.

Having graduated from Central Saint Martins, she co-founded the London-based artist-run initiative Auto Italia. As she frequently works with fellow artists, Cooper’s submission to the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards is one of her first solo endeavours.

Anne Haaning’s submission considers the traces of ourselves we unintentionally leave in digital spaces, as well as the records that we choose to document our personal journeys. The work makes reference to the shifting sands of time and experiments with the idea of digital ghosts who will eventually outlive us.

As well as an MA in Architecture, Haaning will graduate from Goldsmiths in 2014 with an MFA in Fine Art.

Marianna Simnett’s work is characterised by her examination of the interplay between animal nature and domestication and her submission here is no exception.

Her piece reflects on our desire for a pristine view of the environment with our knowledge that nature itself can be a product of complex technological processes. Simnett has recently graduated from the Slade School of Art with an MA in Fine Art Media.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of six experts in the field, including Bode, Jerwood Charitable Foundation Director Shonagh Manson and Catherine Wood, the Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern.

More pictures:

Anna Haaning, Highly personal rigid and or soft bodies in suspense (2013)
Anna Haaning, Highly personal rigid and or soft bodies in suspense (2013)© Anna Haaning
Lucy Clout, Snail Trousers (2011)
Lucy Clout, Snail Trousers (2011)© Lucy Clout
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