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Watch student film submissions for State of the Arts

  • Date: 7 February 2012
  • Area: National

As part of our digital content offering around State of the Arts we invited university students to make short films exploring their choice of theme selected from the nine themes that will shape the discussions at the conference. (see the full list of themes).

Watch the films they submitted below - you can leave your comments about then or join in the State of the Arts discussions on Twitter using #SOTA12 or at the State of the Arts blog.

North Tyneside Art Studio by Michelle Carrick
University of Sunderland

Artists shaping the communities
Synopsis: Each year one in four people are diagnosed with a mental illness in the UK. This short documentary explores a community of artists located in North Tyneside who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. They tell their stories about their art and how they hope to be seen by the wider community outside of the studio.

Have your say by Ben Frank Houghton and Stephanie Archer
Salford University

Artists and the imagination
Synopsis: During the short, a variety of food produce is thrown at a canvas to create a 'by chance' piece of artwork. The film focuses on combining art and imagination with a comic style.


Ways of Seeing: Interwoven Lives by George Wesley Haydock
Salford University

Artists and young people / Artists and audiences
Synopsis: The film documents and audio/visual art installation in Queen Street Mill, Burnley, which is the world’s only surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill. The project is part of the Cultural Olympiad.
The photographs taken, the interviews conducted, and the sound design in the installation were all done by young people - through art they engaged in local history in an interesting way which transcended any history textbook experience.
Find out more about the project.

Plants of the Gods by Matthew Burdis and David Donald
University of Sunderland

Artists and the Imagination
Synopsis: The film is a response to The Plants of the Gods a lecture at Newcastle's historical Literary and Philosophical Society by Scientist and traveller Dr George Wake, which focussed on the ritual use of botanic entheogens  throughout various cultures as ‘gateway’ drugs. The lecture was part of a series of events exploring themes within Newcastle-based artist Ben Jeans Houghton's photographic work, Black Cloud and also discussing the role of the artist to consider scientific enquiries and shamanistic practice. The film reflects both the approaches of Ben Jeans Houghton and the filmmakers’ own interest in alternate realities.