Tyneside Cinema welcomed Northumbria University Graduate Artist in Residence, Cat Auburn in 2017. Cat is spent three months with us to explore the Cinema’s context as well as to explore and develop her current practice. Her exhibition Preparing the Ground showed from 19 January - 12 March 2017 and was produced in partnership with Northumbria University. Taking as the starting point the act of 'preparing the ground' from which the show takes its title, Cat explored actions and narratives filming at three locations, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow and the North East's Dunstanburgh Castle.
The exhibition The Moon and Sixpence (shown 28 April - 1 May 2016) was the culmination of a three month Graduate artist in Residency at Tyneside Cinema. Mani Kambo and Hope Stebbing collaboratively developed a new commission using film and sculpture that articulates their mutual interest in space and the urban environment.
The work is focused on the object of the screen and the process of projected images. The screen is formed of perforated metal which is used as an emblem of decay and regeneration the projected images are created through layering textures and materials of industrial and regeneration sites visited whilst on residency. Kambo and Stebbing play with the 'idea’ of cinema and experiment with the relationship between the projector and the screen. Referring to the relatively recent decline of 35mm film to digital formats and its effect on the cinematic experience from an object, (the roll of film) and physical experience (projection), to a more fleeting moment of inconceivable data (digital files). The installation of sculpture and film investigates this relationship and highlights the tension between screen and film.
In 2014, Tyneside Cinema and Northumbria University joined forces to create an artist residency opportunity for Northumbria graduates working with the moving image. Callum Costello was awarded the inaugural residency and spent eight weeks at Tyneside Cinema from October to December in 2014. Since he completed his BA in Media Production at Northumbria University in 2012, Callum Costello has written, produced and directed several successful short films. The Tyneside Cinema Graduate Residency gave him his first opportunity to work on a dedicated moving image installation with support from staff at Tyneside Cinema.