The Graduate Artist Residency at Tyneside Cinema is a unique opportunity for recent Northumbria University graduates to realise a new moving image work. This year's resident artist is Georgia Bates, who will be with us until the end of November to make a film called Mother of the Mountain. Mother of the Mountain looks for the often unseen strength demanded of mothers, reflecting on the stories of the women of the North East.
Motherhood is testing, tiring and rewarding. The responsibility of providing for, and determining what is best for children is at times overwhelming, and tests women’s sense of self as their children assume a position of singular importance in their lives. The landscape of Northumberland is similarly challenging, untamed and vast, and, like motherhood, depends on having a frame of reference by which to navigate its boundlessness.
Drawing on her experience of working collaboratively with communities over long periods, Georgia is spending time with local mothers as the source for the project, which will premiere at Tyneside Cinema in early 2019.
Georgia Bates graduated this year from BA Fine Art at Northumbria University. Her work to date has centred on a socially engaged practice, using film to create a platform for individuals and communities to be heard. She worked with Equal Art Henpower in Gateshead on a project called The Recipe for Life that focuses on the creative engagement of children and people over 50, featuring in her degree show as ‘The Act of Listening’. Georgia has also worked with Newcastle City Arts Council to produce creative documentaries for five artist residencies; with Skimstone Arts; and on several personal projects.
As with the other commissions as part of the Projections programme, Georgia's film will launch at a special event at Tyneside Cinema, and then screen before feature films. The resulting film will take into account this specific exhibition context and make use of it to articulate concerns or ideas that mainstream film practice might ignore or be unable to pursue.
The Graduate Artist Residency is part of Projections, funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from Northumbria University.
"What can a cinema make possible, and what might the cinema of the future look like? These are questions that artists can help us answer, and that’s what Projections is all about."