A scheme launched by Art Fund and Thomas Dane Gallery to share artists’ films with the nation.
The Moving Image Fund was created to address the challenges that UK museums have faced when building their collections of moving-image works. The first scheme of its kind in the UK, it aims to ensure that the most significant works of contemporary film and video art can be bought for public collections. It is an Art Fund project conceived in partnership with and supported by Thomas Dane Gallery.
Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester (winner of Museum of the Year 2015) are the first two galleries to benefit from the fund. The scheme will provide £200,000 to each gallery over the next two years (2015 - 2017).
The Moving Image Fund is generously supported by the Ampersand Foundation, Art Fund, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Thomas Dane Gallery, Gerry Fox, David and Rose Heyman, Pierre Lagrange, Rebecca Marks, the Outset Young Production Fund, the Rothschild Foundation and the Sfumato Foundation.
Isaac Julien, Ten Thosand Waves, 2010
Co-acquisition between Towner Art Gallery and the Whitworth
Ten Thousand Waves is a film inspired by the 2004 tragedy in Morecambe Bay where more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank. Julien interlaces contemporary Chinese culture with ancient myths; Ten Thousand Waves includes the fable of goddess Mazu, who comes from the Fujian Province where the Morecambe Bay workers originated from. The acquisition marks the first time that a film by Julien has been acquired for a UK public collection outside of London.
Omer Fast, 5,000 Feet is the Best, 2011
Co-acquisition between Towner Art Gallery and IWM
Omer Fast, Film still from 5,000 Feet Is The Best, 2011
Courtesy of the artist and Arratia Beer, Berlin
Fast's 5,000 Feet is the Best is a 30-minute film that weaves together a former drone operator’s account of his life and work with scenes depicting crimes in and around Las Vegas. The film explores why we, as viewers, believe what we see. Fast uses various techniques, such as to-camera delivery and pixellation, to challenge how events are presented and how style can affect how much credibility is attached to unverified sources.