Art Shorts at the Tate


Tate Media would like to draw your attention to a fantastic opportunity for your organisation.

As part of the ‘Art Shorts’ programme, Tate is offering free places on a one-day workshop at Tate Britain on Monday 24 May.

The workshop has been designed to furnish visual arts organisations with the knowledge and skills needed to produce and distribute short films as part of their programmes and audience development work.

The day will include case studies from previous Art Shorts awardees and sessions on developing content, production and distribution.

Places are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place, please email by Thursday 20 May 6pm.

This event is organised as part of Tate Media’s Art Shorts (link here to webpage) programme in collaboration with Arts Council England and Tate Connects.

Due to the focus on visual arts organisations, the workshop is not targeted at individual artists or producers.

Arts Shorts at the Tate

Tate Media, working with Arts Council England and Tate Connects, is delighted to invite submissions to the second round of the Art Shorts film development programme.

We would like to partner with a selection of visual arts organisations in England to support the production of a series of short films exploring the work of each organisation.

We are looking to collaborate with developing or established arts organisations that employ innovative approaches to presenting contemporary visual arts to a broad public audience.

The programme
If you are selected, we will work in partnership with you to create a short film that will benefit your organisation. Tate will offer funding, expertise and resources to create the film, in addition to skills development opportunities that could enable you to produce your own films in the future. Tate Media will act as co-producer, helping you manage the financial, production and post-production processes.

You will need to bring a strong idea to the table, a clear interest in using film to illuminate or explore an aspect of your work, and a willingness to collaborate with us to realise this vision.

We are keen to support proposals which include clear thinking about distribution. This could be physical or online, and should both complement and enhance your existing audience engagement strategies. We would also like to profile your film on Tate Online and on Arts Council England’s website.

Submission and selection
We wish to support organisations that employ imaginative approaches to the film’s content or distribution. The film could involve a documentary or narrative about a particular artwork, artist or exhibition; incorporate live performance or installation; or focus on engaging a particular audience group. The film could include historical content, but should present a contemporary viewpoint.

Visit the Tate Channel to see some examples of Tate’s film and broadcast projects.

We will select organisations based on the ideas submitted and benefit to the organisation. If selected, we will fund your film, help you to develop and hone your ideas, source appropriate production personnel and provide you with guidance in filming and post production.

Download the full submission guidelines (PDF, 36K)

The films
We wish support short films (between 3 and 6 minutes long) that:

complement and provide insight into an area of your organisation’s programme;
will add value;
enhance your existing profile and audience engagement activity.
We are not able to support:

The production of Artist’s Moving Image work;

Submissions from individuals;
Proposals that do not evidence thinking around distribution and legacy;
Submissions from organisations with existing capacity and expertise to deliver comparable projects.

For more details, download the full submission guidelines (PDF, 36K)

Art Shorts workshop
On 24 May, Tate is hosting a free workshop for organisations wishing to explore and develop filmmaking within their activities.

Find out more and book a place on the Art Shorts workshop

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