Picture This to merge with Spike Island
20th March 2013

In April Picture This will merge with Spike Island.

Its AV equipment hire, production and post-production services will continue to operate as before, but now under the auspices of Spike Island. Its final two projects - a new film by Cara Tolmie and a specially commissioned project curated by James Richards - will take place at Spike Island.

It is hoped that the invaluable contribution made by the organisation to the culture of artists' film and video in Britain will continue to be felt regionally, nationally and internationally. Spike Island, already a strong supporter of film and video, will now have the equipment, expertise and experience that made Picture This such a unique and respected organisation. Spike Island's strong artistic and education programmes will be enriched by this new resource, which will enable it to commission and produce new works as well as exhibit them.

We would like to thank the staff, artists, curators, technicians and volunteers who have helped to make Picture This a world leader in artists' film and video production and exhibition. We would also like to thank Picture This' excellent past directors, who have, since the organisation's formation in 1992, contributed to the vibrancy of the arts scene in the region, and nationally, by commissioning and producing works by internationally renowned artists including Rosalind Nashashibi, Marcus Coates, Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, John Smith, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Lucy Gunning, Mariele Neudecker, Ryan Gander and Emily Wardill.

In particular we would like to thank current director Dan Kidner, who has presided over the organisation during the last 14 months, and whose tireless work has secured a lasting legacy for Picture This by finding a new home for the core functions of the organisation and its archive. In addition, his critical and dynamic programme over the last year (including new commissions from Jimmy Robert and Cara Tolmie, a retrospective of the work of Marc Karlin and the new curated project by James Richards), realised under difficult circumstances, signalled a new and exciting direction for the organisation.

Resulting from a coalition between the resources and membership of the Bristol Film Workshop and Watershed video department, Picture This has been a vital point of support and advocacy for the practice of artists' film and video. From its beginnings, rooted in the ethics of the film workshop movements of the 1970s and 80s, it has established itself as a commissioning organisation with an ambitious programme with national and international reach. The impressive and diverse back catalogue of projects attest to its supportive and collaborative approach to working with artists. Hundreds of artists have benefited from its support as commissioner and exhibitor, and from the residency programme it has run within its studio space at Spike Island since 2007. Picture This was also one of the first UK organisations to encourage a discursive culture around the emerging practice of artists' film and video, through its DVD and print publications, events, courses and workshops. These will continue to be available from the distributor Cornerhouse. Its paper archive will be housed at the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins and many of its works are available to hire from LUX or Spike Island.

We'd like to thank once again all those who have supported Picture This over the years, including all the production and exhibition partners, and the public who engaged with our projects and exhibitions. 

For further information about Picture This' archive, back catalogue and current programme please contact Ali Roche at Spike Island

For enquiries about AV equipment hire, production or exhibition services please contact Andy Moss at Spike Island



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From April AV equipment and production services will be available from Spike Film and Video. Our AV services will continue as usual during the merger


Picture This works with contemporary artists’ film and video through commissioning, exhibition and research.