Ben Rivers

The films of Ben Rivers are rich, cinematic portraits that explore wilderness environments and self-contained worlds.

Ben Rivers was born in Somerset in 1972. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, 1990 - 1993. He lives and works in London.

He has exhibited at many international film festivals and galleries, and won numerous awards, most recently Tiger Award for Short Film, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008 and Best Film, EXiS, Seoul 2008. He has been the recipient of a number of commissions, including a London Artist's Film and Video Award and he was a Jarman Award 2010 nominee. He won the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts.

Recent shows include: A World Rattled of Habit, A Foundation, Liverpool; An Entangled Bank, group show, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; On Overgrown Paths, Solo Show, Permanent Gallery, Brighton; Nought To Sixty, ICA, London; Syndicate Rokeby, London; Wild Shapes Cell Project Space, London; At The Edge of the World, Solo Show, London Film Festival; If - People and Places in recent film and video, Bloomberg Space, London; We Can Not Exist In This World Alone touring two-person show, New Zealand/Australia.

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Islands in the stream

Writing for Sight & Sound, Lucy Reynolds explores the suspense between fact and fiction in Ben Rivers' Slow Action.

Ben Rivers Artists Talk
25 November 2009, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Join us at the Atelier for an informal evening with the artist Ben Rivers who will discuss the ideas behind his two films Origin of the Species and

'Selected': A Screening
26 May 2011, 6:30pm

A touring programme of artists' moving image screening events curated by shortlisted artists for the 2010 Film London Jarman Award.

Article on the Jarman Awards 2010 on i-D online

Read a short interview with Tate's Stuart Comer on i-D online about the Jarman Awards which this year include Picture This commissioned artists Emily

JARMAN AWARD 2010 Touring Programme
25 September 6:30pm

Film London and Picture This present a special screening showcasing work by the four artists shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Jarman

Picture This commissions in Signal and Noise Festival

Picture This' commissions by Ben Rivers and Hito Steyerl are included in the 'Signal + Noise' Media Art Festival in Vancouver

'Slow Action' listed in films of 2011

This month's BFI Sight & Sound magazine invites 60 international critics to discuss their top-five films of 2011.