Art Film Season 2024

This year we present a series of artist film screenings from the University of Salford Art Collection, each with an international focus, at the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery from March to June 2024.

Screening Schedule:

4 – 8th March: Home from Home
18th March – 3rd April: Parham Ghalamdar
10th – 24th April: Shezad Dawood
2nd – 15th May: Antony Barkworth-Knight
23rd May – 7th June: Elliott Flanagan
18th – 28th June: Nicola Dale & Florence Lam

Visit in person:
10am to 4pm, New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, University of Salford. Click here for our access information. The Gallery is currently closed for changeover. The next instalment of the film season will open from noon on the 18th of June. 

View online:
Enjoy our season from home here on our website!
Currently screening: Elliott Flanagan’s A Piece of Something Bigger (2018)
Click here to view.

Previous screenings:

2nd – 15th May

Antony Barkworth-Knight
Homage to the Rain (2019)
HD Video
Duration: 12 minutes

Homage to the Rain is an artist’s film which celebrates rain around the globe and explores how we react to it and how it changes our lives. Including video clips from across the globe, the film was produced via an online open call for contributors to send mobile phone clips of local rainfall.

Homage to the Rain was co-commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection with Quays Culture, and first premiered Lightwaves Festival, Salford Quays, Dec 2019.

10th – 24th April

Shezad Dawood
Leviathan Cycle, Episode 1: Ben (2017)
HD Video
Duration: 12 minutes 52 seconds

In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores the notions of marine welfare, migration and mental health and their possible interconnections.

Leviathan is an ambitious ten-part film cycle conceived and directed by artist Shezad Dawood. Episode 1 of the cycle, Ben was commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection and Leviathan – Human and Marine Ecology, with support from The Contemporary Art Society. The film is a visual feast of found footage, carefully edited with new film and images which are set against spoken word (almost poetry) and accompanied by a powerful soundtrack.  Ben, the narrator of the film, recalls childhood memories of visiting his marine biologist father’s place of work, The Natural History Museum in London. These memories are intertwined with
the back-story of a global disaster which sets the narrative of the Leviathan Cycle.

Commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection, Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Leviathan – Human & Marine Ecology, with support from the Contemporary Art Society.

A drawing in black showing a bird sat on a branch. The background is a baby blue colour.

18th March – 3rd April

Parham Ghalamdar
Birds or Borders (2020)
Digital animation
Duration: 6 minutes 12 seconds

Birds or Borders uses stop-motion animation techniques, drawing, collage and archival footage. The film engages with socio-political subjects around freedom of movement, border control, and uncertain futures in the context of global upheavals. Co-commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery.

4th – 8th March

Open Eye Gallery special

Home from Home project

Home From Home is presented as part of the exhibition tour of Home, on display at the New Adelphi March – May 2024. It follows the international symposium, Researching and Curating Photography from Ukraine, presented by Open Eye Gallery at New Adelphi Building, Salford, March 2024. In the film, Ukrainian curators, photographers and citizens talk about home and what it means to them; layered with responses by UK poets including former University Chancellor and current Professor of Creative Writing, Jackie Kay CBE.

Filmed in both Ukraine and Liverpool. Produced by Hurricane Films and Arthouse Traffic Films. A Hurricane Films production in association with Twenty One Media (Edge Hill University). Copyright Hurricane Films 2023.

Funders: DCMS, The British Council, Spirit of 2012, Arts Council England. Commissioned for EuroFestival by Culture Liverpool / Liverpool City Council.