Research Projects & Networks

British Art in Motion

Applications Are Now Closed for 2024

Have you thought about the potential of the moving image to research and explore art? Do you want to learn more about filmmaking? Perhaps you have something to say about a piece of sculpture or painting, and an essay won’t do the job? Or perhaps a point you wish to make about a textile artist or maker needs something more dynamic than an illustration? Maybe you would like to explore an archive, event or creative provocation?

Entering its third year, the British Art in Motion film competition is for undergraduate students who want to experiment with filmmaking as a research practice. We want to give students the chance to explore the possibilities of filmmaking, and to experiment with how film can be used to offer new, engaging, creative and thought-provoking ways of interpreting works of British art and architecture from all periods.

For eight successful entrants, British Art in Motion will:

  • provide a fully funded trip to London this summer for a specialist programme designed to equip you with all the skills you need to make a short film
  • give you a production fund of £500 to make your film over the summer months
  • provide guidance and mentorship from experts
  • give you the opportunity to see your film screened at a central London cinema, and invite your family and friends to that special evening
  • offer a cash prize of £1,000 for the winning film, and prizes for the runners-up
  • enable you to see your film published on the Paul Mellon Centre’s website

We are committed to ensuring that this opportunity is open and accessible to all, and there is a discretionary budget in place for access needs. For more information see the Access and Funding tab.