Research Projects & Networks

British Art in Motion


British Art in Motion is open to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a university in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and are aged 18 years or older as of 1 April 2023.

The competition is aimed at undergraduate students whose studies engage closely and critically with visual art materials, including art history, architecture, art and film students. We welcome applications from UK-based undergraduate students in other disciplines where there is a demonstrable engagement with art history and methodologies. While we recognise that filmmaking is often a collaborative process, submissions will be accepted only from individual applicants.

Terms and conditions can be found attached to the bottom of this page.

How to Apply

To apply for British Art in Motion, please submit a proposal for a film that:

  1. Focuses on a single work of British art or architecture, from any period
  2. Is between eight and ten minutes in length
  3. Offers fresh perspectives and arguments about the selected work of art or architecture, and demonstrates evidence of extended thinking and research
  4. Showcases creative ways of interpreting works of art in moving image media

This proposal will include:

  1. A five hundred-word film treatment, in which you offer a description of the film’s content, structure, and approaches. If you would like to submit your treatment in an alternative format, such as audio or video, please get in touch with Bryony on
  2. A mood board made up of no more than twenty images, which is designed to give a sense of the film’s visual character.
  3. A bibliography of no more than five hundred words, listing the sources you have consulted in your research for this film.
  4. A completed application form (downloadable from the bottom of this webpage).

All applicants must be available to travel and stay in London during the week 26–30 June 2023 to attend a filmmaking workshop at the Paul Mellon Centre.

Applications for Round One have closed.