Tate St Ives Film

Film For Friday

© Tate. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

In this series of films we look at the themes from the art work on display. All exhibition visitors are welcome to take a seat and enjoy this selection of documentary and artists’ film.


A double bill for April of films by Naomi Frears and EJ Major in relationship to the current exhibition Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings.

Naomi Frears, EJ Major and Melanie Stidolph, Learning Curator, Tate St Ives
Friday 27April, 15.00
Clore Sky Studio

Let Go
Naomi Frears
2 mins, 42 secs, colour, sound, 2017

Let Go, 2017 was made using a Super 8 film camera. The resulting filmed image is shown in between blocks of startling colour. A distant figure stands completely still in four landscapes while a quiet but slightly insistent man encourages you to stop thinking and feel.
Naomi Frears is an artist based in Porthmeor Studios St Ives. She works across multiple platforms. Currently she is developing a project with DJ Luke Vibert as a fieldtrip for Groundwork, a new programme of international contemporary art for Cornwall and making new work as a guest of Plymouth University. Recently commissioned to make a film essay about a well-known sculptor.
Recent activities include co-curating Late at Tate, a night of dance and performance at Tate St Ives in June 2017, winning an award for her film Study In Hindsight, and initiating an inter-disciplinary residency The Long Weekend of Uncertainty at Kestle Barton, a rural contemporary art gallery on the Lizard, Cornwall.

Necessary Conditions
EJ Major
7 mins, 37 secs, colour, sound, 2018
EJ Major’s short film explores the conditions of creativity. Taking imaginative reference from Virginia Woolf’s writing, Major draws on her own material circumstances and reconsiders what it means to have A Room of One’s Own.
EJ Major’s latest solo show, Playing and Reality, was held at Forum fur Fotografie in Cologne in 2016. Major won the International Salon Photo Prize in 2011 and had solo shows at Matt Roberts Gallery in London and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.
Major’s work was featured in the Photo50 exhibition Feminine Masculine, curated by Federica Chiocchetti in 2016 and in Day and Gluckman’s Liberties, an exhibition of contemporary art reflecting on 40 years since the sex discrimination act shown at Collyer Bristow Gallery in London and at The Exchange Gallery Penzance, in 2017.

Film For Friday offers visitors additional perspectives and information on the exhibitions in the gallery, through ideas, documentary footage and related themes. If you have suggestions for films, please email melanie.stidolph@tate.org.uk.

Daisy Lafarge

© Naomi Frears

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