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Visions in the Nunnery

Visions in the Nunnery is our renowned showcase of moving image, digital and performance art, selected from an international open call. Taking place every other year in the Nunnery Gallery, Visions 2022 will be the next edition; our 2022 lead artists and open call details will be announced shortly.

Visions offers an informed overview of the provocative and quick-changing mediums of moving image and performance, presenting works from across the world. Every year we run three programmes and invite three lead artists, renowned for their innovation in the digital field, to head and inspire each one. The ideas of the three lead artists support the selection process and set the tone for the wider exhibition.

Visions 2020 presented works from over 34 countries, headed by lead artists Hetain Patel (winner of the 2019 Jarman Award), Nye Thompson (2021 Lumen Prize gold winner) and Benedict Drew. Shown mid-pandemic, the exhibition took place partly in the Nunnery Gallery as well as online.

Established in 1999 and now planning for its 13th edition, Visions has exhibited artists including Oreet Ashery, Tacita Dean, Ori Gersht, Dryden Goodwin, Susan Hiller, Mikhail Karikis, Tina Keane, Lawrence Lek, Uriel Orlow and Heather Phillipson, many at the very early stages of their careers.

Visions in the Nunnery is curated by artist and selector Tessa Garland with Sophie Hill, Director of Arts + Events at Bow Arts.


Read more about Visions 2020 and lead artists Hetain Patel, Nye Thompson and Benedict Drew

Bolton-born and London-based Hetain Patel is known for his beautifully shot films and resonating performances, which look to connect marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. More on Hetain Patel's Programme 1.

Technical innovator Nye Thompson's work is celebrated for its often weird and unsettling effect, as she pushes the boundaries of digital art by creating data-generating artist software systems to explore the often hidden impact of new technologies. For Visions 2020 she unveiled a new work commissioned by The Lowry’s WEEK 53 Festival, /artefact, which virtually builds a colossal dividing wall on the un-walked territories of Mars. More on Nye Thompson's Programme 2.

Film-maker, composer and sculptor Benedict Drew's immersive, energetic works of sound and vision are surreal and probing, often commenting on current political and environmental issues. More on Benedict Drew's Programme 3.

Click here to see the Visions 2020 Leaflet

We would like to acknowledge all previous Visions supporters including Arts Council England, Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF), Film and Video Umbrella (FVU), LUX, Jane England Gallery and Queen Mary University of London.