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Visions in the Nunnery

Visions in the Nunnery 2020 welcomed lead artists Hetain Patel, Nye Thompson and Benedict Drew, whose work guided the themes and ideas for the exhibition's three programmes. 

Bolton-born and London-based Hetain Patel is the 2019 Jarman Award winner and 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 she will show 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. Benedict also helped the team select works from the open call for his programme. More on Benedict Drew's Programme 3.

Click here to see the Visions 2020 Leaflet


About Visions in the Nunnery

Established in 1999, Visions in the Nunnery is a renowned showcase of moving image, digital and performance art, selected from an international open call.

The show offers an informed overview of the provocative and quick-changing mediums of moving image and performance, with works selected from across the world. Over the years 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.

Now a biennial staple of the Nunnery Gallery programme, the next Visions will be the 12th edition, showing from 24 Sep to 13 Dec 2020 in the Nunnery Gallery. Drawing on its rich history, Visions now invites three established artists to lead programmes for each exhibition, setting the tone and themes for the open call.

Visions in the Nunnery is curated by artist and selector Tessa Garland with Sophie Hill, Director of Arts + Events at Bow Arts. For Visions 2020 artist and curator Kamila Kuc will also be joining the selection team, helping to programme the 2020 exhibition. 

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