aemi commission

aemi / SIRIUS Film Commission 2023:
Lisa Freeman

aemi & SIRIUS are delighted to announce Lisa Freeman as the most recent recipient of their jointly offered commission for 2023.

Lisa Freeman’s films and performances are set within specific geographic and architectural landscapes. They draw into question power structures and explore how intimacy might be employed as a form of resistance. For this commission, Lisa will use an intuitive approach to script writing to develop a narrative that is intrinsically tied to its physical setting. Exploring the tension and connection between architecture and the body, the film will foreground the light and dark shadows of urban space, where public and private moments come directly into contact with one another in unique ways.

Through the commission process, Lisa will receive a fee to create a new moving image work that will be exhibited at SIRIUS in 2024. Lisa will also have access to ongoing support and mentorship throughout the year from aemi and SIRIUS, as well as a residency at SIRIUS.

It’s an incredible opportunity to have this aemi and SIRIUS commission. I couldn’t be happier to be working with Alice, Daniel, Miguel and both teams as I develop my new film. It’s a dream to have both the freedom to create and to share in an ongoing dialogue around my work with both organisations. This commission marks a significant moment in my practice, where I’m excited to develop new work to show in film festivals and international contexts – Lisa Freeman

Artist Biog

Lisa was recently awarded a three-year studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin. Her recent projects include an online solo presentation on ‘aemi online’ (October 2022 – January 2023); Súitú – aemi’s 2023 touring programme, which premiered at Cork International Film Festival (November 2022) and is touring national and international venues in 2023; and an artist publication launch and screening at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (November 2022). Her film Slipped, Fell And Smacked My Face Off The Dance Floor was purchased for the Arts Council of Ireland Collection in 2022. Lisa has received support from The Arts Council, both a Project Award (2022), and a Bursary Award (2020, 2022), as well as Kildare County Council (2016, 2021). She completed an MA in Art & Research Collaboration at IADT, Dublin (2020).


Previous Commissions:

aemi & SIRIUS Commission 2022
Frank Sweeney, 2 Channel Land

In June 2022, aemi launched a new film commission offered for the first time in partnership with SIRIUS in Cobh, Co. Cork.

The partnership between aemi and SIRIUS means the commissioned artist benefits from continued support and mentorship throughout the year from aemi and SIRIUS as well as a residency at SIRIUS. aemi & SIRIUS’ commissioned artist in 2022 is Frank Sweeney.

Frank’s commission, a film called 2 Channel Land, looks at the history of analogue radio and television signals spilling across the borders of Ireland and Britain. Blurring the line between narrative and documentary, the work explores the relationship between these transmissions and collective identities.

aemi Film Commission 2021
Myrid Carten, Sorrow had a baby

In 2021 aemi offered its first commission in support of a new work by the artist Myrid Carten. Since it’s premiere at Cork International Film Festival Myrid’s film has screened extensively at both festivals and in exhibitions. Myrid is now hard at work on her feature debut which picks up on themes established in Sorrow Had a Baby. More info here

This is a still from the film '2 Channel Land' (2022) by Frank Sweeney. A person with strawberry blonde hair walks along an empty road that marks the border between two areas in Northern Ireland. The road's surface shifts from one shade of grey to another, clearly indicating the presence of a border line. It is a country lane is flanked by tall green bushes and trees on either side. The camera is positioned behind them, and there is a cloudy, grey-blue sky ahead. They are dressed in a white Stetson hat, sky-blue trousers, and an embellished sky-blue jacket with blue fringe on the sleeves. The jacket features an image of a radio transmitter on the back, surrounded by lightning bolts, a line drawing of the Irish border, clouds, grass, and soil.

Frank Sweeney, 2 Channel Land, 2022, Ireland, 15 mins, aemi/ Sirius Film Commission 2022, image courtesy of the artist

Myrid Carten, Sorrow had a baby, 2021, Ireland, 16 minutes, film still courtesy of the artist