10am - 1pm
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Building a Practice in Artist Film: session for graduating students/ emerging artists

27 April 2022 / 10am - 1pm / Online Event
Presentations between 10am and 1pm
This free, online event is designed for graduating students and early career artists interested in working with artist film

aemi (Artists’ & Experimental Moving Image) is an Irish Arts Council-funded organisation that supports artist and experimental filmmakers and regularly presents screenings of their work

This event is designed to provide upcoming and recent graduates who work with the moving image, experimental film, animation and VR.


‘Building a practice in artist film’ is a morning online event for graduating students on film courses and visual art courses with moving image strands across the country. We are delighted that The Arts Council and film artists Myrid Carten and Frank Sweeney will join aemi to look at approaches to artist filmmaking as a professional practice, by introducing funding and support options available after graduation. People will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about funding opportunities and supports in Ireland for film artists.

Live captions will be provided throughout the event.


10:00 – 11:00 Presentation by The Arts Council
aemi Co-Directors Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick will introduce Fionnuala Sweeney and Audrey Keane from The Arts Council who will talk through the various awards offered to emerging artists through category of Film

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 Presentations by film artists Myrid Carten and Frank Sweeney
Both Myrid Carten and Frank Sweeney have received film funding from The Arts Council in the past. Their work has screened at international film festivals and been presented within exhibitions. This session will provide first-hand accounts of what it’s like to build a career in artist/ experimental film after finishing college or university. The two artists will discuss and contrast their experiences so far, and offer ideas and suggestions around how to approach a career in this area

12:15 – 13:00 Follow-up conversation with aemi
aemi will speak about what we do as film programmers, and how we provide regular supports to film artists.


There are limited places available, please book via Eventbrite. If you have any questions about this event, contact us at [email protected]


Myrid Carten is an Irish filmmaker who makes films for cinema exhibition and galleries. Her work has been broadcast and screened internationally. She’s received commissions and funding from the BFI, NI Screen, Elephant Trust, Stuart Croft Foundation, and Screen Ireland. Her debut feature was selected for Screen Ireland’s ‘The Voice’ 2020 and won the DocsIE Pitch Award in 2019. Her work has been supported by the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios Project Studio Award, aemi Commission Award, Fire Station Artist Studios Digital Media Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and The Arts Council of Ireland. She was a recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Artist Award 2018-19. Mother’s Tank Station are currently exhibiting her first solo show in Ireland ‘Preta: Hungry Ghost’. Her work will also be shown in 2022 at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Glebe Gallery, and Lismore Castle. Myrid’s work is the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection and The Arts Council of Ireland Collection.

Frank Sweeney is an artist with a research-based practice, using found materials to approach questions of collective memory, experience and identity through film and sound. Recent work includes ‘People enjoy my company’ (Transmediale Berlin 2021, IMMA 2021-22, Cork International Film Fest 2021, BFI Southbank 2022) and Made Ground (Temple Bar Gallery+Studios 2021), purchased for the Arts Council Collection in 2020.


A colour headshot of Frank Sweeney, one of the film artists who will speak at aemi's upcoming online event 'Building a Practice in Artist Film'. Frank is a white man with short curly brown hair, wearing a black jumper. He is smiling and is sitting in front of a blank grey wall, light shines in from one side. The photograph is a polaroid and a white border frames the image.

Frank Sweeney, Film Artist

A black and white headshot of Myrid Carten, one of the film artists who will speak at aemi's upcoming event 'Building a Practice in Artist Film', she is a light skinned person, has wavy shoulder-length blonde hair, and is smiling

Myrid Carten, Film Artist