Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020 Hindsight: Open Call for Artists - deadline 8/4/19

With a newly increased budget of £25,000 the #JerwoodFVUAwards 2020 are looking for a new moving-image work responding to the theme 'Hindsight'. Previous recipients include Lawrence Lek, Marianna Simnett and Maeve Brennan

Call for entries: Monday 11 February – Monday 8 April 2019

All applications are free of cost.

NB: Applicants must have been working within moving-image for less than 5 years. 


‘Hindsight is always 20/20’, said the great film director Billy Wilder – giving voice to a feeling, shared by many, that life, for all its mystery and complexity, would be so much more explicable and fulfilling if we had understood in the past what we are able to see all too clearly today.

At what will be the start of a new decade, hoping to free itself from the shadow of recent turbulence and austerity, acknowledging past lessons (or mistakes) in pursuit of new alternatives may well become the order of the day.  Hindsight may be 20/20, but foresight is always 50/50, as one wag who wasn’t Billy Wilder once said – meaning that while the past reveals itself in stark outlines, the future is uncertain and equivocal. But the best guide to what is coming can often be found in the present, and in earlier experiences and precedents. 

For that reason, we would like you to explore the contemporary significance of ‘hindsight’ in broad and imaginative ways, drawing on diverse inspirations, from the influence of history, from the lexicon of cultural memory, or from the back-story of immediate personal experience. Or your idea could revolve around a particular insight or observation; such as a reflection, for example, on how modern technological communication increasingly incorporates a review or overview function: scrolling you through a timeline, sending you back to a particular point in time, like the Facebook Memories feature, or directing you the beginning of an email thread.

Hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing. We look forward to seeing what you make of it.

More info: https://www.jerwoodfvuawards.com/about-us/awards-editions/hindsight