ACMI + Artbank Commission

Supporting artists and filmmakers working at the nexus of art and film.

The Artbank + ACMI Commission provides support for Australian artists and filmmakers to make a new, ambitious and experimental screen-based work, and to explore new forms and methodologies in their practice. Each year, over a total of three years, one artist or filmmaker will be awarded $70,000 and an ACMI X industry membership.

Targeting the intersection of art and film, the commission is designed to engage with cinema, experimental film, artists’ film and the avant-garde to create ambitious, experimental works which can find a home on the cinema screen or in the gallery space. 

Works commissioned through the Artbank + ACMI Commission will enter into the Artbank and ACMI collections.

Reko Rennie: 'What Do We Want'

2020 recipient

Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie has been awarded the $70,000 commission for 2020.

Rennie’s proposed multi-channel video work, entitled What Do We Want, will draw on 1970s Blaxploitation films and his own 25 years of martial arts practice in Melbourne’s western suburbs to probe political, environmental and social questions.

What Do We Want will be exhibited at ACMI in 2021. 

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