About the commission
A joint initiative of Artbank and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The Artbank + ACMI Commission is the first commission of its kind in Australia and will support artists and filmmakers working at the nexus of film and art.
Over three years, the Artbank + ACMI Commission will provide 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 one artist or filmmaker will be awarded $70,000 and an ACMI X industry membership.
Applicants are encouraged to consider longer format work, and collaborations between creative disciplines are welcomed. Targeting the nexus between film and art, 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.
The commission is not currently accepting applications.
Established in 1980, Artbank’s two core objectives are to support Australian contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work and to promote the value of Australian contemporary art to the broader public. The Artbank collection is comprised of approximately 10,000 works by over 3500 artists, across media, and includes some of the best examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia art produced over the last four decades. Artbank makes this work accessible through an art leasing program which is accessed by corporate, private and government clients nationally and internationally.
Artist and activist Zanny Begg was the recipient of the inaugural $70,000 Artbank + ACMI Commission for her video installation The Beehive, about the murder of Sydney activist Juanita Nielsen.
Based on the unsolved murder of famous Sydney anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen in 1975, The Beehive examines themes of gentrification, corruption, sex-work, feminism and non-conformist lifestyles. Created using an algorithm, the film is randomly compiled from a reservoir of scripted fictions, documentary interviews and choreographed sequences exploring the implications of this infamous cold case and how they can applied today. Using the tropes of true crime, the work morphs and evolves with each viewing, offering audiences different glimpses and interpretations of the crime. The work was premiered at ACMI and has since been shown as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival at the UNSW Art Gallery.