We are delighted to announce the winner of the Idea Of A Pier Short Film Challenge is James Cox, a 22 year old second-year BA Graphic Design for Digital Media student at the University of Brighton. James is awarded a £300 prize from the De La Warr Pavilion, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool and Berwick Visual Arts. His film, entitled Pier was shown in the ground floor gallery at DLWP on Saturday 27 January along with work by 14 other entrants.

In response to The Way Things Are – a sculpture of an idea of a pier by Roy Voss – an open call was made inviting people to create a short film that conjured up their own “idea of a pier”.  It could be a place of adventure, coming of age, romance, dazzling engineering, ghosts, or something else altogether. The creative challenge was open to everyone, including professionals, students, enthusiasts and first-time filmmakers.

Ashley McCormick, Head of Learning and Participation at DLWP, said

“James’ film stood out as a skillful and original piece of work. Abstract geometries collide to grow a fantasy pier for Bexhill, pulsing with light and life. We were impressed that James composed the music as well as producing the animation.”

We would like thank all the filmmakers who took up the challenge and whose work showed a wide variety of creative and individual responses. All films can be seen on our YouTube Channel.

They are :

Sara Ehrlichova : Ode To Pier

Project Artworks : All Done Up

Aida Hamed : Air and Water

Little Common School: Idea of a Pier

April Yasamee : Pier to Me

Eddie Stuart: Mr & Mrs White

Anna-Maria Nibirye : No Word for Pier in Lusoga

Lynn Dennison : Journey to the End of the Pier

Mike Bell : West Pier

James Cox : Pier

Lucy Jane Crowley :Space and Time

Joanna Baker : Consort

Stark Cheung : The Letter to Horizontal

Rhiannon Rolf : Expression on the Pier

Denney Smith : Pier Runner

The Way Things Are can be seen at Grundy Gallery, Blackpool 24 March – 23 June and in Berwick later in 2018

Posted by Tara Neville on Monday 29 January 2018