Following programmes of British experimental animation in Warsaw that were supported by British Council Poland and the Film department back in the UK, Arts Council England is backing two UK artists to take up fellowships at two of Poland's leading centres for the visual arts.
Chris Meigh Andrews has been a leading figure in British video since the 1980s. During his time at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, he plans to create a new piece drawing on the work of Tadeusz Rzaca, who was a pioneer in Polish colour photography. John Parry studied at the Royal College of Art and works for Picasso Pictures. He will be based at the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, and intends to animate a trailer for High Noon, inspired by the use of images of Gary Cooper in posters for Solidarity.
Arts Council England and key partners the British Council, Visiting Arts and Triangle Trust, have been piloting the International Artists Fellowship Programme for the last two years. Its main aim is to support artists' research and experimentation with different cultures and geographical contexts, and to allow artists to develop their talents in relation to their hosts and through meeting international colleagues.