A Struggle for Democracy: Images by Shahidul Alam

University Centre Weston is participating in a Mass Exhibition of work by award winning Photographer, human rights activist and digital pioneer Dr Shahidul Alam in support of the campaign to free him. #FreeShahidulAlam

‘Dr Shahidul Alam was arrested, tortured and imprisoned in Dhaka Bangladesh at the beginning of August. Shahidul is an internationally respected photographer, journalist and activist and a good friend and colleague to many of us working in the photography and the academic worlds here in the UK.

University of Sunderland, where Shahidul has been a visiting professor for many years, Autograph and Drik have proposed a mass exhibition of Shahidul’s work in support of the campaign to free him (#FreeShahidulAlam).

Shahidul has been a significant force both in photography and in photographic education and we feel it is essential that we raise our voice in support of him. On 28 October Shahidul is due to be awarded the Lucie Award at Carnegie Hall, New York.'

We invite as many organisations as possible to participate in an exhibition (8 – 28 October 2018) across the UK, in solidarity with the works recently shown at Drik Gallery Bangladesh, under the exhibition title ‘A Struggle for Democracy’. ‘ NEPN

UCW will be exhibiting Dr Shahidul Alam’s work in our Gallery space at University Centre Weston, Loxton Campus, Loxton Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4QU
Monday 15th October - 28th October 2018. Tel: 01934 411 600



Encounters Festival (2018) - International Short Film, Animation and VR

FdA Film & Media Arts Production and BA Lens Based Media students will be attending Encounters Festival / Weds 26, Thurs 27th and Fri 28th SEPTEMBER 2018 / BRISTOL • UK


Encounters is the UK’s leading short film festival, bringing you the best in international short film, animation, and virtual reality. The festival takes place in Bristol on 25-30 September 2018, where you can enjoy screenings, special events, networking and lots, lots more.

FdA Film & Media Arts Production and BA Lens Based Media students will be attending Encounters Festival / Weds 26, Thurs 27th and Fri 28th SEPTEMBER 2018 / BRISTOL • UK

We are subsidising the trip so Costs will just be £20 for all screenings. You will need to make your own way to Bristol, we will meet outside Watershed Cinema each morning at 9.30am

WATERSHED : 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5TX

You will need to pay for this trip via 'the shop


We have the following screenings / visits booked:

Wed 26th September

'Resourceful and resilient, these inspiring characters are seriously put to the test as they navigate day-to-day struggles, personal challenges and wider injustice.'

14:30  NAHEMI
'New graduate talent, NAHEMI screening & awards cermony. The National Associaiton of Higher Education in the Moving Image, presents a programme of some of the most exciting, dynamic and diverse films made in the UK this year by students studying at some of our member institutions. NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education across the UK.'

Thurs 27th September


'Family, it’s complicated. Mums, dads, brothers and sisters take centre stage in this programme of short films exposing those all-too precious, painful and always intricate strings attaching us to our family nest.'


'Different Voices is an ongoing Neurodiverse film talent development programme based in Bristol. The project combines group workshops and 1 to 1 mentoring with professional film makers and aims to foster a new generation of film makers working from a voice that is under represented in mainstream cinema. This screening will include 8 films from our most recent project. After each there will be the opportunity for an open and relaxed discussion with both film makers and audience. There will also be the chance to see the latest trailer/teaser from Dawn of the Dark Fox.'

FRIDAY 28th September


'Dealing with life crisis, personal struggles, difficult feelings and cries for help, these stories open up an honest and stirring insight into mental health and the beauty and complexity of the human mind.'


'The personal is political and in today’s highly charged and dangerous times you would think we haven’t learnt a thing from our past. Do challenging times require challenging minds?'

In addition: You might also be interested in going to additional screenings and events, you will need to book these yourself at: https://encounters-festival.org.uk/programme/

These sound interesting:

Wed 26 September 19:30 Boiling Wells

Compass Presents: ARCADIA at Boiling Wells

'Join us for an expanded cinema screening of the BFI’s newly released folk-horror feature Arcadia , an experimental, visceral archive experience, scored by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).'



UCW Film Showcases 2018

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Our Film and Lens Based Media students from University Centre Weston are putting on these Film showcases next week in Bristol and Weston super Mare.

Film UCW Showcase

Thursday 24th May 6pm, Cineworld, Weston super Mare, BS23 1FF

 Showcase of short films by FdA Film & Media Arts Production and BA Lens Based Media students from University Centre Weston at the new Cineworld in Weston-Super-Mare. For Tickets and more details please visit: http://poool.co.uk/film

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/202943140318487/

Experimental Film & Media Arts Showcase

 Monday 21st May 2018 7pm

 Cube Microplex , BS2 8 Bristol, United Kingdom

Experimental Film & Media Arts Showcase A selection of short films and installations by FdA Film & Media Arts Production students from, University...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/170595773659292/

Creative Arts Summer Show

We will also be showing our films at Creative Arts Summer Show at UCW Loxton Campus, opening night Tuesday June 12th and at UCW  open day on Saturday June 16th.

Collaborative Project with FdA Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production

Great images by Sam Brooks, Peter Harris, Emma Hogg and Oli Phillips from Collaborative Project with FdA Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production; FdA Photography in Practice and BA Lens Based Media, this week at University Centre Weston, Loxton Campus. 
More Photos and Film to follow. Find out more about these courses at: www.ucw.ac.uk 

Photography Studio visit and Exhibitions

Alongside Encounters Film Festival, BA Lens Based Media students will also be visiting the following exhibitions and Photographic studio visit. 

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Studio Visit and Guest Lecture - Jessa Fairbrother


'Photography, performance and a needle are central to Jessa’s practice. She uses the body-as-site to explore communal meanings and is concerned with making explicit the moment when performed gesture and gaze of the viewer collide. She frequently appears in her own images, piercing and embroidering them to employ process as action. Needle perforations and thread puncture the skin of the photograph, extending image-objects beyond a single time and space. Things embody feelings and the body is a material, where experience can manifest itself through stitches.

She completed an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster (2008-10) and developed her practice while working as both lecturer and journalist. Jessa started out concentrating on acting, describing this as the source of her interest in using personal experience to activate transactions between observer and observed.

In 2016 she produced the body of work Conversations with my mother as a limited edition Artist Book. The delicate hand-marked volume with unique perforations is held in various collections including Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, US) and libraries at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK) and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (US). Jessa lives and works in Bristol, UK.'

Thursday 21st September 2017

Sleeping in Public - Installation by Ellen Wilkinson and Katie Davies

A new collaborative moving image commission by writer Ellen Wilkinson and artist Katie Davies that considers what it means to work.

Installation - 2nd Floor Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Somalis in Bristol: Where Are We From and Who Are We Now?

Exhibition - M-Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN

'Produced in collaboration with Black Southwest Network and members of the Somali community, this new display explores the diverse experiences of Somalis living in Bristol today.