51zero Festival is an ambitious biannual exhibition of artists’ film, moving image and digital art, which extends the moving-image experience across Medway and local communities by showing work in non-traditional art spaces, connecting Medway and its artists to national and international arts programmes.
As an innovative platform for emerging, established and internationally acclaimed artists, 51zero works with local partners and non-arts venues across the Medway Towns, including students, graduates and young people, to realise the potential the arts and creative industries bring to the local creative economy and regeneration.
51zero’s cross-border programmes feature single screen work, performance, and installations by students, alumni and lecturers from University of the Creative Arts and L'École Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, including Loren Beven, Katryn Saqui Jamie Jenkinson, and Stephane Trois Carres, together with presentations of work by established and emerging artist filmmakers from France, Medway and further afield, such as Catherine Linton, Alix Delmas and Bertrand Gadenne.
Highlights of the 2014 edition of the festival 'The Other Side Of Here', which will be touring in 2015 to partner areas in Northern France, also included a world premier of a new musical composition by James Taylor with JTQ and Rochester Cathedral Choir together with films by moving image pioneer Tony Hill; films by Turner Prize winner and Jarman Award nominee Laure Prouvost, and partnership programme of Film London Jarman Award Film Commissions (2009-2013), commissioned by Channel 4.
The festival, made possible through European funds (Interreg - Recreate, ICR) and Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts), provides a fertile ground for dialogue between artists, partners and audiences alike.