Unintended Consequences

Artist Talk

Weston Studio6pm | Free

In conversation with Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta

Exhibiting artists Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta discuss the ideas and motivations behind their works in this in-depth talk. Chaired by curator and writer Ben Borthwick.

Responding to the curatorial theme, Unintended Consequences, the two artists’ works reflect the complex, entangled nature of the present moment, with world events so volatile and turbulent that it’s hard to predict what might happen next.

Maeve Brennan’s LISTENING IN THE DARK gathers a series of subtle but penetrating soundings of human beings’ impact on the natural environment. Its focus is a creature that has often fallen beneath our radar: the bat. Undisturbed, and largely unchanged for millions of years, the bat’s nocturnal rhythms are being increasingly interrupted by the presence of wind turbines.

At a time when social and geopolitical upheaval has prompted the mass displacement and migration of people across the globe, Imran Perretta’s film 15 DAYS examines how the face of the refugee has been dehumanised, often anonymised, and frequently demonised.

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a major annual opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice. The open application programme invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which are selected each year by a panel of experts. Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta were selected from over 170 applicants by Noor Afshan Mirza, artist and co-founder of no.w.here; George Vasey, co-curator, Turner Prize 2017 and curatorial fellow at Newcastle University; Steven Bode, Director, FVU; and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.


Commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences, a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.

Talk starts at 6pm 

Free  – book to secure a place (limited capacity) 

All attendees will receive a half price drinks voucher to spend at our Cafe bar.

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Image: Maeve Brennan, Listening in the Dark still, courtesy of the artist