Joanna Byrne West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Joanna Byrne is an artist-filmmaker, photographer, writer & creative educator based in Leeds/Bradford. Byrne creates 'tactile' films & expanded cinema works exploring alternative processes in photochemical image-making. She writes about art & film and is interested in experimental film practices, artist's texts & photo-collage. She also teaches creative filmmaking to people from all walks of life

I am a Leeds/Bradford based artist-filmmaker, photographer, writer and creative educator. I create 'tactile' films that draw on alternative, hand-made processes for photo-chemical image-making. Exploring the physical nature of celluloid, I often work with 'found' footage (35mm slide, super 8 and 16mm film), and incorporate material traces of the filmmaker into my still and moving images. I perform my films too – improvising with live projections and sound to create immersive expanded cinema experiences.

My independent and collaborative films/performances have been presented at screenings, festivals and group exhibitions including: The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Art Festival, Chisenhale Gallery, Lo and Behold, Jerwood Gallery, Leeds International Film Festival, Whitstable Biennale, FACT, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Exploding Cinema, The Arnolfini, Sheffield DocFest.

I write about art and cinema and am especially interested in experimental film practices, photo-collage and artist's texts. I regularly publish in the online art journals a-n and Corridor 8, and I have had artist’s texts, films and stills published in Found Footage Magazine and SoAnyway. My experimental text on the cult sci-fi film Spectres of the Spectrum (1999) will be featured in the forthcoming book ‘Craig Baldwin: Avant to Live!’ This retrospective, a collaboration between Incite!: A Journal of Experimental Media and San Francisco Cinematheque will be published later in 2022.

I have a socially-engaged practice, and collaboration with other artists and engaging people in participatory art and creative activities are important to me. I have 15 years’ experience as an art educator, teaching creative filmmaking and writing in both formal and informal learning contexts: high profile galleries and museums, educational institutions, film/arts festivals, artist run spaces/studios and community settings. Partners have included: The Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Britain, BFI Southbank, The Chisenhale Gallery, CCA, HOME, FACT, Abandon Normal Devices, Turner Contemporary Margate, Royal College of Art, The Whitworth Gallery, Sheffield DocFest, Leeds International Film Festival, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Flatpack Festival, IKON, MAC, National Media Museum, Bedford Creative Arts, Leeds Lit Fest/Pavilion and the Hyde Park Picture House, the East Leeds Project/NHS.


Unravel NYC, 2016


Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise [Conceal], 16mm film performance, cosmetics, optical and magnetic sound, 2009-2012


Meeting Halfway (2022), Film [super 8 and 16mm performance], 2022


Screen Kiss (2013-2017), 16mm film, cosmetics, optical and magnetic sound [live], 2017


Unprojectable (2021), 16mm film [transferred to digital video], 2021


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