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25 – 28 April 2003, ICA, The Mall, London, SW1


“Just for your work to be seen and commented on is an encouragement… having enough to pay your rent and fund the making of your next piece is a major plus” Sam Taylor-Wood, interviewed in The Times

Beck’s Bier and the ICA are delighted to announce the shortlist for the fourth annual BECK’S FUTURES STUDENT PRIZE FOR FILM AND VIDEO – the award for current art and film students, worth £5,000, which is part of Beck’s Futures 2003, the UK’s most generous arts award. This year’s shortlist has been selected by artist Sam Taylor-Wood and designer Peter Saville.

ykjtktNiall Macdonald, Partial Manifestation

Established in 1999, Beck’s Futures Student Prize for Film and Video profiles and supports students of film and fine art at UK institutions, and gives them the chance to have their work exhibited at the ICA and to win up to £2,000.

This year’s shortlist features fourteen artists, providing a fresh look at up-and-coming student work, and reflecting a range of approaches including performance art, narrative, design and fashion, animation and documentary.

The shortlisted works are on show at the ICA from 25-28 April. The winner will be announced by Sam Taylor-Wood at the Beck’s Futures 2003 Awards Night on 29 April. The first prize winner will receive £2,000, with a second prize of £1,000 and four runner-up prizes of £500 each.

The shortlisted artists are David Blandy, Slade School of Fine Art: The Meaning of Life; Jemima Burrill, Chelsea College of Art: Mouthwash; Herman Crona, Surrey Institute of Art & Design: A Small Dream About Poetry; Lisa Extra, Chelsea College: The Girl and the Suitcase; Frederico Fazenda, Royal College of Art: Spitswitch; Xiaolu Guo, The National Film & TV School: Far and Near; Richard Holgate, Central St Martins College: Family Portrait: Breaking the Silence; Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Central St Martins College: Blood and Xerox; Emily Larlham, Slade School of Fine Art: Bridge; Niall Macdonald, University of Glasgow: Partial Manifestation; Matthew Murdoch, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design: Numbers; Noriko Okaku, Chelsea College of Art and Design: Hellobye; Ah Bin Shim, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design: My Life Starts My Life Ends; Hyun-Jung Yun, Goldsmith's College: Why the bird could not fly...
Last year’s winner, Anja Kirschner, a final-year student at the Slade School of Fine Art, beat over two hundred students to the top prize of £2,000. She comments: “The best thing about the Student Prize was making friends with the other shortlisted artists. To have work included in Beck's opened doors; people generally give you that extra bit of respect and good faith, and that really helps getting your work out. The icing on the cake was when I was announced the winner.”

zjfjfjzrjyjjNoriko Okaku, Hellobye

Since winning, Anja has shown work at London’s Randomize Film & Video Festival (2002), which toured South East Asia, the York International Festival of Digital Arts (2002) and has an exhibition at Munich’s Otto Gallery confirmed for November 2003. Anja is currently applying for a scholarship to start an MA in digital filmmaking at the UCLA in 2004.

ANDY NEAL, BRAND DIRECTOR, SCOTTISH COURAGE: "Beck's is once again delighted to support the Student Prize for Film and Video as part of its Beck's Futures Sponsorship Programme. It's relationship with contemporary arts, now spanning 18 years, is at the core of Beck's success in the UK and continues to provide an exciting showcase for young artistic talent."

PHILIP DODD, DIRECTOR, ICA: “Films can now be as easily seen in galleries as they can in cinemas. This is a testament to the centrality that film and video have for all of us. Beck’s Futures Student Prize for Film and Video doesn’t distinguish between film art and film film. That’s just how it ought to be.”



Ah Bin Shim, My Life Starts My Life Ends


PETER SAVILLE has been one of the UK’s most significant and successful designers since the early 1980s, influencing a huge range of high profile fashion, music, popular culture and graphic designs for nearly 25 years. As art director at Factory Records, he was responsible for creating the visual identities of Joy Division and New Order, which led to collaborations with numerous musical legends, from Peter Gabriel to George Michael. Peter Saville is currently working on a design campaign to launch a new perfume for Stella MaCartney, and a major retrospective of his work will open at the Design Museum in March.

SAM TAYLOR-WOOD lives and works in London and is one of the leading figures of the contemporary British art scene. Working predominantly with film and photography, she repeatedly examines emotional states of alienation, isolation and vulnerability through choreographed photographic scenes and video installations. Exhibiting her work since 1991, Taylor-Wood merges classical references with contemporary media, to investigate the complexities of the psychological condition. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, the first retrospective of her work was shown at the Hayward Gallery in 2002.

Further information on Beck's Futures 2003 and the Student Prize for Film and Video, past and present, can be obtained from

Tickets & Box Office Information: 020 7930 3647 /

Entrance to Student Films is free with entry to the Beck’s Futures exhibition in the main ICA galleries: Mon – Fri: £1.50, £1.00 Concs. FREE to ICA members; Sat & Sun: £2.50, £1.50 Concs. FREE to ICA members

For further press information, please contact: Emma Pettit, 020 7766 1406 or email



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1.) David Blandy (b. 1976, British)
The Meaning of Life, 2002, 30 minutes
MA Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art

2a - c.) Jemima Burrill (b. 1970, British)
Mouthwash, 2002, 3 mins
2nd year, BA Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art

3.) Herman Crona (b. 1976, Swedish)
A Small Dream About Poetry, 2002, 7 minutes
3rd year BA Film & Video/ New Media, Surrey Institute of Art & Design

4.) Lisa Extra (b. 1980, German)
The Girl and the Suitcase, 2002, 4 minutes 15 seconds
3rd year BA Fine Art Media, Chelsea College

5.) Frederico Fazenda (b. 1978, Portugese)
Spitswitch, 2003, 2 minutes 45 seconds
MA Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art

6.) Xiaolu Guo (b. 1973, Chinese)
Far and Near, 2002, 21 minutes
Visiting Scholar, Documentary Direction, The National Film & TV School

7.) Richard Holgate (b. 1980, British)
Family Portrait: Breaking the Silence, 2002, 7 minutes 30seconds
3rd year BA Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art and Design

8.) Pil & Galia Kollectiv (b. 1975 and 1976, Israeli)
Blood and Xerox, 2001, 4 minutes
MA Communication Design, Central St Martins College of Art and Design

9.) Emily Larlham (b. 1979, British)
Bridge, 2003, 3 minutes 13 seconds
Final year BA Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art

10.) Niall Macdonald (b. 1980, British)
Partial Manifestation, 2002, 2 minutes 30 seconds
3rd year BA Film Studies & Literature, University of Glasgow

11.) Matthew Murdoch (b. 1980, British)
Numbers, 2002, 5 minutes
3rd year BA Film and Video, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design

12.) Noriko Okaku (b. 1979, Japanese)
Hellobye, 2003, 10 minutes
3rd year BA Fine Art Media, Chelsea College of Art and Design

13.) Ah Bin Shim (b. 1976, South Korean)
My Life Starts My Life Ends, 2001, 3 minutes
MSc IN Electronic Imaging, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

14.) Hyun-Jung Yun (b. 1976, South Korean)
Why the bird could not fly..., 2001, 2 minutes 21 seconds
MA Image & Communication, Goldsmith's College, London


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