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Huw Wahl | b.1985 London | filmmaker, photographer, artist


My work as a filmmaker and artist has been screened internationally at film festivals, art galleries, universities and social centres, as well as and being featured in magazines like Sight and Sound and The Wire. On occasion I have also written in academic journals, magazines, given papers at conferences, and taught short film and photography courses in university and community settings.

I began working seriously with image and sound in 2011, when I received a postgraduate bursary from the Royal Photographic Society to produce the audio-visual project 'Negotiating Representation in Israel and Palestine', which used photography and sound to look at how the occupation is perceived by photographers living in the region.

After that, with the experience of being part of a loose media collective of visual anthropologists, I made my first film 'To Hell with Culture' in 2014. THWC is about the poet, writer and committed anarchist Sir Herbert Read, who died in 1968. It uses his poetry to explore theories of art, anarchism and philosophy.

In 2016 I produced my second feature film 'Action Space', traversing the family history of the performance and inflatable group set up by my father in 1968. A large inflatable was designed and built at Ambika P3 gallery with the help of Architects of Air, a group of student volunteers, and original Action Space members, providing an event space to be used within the making of the film and later in its screening. In 2016 I also produced my first short film, shot on 16mm, titled 'Everything Lives: looking at the artist as father' - an intimate portrait of my father's life in the Cornish town of St Ives as he turns ninety, and a study of our relationship.

Commissioned works include documentation and collaboration with artists, co-direction of film projects with academic artistic researchers, and professional video production for organisations such as the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry and Ambika P3 Gallery. My films have received funding from organisations such as The Henry Moore Foundation, Arts Council England and the Royal Photographic Society, and won awards: 'Action Space' won FILAF Prix d'argent in Perpignan in 2016 and 'Wonderland: the art of becoming human' on which I was cinematographer and editor won the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Award (Utopia category).

Currently I am working on a series of commissioned films for the Whitworth Art Gallery about The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, and a 16mm hand processed B&W feature film in collaboration with the poet Stephen Watts, which is in post-production and due for release in 2019.

Get in touch at huwwahl[at]gmail[dot]com


CV

DIRECTED FILMS
2019    (In production) The Republics
            A film with the poet and translator Stephen Watts
2017    My Recoverist Family (40m)
            A film about the non-linearity of recovery from substance use within the LGBT+ community
            Co-directed with Amanda Ravetz
2016    Everything Lives: looking at the artist as father (24m)
            A short 16mm film about my father
2016    Action Space (1h 26m)
            Award winning experimental film and inflatable project about the radical 60s art group Action Space
2014    To Hell with Culture (55m)
            A film about the poet, writer, art critic and anarchist, Sir Herbert Read
2012    Negotiating Representation: In Israel and Palestine (15m)
            A photography and audio project about photographers working in Israel and Palestine

ROLES ON OTHER PRODUCTIONS
2016    Wonderland: the Art of Becoming Human (17m)
            DOP and editor on award winning short film about AHRC funded, co-produced arts project
            exploring the utopian impulses of recovery, in collaboration with Cristina Nunez and Amanda Ravetz
2013    Helpyourself Manchester (54m)
            Co-director of a collectively made film about DIY music in Manchester in the early 2000s

EDUCATION
2012    MA in Photography, University of Central Lancashire

AWARDS and GRANTS
2018    Arts Council England grant to produce 'Republics'
2017    PORe commission to co-direct My Recoverist Family with Amanda Ravetz
2016    AHRC research in film Utopia award for Wonderland: the Art of becoming Human
2016    FILAF Prix d'argent (silver), award for Action Space film
2015    Henry Moore Foundation, the Michael Davies Charitable settlement
            and the University of Sheffield Special Collections provide funding to produce Action Space
2013    Arts Council England grant to produce To Hell with Culture
2011    Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary Award

SELECTED SCREENINGS/EXHIBITIONS/WORKSHOPS/TALKS
2019    REELHEART international Film Festival, Vancouver - screening of My Recoverist Family
2019    London Short Film Festival - Screening of Action Space
2018    FUTURE SHORTS, Worldwide - Everything Lives included in the summer program 2018
2018    REEL Recovery Film Festival, New York - screening of My Recoverist Family
2018    NGBK, Berlin - screening of Action Space as part of Floating Utopias exhibition
2018    Manchester University - screening of Action Space as part of symposium
            'Cultural Democracy - yesterday, today and tomorrow'
2017    Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester - screening of My Recoverist Family
            + panel with Huw Wahl, Amanda Ravetz, David Hoyle, Mark Prest & Will Self
2017    Krafta International Film Festival, Glasgow - screening of Action Space
2017    Architects of Air Inflatable, Barnsley - screening of Action Space
2017    Open City Documentary Festival, London - screening of Everything Lives
2017    Action Space part of Abacus group exhibition at Bluecoat, Liverpool
            + screening of Everything Lives film with Q&A
2017    MAC Birmingham - Part of Futuremakers exhibition with Action Space display,
            film and archive
2017    Riga Pasaules Film Festival, Latvia - screening of Wonderland: the Art of becoming Human
2017    Cheapcuts Short Film Festival, London - screening of Everything Lives
2017    Rogue Cinema, Manchester - screening of Action Space
2017    Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield - screening of Action Space
2017    Somerset House, London - screening of Action Space
2016    Regent Street Cinema, London - screening of Action Space
2016    FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris - screening of Action Space
2016    Leeds International Film Festival 2016 - screening of Action Space
2016    FILAF film festival, Perpignan, France - screening of Action Space
2016    Flatpack Film festival, Birmingham - UK premiere screening and 3-day inflatable installation
            of Action Space
2015    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - screening 15min edit of AMM performance
            from Action Space
2015    P3 gallery, Westminster University - 7-day inflatable building workshop for installation of Action Space
2015    Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen - Guest lecture about To Hell with Culture
2014    Modern Art Oxford - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Newbridge Art Project, Newcastle - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    University of Central Lancashire - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Larnaca College, Cyprus - Screening and Talk on To Hell with Culture
            as part of the 'fine arts speaker series'
2014    University of Nicosia, Cyprus - Screening of To Hell with Culture as part of the 'fine arts speaker series'
2014    Upperspace, Manchester - Screening of To Hell with Culture as part of Politika exhibition
2014    The Tetley, Leeds - Screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Chelsea College of Art and Design, London - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Beacons festival, Skipton - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    DOKU.ARTS Film festival, Berlin, Germany - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    The Bluecoat, Liverpool - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Leeds International Film festival - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Goldsmiths University - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Chicago, University of Eastern Illinois - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Anarchist Studies Conference, Loughborough University - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Queens College, Oxford University - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Helmsley Arts Centre - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Federation House/Castlefield Gallery - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Edinburgh College of Art - screening of To Hell with Culture
2014    Institute of Contemporary Art, London - UK premiere screening of To Hell with Culture
2013    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada - Public lecture on To Hell with Culture and Herbert Read
2013    Equations film festival, Kingsgate Gallery, London - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2013    NTS Radio - audio screening of Negotiating Representation: In Israel and Palestine
2012    Screamstation festival, Horse Hospital, London - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2012    Black & White, International AV festival, Portugal - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2012    Screengrab New Media Awards, Australia - screening of Negotiating Representation:
            In Israel and Palestine
2010    Manchester Art School Gallery - exhibition of photographs with Jonathan Purcell,
            Observing Occupied Space

SELECTED PRESS
2017    Film and the Anarchist Imagination, Richard Porton, Verso books second edition
            to include To Hell with Culture
2016    Sight and Sound Magazine, Sukhdev Sandhu print review of Action Space
2016    The Wire Magazine, print review of Action Space
2016    Amuse | iD Magazine, online review of Action Space
2015    The World Today with Tariq Ali, Youtube feature on To Hell with Culture
2013    Royal Photographic Journal, 'The desire to explore' article on Huw Wahl
2012    Royal Photographic Journal, interview 'Beyond the Obvious'
2011    BBC Northwest Tonight, feature as part of Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra

WRITING/TEACHING
2019    Review Article: Ecology & Resurgence Issue 312
            'WHERE HUMAN AND ANIMAL MEET' - review of 'Becoming Animal' by Mettler and Davie
2019    (forthcoming) Book chapter: SHOWCASING CONFLICT - Notes and Observations on Photographic
            Representation in Israel and Palestine
            In Pasternak, Gil, ed. Visioning Israel-Palestine: Encounters at the Cultural Boundaries of Conflict.
            Published by I.B. Tauris
2018    Three day photography course at CELALI, Chiapas, Mexico
            https://www.facebook.com/celalicentro
2018    Review Article: Ecology & Resurgence Issue 306
            'JOINING HANDS AT STANDING ROCK' - review of AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock
2017    Visiting Lecturer: 'Observational Approaches to Research' short course at Ibero University Mexico City
            Invited by Dr Martha Areli Ram�rez S�nchez
2017    Article: Anarchist Studies issue 25.2, IVWbooks
            Review Article: Attack the machinery of permitted consumption
2016    Symposium: Maker Assembly, Sheffield
            Speaker and panellist
2016    Symposium: Putting Space Into Action, Centre for Sculptural Thinking (CST) Huddersfield University
            Speaker and co-host, symposium is collaboration between Huw Wahl and CST
2016    Symposium: Into Action: The politics of Play and Participation, Primary, Nottingham
            Speaker and performer, symposium is collaboration between Huw Wahl,
            Primary and Loughborough University
2014    Symposium: To Hell with Culture, Manchester School of Art
            Co-organiser, symposium is a collaboration between Huw Wahl and Dani Child
2013    Article: Visual Studies issue 29.1, Routledge
            Photo-essay on Negotiating Representation: In Israel and Palestine
2013    Paper: CAPPE annual conference Representation, Politics and Violence, Brighton
            On topic of Israel and Palestine, in collaboration with Gary Bratchford
2013    Book: Making Stories. Co-editor with Alice Kettle and Insa Langhorst
2013    Symposium: On Visual Methods, Sheffield University. Presentation and participant
2013    Article in Now Then Magazine, December 2013
            On Herbert read's essay To Hell with Culture