What we do
FVU commissions, curates and produces artists’ moving-image works, and presents them in collaboration with galleries and other cultural partners across the UK. We usually commission 5-6 new projects every year.
Since the late 1980s, FVU has been at the forefront of the vibrant and expanding area of moving-image practice, promoting innovation through its support of some of the most exciting figures on the contemporary scene. During this time, the organisation has commissioned and produced nearly 200 different artists’ projects, ranging from ambitious multi-screen installations to short film and video pieces, as well as online commissions. You'll find our extensive back catalogue on the projects tab, with many of the project pages featuring excerpts, essays and interviews with the artists.
FVU’s commissions give the fullest possible expression to the creative voice of the artist. While each project follows its own unique, individual course, what they all have in common is a central emphasis on high-quality production and presentation. Benefitting from a supportive, creative environment (and from the extensive logistical, technical and curatorial expertise that the organisation has to offer) the commissioning opportunities that FVU is able to develop, in conjunction with a diverse range of partner venues, are notable for the close collaborations that are forged: with artists and venues alike.
Exploring contemporary themes and emerging aesthetic trends, FVU projects seek to capture something of the spirit of the moment while also reflecting on a wider sense of place. As well as bringing internationally acclaimed artists’ work to all parts of the UK, many of these commissions actively engage with the particular nature of the individual locations in which they are either made or staged, and often help to illuminate their larger social, cultural and art-historical context.
FVU's core funding comes from The National Lottery via Arts Council England, as one of their National Portfolio Organisations. The vast majority of additional funding is raised on a project-by-project basis, from trusts, foundations and exhibition venues. FVU is also a registered charity and accepts donations. A small proportion of our project funding comes from donations, as well as other sources such as educational bodies and corporate sponsorship. We supplement our overheads via some commercial activities including consultancy, publication sales and equipment rentals.
If you are interested in supporting FVU, please visit the support page or contact Paul Flynn: email@example.com to find out more about the different ways you can get involved.
Engagement and outreach
FVU has a dedicated Engagement Manager, Polly Wright, who collaborates with our partner venues to identify and engage local groups during each exhibition we are involved in. The resulting creative workshops, discussion groups and screening events dig deep into the themes of our commissions, using artworks to inspire wider discussion, and aiming to reach new audiences and dispel the perception of some that art is, for whatever reason, 'not for them'.
The desire to reach people, not just in high numbers and throughout the country, but also intellectually and emotionally, has always been a primary motivation for FVU. We are certain in our conviction that access to excellent artistic content is, and can be, for everybody.
If you belong to a community group that are interested in joining a workshop at an FVU exhibition near you, please contact Polly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about the individuals behind the organisation on our staff & trustees page.
For general enquiries, you can contact us at:
Film and Video Umbrella
8 Vine Yard
London, SE1 1QL
T: 020 7407 7755
F: 020 7407 7766
Film and Video Umbrella. Charity number: 1165046
VAT registration number: GB 235 8231 13