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The Great North Run Moving Image Commission, organised by Great North Run Culture, awards an experienced artist or film-maker £30,000 to create a new work which responds to and captures the spirit of one of the world’s top sporting events. The new work is premiered in the North East in September ever year as part of our Great North Run Culture programme, with an extract screened on the BBC during their live coverage of the Run.

The Great North Run has a long history of involvement with the moving image, with spectators around the country tuning in to the BBC to watch the world’s biggest half-marathon. This huge sporting and cultural phenomenon is one of the most watched televised sporting events. Attracting elite international runners, celebrity runners, athletes and fun-runners, the Great North Run is unique in that it creates a special day for a mass audience – a highly visible event for people, including families, tourists and sports enthusiasts, to enjoy for free.

To celebrate the silver anniversary of the Run in 2005, Great North Run Culture was established. It is an annual programme of commissions, events and projects that celebrate sport and art, all set against the backdrop of the world’s largest half-marathon. Our first programme featured the film broken time by Jane and Louise Wilson. As part of the legacy of this film and an ongoing commitment to exploring the relationship between sport and art, the annual Great North Run Moving Image Commission was set up.

You can read more about our 2015 Moving Image Commission here.

We will be inviting proposals for our 2016 Moving Image Commission in May 2015. Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be kept up to date!


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