Video Jam

Video Jam is a independent event series dedicated to curating, commissioning and presenting films with live musical accompaniment. We create events in response to a site or theme, featuring work by artists at all stages in their career and within any field of moving image and sound. 

Conceptualised and run by a small team of young artists and creative producers, Video Jam emerged in 2012 as an vibrant component of the grassroots arts scene in Manchester, and has since presented over 50 events and projects across the UK and beyond. The nature of our work remains not-for-profit and DIY, operating outside of a regular base or venue. As such, our events tend to occur site specifically in unusual and distinctive spaces - which have included a hotel rooftop, a glass atrium, underground vaults and one of the UK's oldest synagogues.

We have worked to commission with the Barbican Centre, the Wellcome Collection, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, and hosted events internationally in cities including New York, Colombo and Beunos Aires. In 2015 Video Jam was shortlisted for a Sky Arts Scholarship, and in 2018 was both shortlisted for a Sekforde Trust scholarship and featured by The Guardian in their list of "unmissable culture" for the year.

We remain keen to support young people with all levels of experience and have organised workshops and talks for organisations including Brighter Sound, BBC Philharmonic Studios, Northern Film + Media, Whitworth Young Contemporaries and Blaze Festival, and collaborated with students at Falmouth University, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Manchester School of Art. Our events consistently programme emerging and mid career artists alongside one another, working across all areas of film and music. Artists and filmmakers we have worked with include Hetain Patel, Soda_Jerk, Webb-Ellis, Jade Montserrat, Victoria Keddie, Simon Faithfull, Maryam Tafakory, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Jeremy Deller, Ephraim Asili and Mitra Saboury. Musicians and sound artists include Ibibio Sound Machine, Oliver Coates, Sacred Sounds Women's Choir, Chaines, Seaming To, Young Fathers, Val-Inc, Micah Gaugh, Dieter Moebius and Meklit.

Selected Quotes

"Leading audiovisual masterminds." - Time Out

"An exceptional event." - Creative Tourist

"Riveting." - The Quietus

"Video Jam stands alone as a work of art in itself: the series is now a considerable artistic oeuvre."                                          Andrew Anderson, musician and journalist

"Video Jam plays a key role in ‘knitting together’ the arts landscape in the city through their work with emerging artists, filmmakers and musicians. A great strength of the Video Jam team is their ability to create experiences which appeal on multiple levels to a very wide-ranging audience." - Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate

"An exciting and unpredictable one-off experience." - Huck magazine

"A night of seamless programming.' - The Skinny

"Video Jam has opened up audience and artist perspectives to a new way of engaging with both film and music simultaneously, taking events to some very unexpected places with huge results." - Rivca Burns, Director of Sounds From The Other City

"Video Jam is an intense, hypnotic, and totally immersive experience, as the music takes control and redefines what we see on screen. It is interesting that this combination of silent film and musical score reverts back to early cinema, and yet Video Jam achieves this collaboration in a totally new and unprecidented guise."  - Sinead Nunes, Corridor 8

Previous Partners

  • Abandon Normal Devices
  • Arts Council England
  • Barbican Art Centre
  • BBC Philharmonic, Salford
  • Blaze Festival
  • Brighter Sound
  • Bury Art Museum
  • Canvas, Ibiza
  • Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka
  • Creative Tourist
  • Dartington Society, Falmouth
  • European Network of Cultural Centres
  • FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool
  • Festival Hyperlocal, Argentina
  • Flux Factory, NYC
  • International Anthony Burgess Foundation
  • Islington Mill, Salford
  • Jonathan Ruffer Foundation 
  • Knockdown Centre, Brooklyn NY
  • Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester 
  • Manchester Jewish Museum 
  • Manchester Museum
  • Manchester School of Art 
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Manchester Science Festival
  • Northern Film + Media
  • North West Film Archive
  • Royal Nothern College of Music
  • Slip imprint
  • Sounds from the Other City
  • Textbook Studio
  • Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
  • University of Falmouth
  • Wellcome Collection
  • Wharf Chambers, Leeds
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Whitworth Young Contemporaries
  • WULF



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