Interested in the world of art? Our programme features talks, live events and projects by world-renowned artists of many different mediums.

Digital Art exhibitions, Events, and Performance and Film programmes at this year’s Doc/Fest includes works created by artist-filmmakers, photographers, cinematographers, and creative multi-disciplinaires.

Our contemporary digital arts programme Alternate Realities, showcases powerful interactive narratives and immersive experiences and installations which challenge preconceptions of the documentary form and proposes a new way of seeing and experiencing non-fiction stories. Featuring two free exhibitions, Subconscious Sensibilities at Site Gallery, and Converging Sensibilities in the VR Cinema at Sheffield Hallam’s Performance Lab plus a pop-up igloo on Site Gallery Square, the exhibitions include works by Barnaby Frances (aka Bill Posters) and Dr Daniel HoweTea Uglow, Tamara Shogaolu and Kelsey Boncato, while keynote speakers at the Alternate Realities Summit feature bio artist Charlotte Jarvis.

Events and performances highlights include artists Kazim Rashid & Lotte Andersen’s curated event The Lovers Table (Part 1), commissioned by us, offering a metaphoric ‘meal’ of video, images and conversations exchanged in front of a live audience by guests featuring photographer Giles Duley, filmmaker Ayo Akingbade (whose Street 66 had its UK premiere at Doc/Fest 2018) and Kayus Bankole (Young Fathers), amongst others. Doc/Fest Exchange will also feature a conversation with one of this year's Grand Jury Award jurors, Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.

Our Film programme, which includes the Art Award and the Doc/Vision strand, features premieres from Ai Weiweiphotographers Seamus Murphy and Edward Burtynskyartist-filmmakers Zia AngerAaron ZeghersKevin Jerome Everson and Jenn Nkiruas well as archive screenings of artists Babette Mangolte and Deborah Stratman curated by Machine That Kills Bad People (Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz and Ben Rivers)James Lee Byarsa spotlight on David Hockney in newly restored version of A Bigger Splash (1974), and Toshio Matsumoto’s seminal shorts accompanied by Bo Ningen live.

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