Caitlin and Anj
We are British/Canadian artist filmmakers. Using film, dance, music and installation, we create work which aims to offer ways of imaginatively accessing the political through the lens of the subconscious and the body.
We have ongoing collaborations with artists, philosophers, scientists, family, friends and strangers. Through an extended process of gathering and sifting, we bring diverse materials and concepts into dialogue to create new meaning. Coincidence and fiction play a significant role, and the subject matter is never fixed. Many of our projects take place over an extended period, working closely with people in specific places.
We are facilitators of Philosophy for Children, recipients of the Jerwood Film and Video Umbrella Award 2019, and recently completed an extended educational project and new film commissioned by Cement Fields and jointly funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. We are currently developing new work in Liverpool and North Yorkshire.
Webb-Ellis are amongst the most exciting young artists and film-makers I have encountered in the last few years. They are notable for their blurring of the boundaries between life and work, their creative self-sufficiency- allied with a profound and committed curiosity – and their ambitious, sensitive, engaged and beautifully realised pieces, working across media to create a new hybrid space for both maker and audience.
Current and upcoming
Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts, lead artists of Programme 2, 11 November – 18 December 2022, London, UK
2022: Nominated for Golden Key award, Kassel Dokfest, Germany
2021: Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts award for research and development with Rule of Threes, Liverpool, UK
2019: Jerwood Film and Video Umbrella Awards: Going Gone
2018: Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Development of ‘Inheritors’
2018: Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts award for Inheritors at Siobhan Davies Dance London, UK
Kassel Dokfest, This place is a message, festival premiere, 16 November 2022, Kassel, Germany
Whitstable Biennale, This place is a message, film installation, June 11 -19 2022, Whitstable, UK
Body Vessel Clay, group exhibition including collaborative work made with Jade Montserrat, Two Temple Place, 29 January 2022 – 24 April 2022, London, UK, York Art Gallery, 24 June – 18 September 2022, York, UK
‘Clay, Peat, Cage’, exhibition of collaborative work with Jade Montserrat, October 1 2021 – February 13 2022, York Art Gallery, UK
Drink in the Beauty, exhibition of collaborative work with Jade Montserrat, 27 September 2021 – 23 January 2022, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Dislocations, exhibition of collaborative work with Jade Montserrat, 8 October – 5 December 2021, Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Exhibition of collaborative work with Jade Montserrat, Soil.Sickness.Society at Rønnebæksholm, Denmark, 23rd June – 29th October 2021
Estuary Festival, new publication and film in online programme, May – June 2021
Take Me Somewhere festival, collaboration with Lucy Suggate, Glasgow, UK, 25th – 28th May 2021
Birmingham International Dance Festival, collaboration with Lucy Suggate, 8th June 2021
Tintype Gallery, Essex Road program, London, 9th January – 9th February 2020
Phoenix, Leicester, 24th August – 31st October 2019
SALT, Istanbul, 9th July – 23rd August 2019
Jerwood Film and Video Umbrella Awards, London, 3 April – 2 June 2019
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, UK. 2nd – 6th May 2019
Video Jam, Manchester Science Festival, Manchester, UK. Film made in collaboration with Jade Montserrat. 20th October 2017
Jerwood Space, London, ‘Slant, For the Unsettling’ film screening curated by Gareth Evans. 2nd July 2017
Aesthetica Art Prize 2017, York Art Gallery, 26th May – 10th September 2017
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, UK. 2nd – 6th March 2017
Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts, London, UK. 25th – 30th October 2016
Estuary Festival, Tilbury Cruise Terminal, UK. 17 – 30 September 2016
Whitstable Biennale 2016, Whitstable, UK. 4th – 12th June 2016
Urban Organisms. NewBridge Project, Newcastle, UK. May-June 2015
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, UK. 16th-19th April 2015
hmmmmm. 27th February-5th April 2015 Crescent Arts, Scarborough, UK.
The Tetley, installation of ‘Mother.I am Going’, 14th-23rd November 2014, Leeds, UK. Part of Leeds International Film Festival.
UK Young Artists. 7th-9th November 2014 Leicester, UK.
Water Tower Art Festival, 20th-25th June 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria
Relay Replay: Performative Feedback, 2nd June 2013 AGORA, Berlin, Germany.
Month of Performance Art Berlin, 10th – 12th May 2013. 48hr Performance Art Marathon, Berlin, Germany.
26th Leeds International Film Festival, 12th November 2012, UK. Premiere of ‘In Search of Silent Landscapes’.
2008-2012 First Class BA (Hons), Photography, The Arts University Bournemouth
Development / research
Cement Fields, ‘We chose the earth’, Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Kent, UK, 2018 – 2022
Sapere, Philosophy for Children training retreat, September 2018
Assisting the artist Helen Sear with exhibition ‘prospect refuge hazard’, May 2018
Independent Dance. 50 hours of creative movement practice with specialist teachers in Skinner Releasing Technique, Experiential Anatomy, Contact Improvisation.
Beyond Humanism Conference, John Cabot University, Rome. 19 – 22 July 2017
YVAN Artist Development Fund. June 2015
a-n ‘Go and See’ Venice Biennale bursary. May 2015
Installing video work for ‘Zimbabwe in Venice‘ with Raphael Chikukwa, Deputy Director and Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Venice Biennale 2015
UK Young Artists. 7th-9th November 2014 Leicester, UK.
Creative England, FilmWorks Professional Development Showroom Workstation, Sheffield, UK. September – December 2012
Helen Sear. Assisting the artist with a three day installation of her work ‘Pond’. 2011
Year-long residency and commission with Siobhan Davies Dance, London. 2017-2018
UCA Canterbury, Creative Residency. May 2016
Crescent Arts, Scarborough. July 2014 – 2018
‘Nomadic Village’ Austria. 7th – 20th July 2014
Tsarino Residency Program, Bulgaria. 7th-28th September 2013