Alchemy Film & Arts’ screenings, workshops, talks, exhibitions and more!

Past Events:

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2019 
2 – 6 May 2019 | Hawick
The ninth edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival presented 147 moving-image works over five days and across eight programme strands — including features, shorts, installations, performances, special focuses, guest-curated programmes, a symposium, and our much-loved film walkFull details here.


Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2019 Programme Launch 
3 April 2019, 6.30pm | 53 High Street, Hawick
Programme Launch of the ninth edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, revealing the full lineup of this year’s festival. Full details here.


Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2019 Volunteer Meeting
3 April 2019, 5.30pm | 53 High Street, Hawick
Come along to our Volunteer Meeting to meet the team and learn about the opportunities to get involved in this year’s festival.


Rhona Mühlebach | Public Preview: The River, The Horse and The Woman
29 March 2019, 6pm | 53 High Street, Hawick
The River, the Horse and the Woman  is a multiscreen video installation, inspired by the deep-rooted history and connection between the Scottish Borders and horses, commissioned by Alchemy Film & Arts and filmed in Hawick with Borders-based riders. Full details here.


Ghassan Halwani | Erased____Ascent of the Invisible
23 February 2019, 6.15pm | CCA, Glasgow

Referring to thousands of forced disappearances during the Lebanese war of 1975 – 1990, the powerful and thoughtful debut feature from Ghassan Halwani is a deeply insightful reflection on presence, absence and the photographic record. Full details here.

Dark Light: The Films of Anouk De Clercq
26 February 201, 6.15pm | CCA, Glasgow

One of Belgium’s most distinctive and acclaimed artist-filmmakers, this special screening and in-conversation event celebrates the remarkable short film work of Anouk De Clercq. Full details here.

Tereza Stehlíková | Four Generations of Women Opening Preview
25 January 2019 | 53 High Street, Hawick
Four Generations of Women is an ongoing exploration into the unique and complex interconnections between four generations of women within the artists’ own family. Opening evening includes Q&A with Dr Louise Milne, University of Edinburgh  Full details here.

Past Events 2018:

Vocal Workshop with Hanna Tuulikki
9 December 2018, 3pm | Unit 4, Hawick

For this exploratory workshop, Hanna Tuulikki will introduce participants to aspects of her vocal practice, taking in elements of her recent scores.
Full details here.

Hanna Tuulikki | Sourcemouth : Liquidbody Opening Preview
6 December 2018, 6pm | Peter Scott Building, Hawick
Sourcemouth : Liquidbody is comprised of three interlinked films made after artist Hanna Tuulikki spent a month in Fort Kochi learning the ancient theatre and dance tradition Kutiyattam. Opening event will feature an artist talk. Full details here.

Hanna Tuulikki | Sourcemouth : Liquidbody Volunteer Preview
27 November 2018, 7pm | Unit 4, Hawick

Find out more about volunteering at the exhibition, meet the team, and enjoy refreshments, on us! Full details here.

2018 Film & Moving Image Residencies
October 2018 | Cafe Tissardmine, Morocco
In partnership with Cafe Tissardmine, the residency programme ran in Autumn/Winter 2018, on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
Full details here.

Onyeka Igwe | No Dance, No Palaver Opening Preview
5 September 2018, 6.30pm | Unit Four, Hawick 
No Dance, No Palaver is a series of works produced from Onyeka Igwe’s research into the Aba Women’s War of 1929. Made up of three films, the series experiments with archival footage relating to West Africa during the first half of the 20th century. Full details here.

Onyeka Igwe | No Dance, No Palaver Volunteer Preview
9 August 2018, 7pm | Hawick Film & Video Cinema

Preview of Onyeka Igwe’s exhibition for prospective volunteers, at Hawick Film & Video Group’s cinema. More info on volunteer opportunities here.

The Watershed: Public Consultation
18 June 2018, 6pm | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
Artist Andrew MacKenzie joins us in the Alchemy space for a public consultation on public art in Hawick.  More information here.


RISE Arts & Mental Health Symposium
24 May 2018 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick

Full details here.

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2018
3 – 7 May 2018 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders

The 8th edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival
Full details here.



Young People @ Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2018
Talks, workshops, reports and videos from the young people at Alchemy Film Festival 2018.
Full details here.

Your Festival, Your Community | Regional Screen Scotland
28 April 2018, 10am | MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

Our Creative Director, Richard Ashrowan will be speaking about how we create a local film festival that is meaningful and engaging to our local community. You can find out more about the event here.


Volunteer Meeting | 27 March 2018 | Heart of Hawick, Scottish Borders

Join us on Tuesday 27 March for an informal meeting for volunteers! You’ll get a chance to meet the Alchemy 2018 team, and even get a sneak peek at some of this year’s festival highlights! Open to anyone who’s interested in volunteering with Alchemy and would like to find out more.

You can find out more about our volunteering opportunities here.

14 March and 21 February 2018
We worked with Borders College to inspire their students in film.
Full details here.

5 February – 12 March 2018
A series of workshops in programming and curating, culminating in the screening of a 60 minute programme at Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2018.
Full details here.

20 January 2018 – 2 May 2018
For young people aged 11 – 18 yrs
Young Filmmakers were joined by Avant Kinema and Kerry Jones to turn their videos and soundscapes into an installation for Alchemy Film Festival 2018.
Full details here.

Saturday 13th January 2018 – 1-4pm
For young people aged 11 – 18 yrs
Local filmmaker and artist Dawn Berry joined our group of young filmmakers to experiment with sound as part of the development of their installation at Alchemy Film Festival 2018.
Full details here

Past Events 2017:

Christopher Steel | Welcome back to Southside | Wednesday 20 December – Sun 31 December 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
The silent film, Welcome Back to Southside, shows a journey home from work superimposed 36 times onto one reel of 16mm film, then expanded digitally with a traveling loop. Full details here.

Kerry Jones | Nobody Speak | Fri 1 December – Sat 16 December 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
Dismantled, manipulated audio, moving and still image in a sculptural immersive installation. “Nobody Speak” couples and uncouples significance. Useless, irresponsible and subconscious impulses appearing then disappearing into the black screen, creating and frustrating expectations. Full details here.

SCREEN BANDITA 16mm Direct Animation Workshop
Saturday 25 November 2017, 1-4pm
Get creative making wonderful abstract animations on 16mm celluloid film strips! This hands on workshop will demonstrate techniques to draw, paint, etch & collage directly onto the celluloid to create mesmerising moving image experiences. The film will then be projected so you can see your creations come to life on screen!
Full details here

2017 Film & Moving Image Residencies in partnership with Cafe Tissardmine, two residency programmes are running this Autumn/Winter, on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
Full details here.



BEHIND THE CURTAIN | 14 September – 8 December 2017
Screenings in the Scottish Borders from 14 September – 8 December 2017 programmed by Harriet Warman for Alchemy Film & Arts in partnership with Moving Image Makers Collective. Full details here.

HOMEGROWN & WILD: In praise of Vegetables, in film and spoken word | 27 November 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
A screening of short experimental films in celebration of the humble vegetable, including a classic lesbian vegetable romance and an astonishing asparagus animation. Accompanied by a special talk and reading by Borders based author Fi Martynoga. Come along, and bring your favourite vegetable to add to our altar of vegetable appreciation! Full details here.


Rachel Maclean | Spite Your Face | 13 May – 26 November 2017 | Venice
Curated by Alchemy Film & Arts for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2017. A darkly comic moral tale, depicting a post-truth dystopia where the world is turned on its head, leaving the characters untethered to any sense of right and wrong, truth and lies. Full details here.

Bill Brown | Moving Pictures | Fri 27 October – Thu 9 November 2017 | 39 – 41a, High Street, Hawick
Moving Pictures is a 3-channel slide projector installation in which an animated series of colorful geometrical forms is simultaneously projected and composited on a moving projection screen. Full details here.

Join Borders filmmaker Jason Moyes in Duns for a one day introduction to the basics of experimental film. Discussions, Ideas, Shooting, Editing and a chance to show your work to the group at the end of the day.

Pidgin Perfect Placemaking Breakfast | Wednesday 20 September 2017 | Philliphaugh Community Centre

Please join us in Selkirk on Wednesday 20th September at Philiphaugh Community Centre for one of three Placemaking Breakfasts.
In the ‘Placemaking Surgery’, you will working across a number of creative activities and hear the placemaking perspectives of cultural producers, creative practitioners, planners and, most importantly, local community voices. The event will conclude with a panel discussion and ‘Ideas Station’ which will provide attendees with solution focused proposals to take forward independently. Full details here.

Free Flow: Moving Image Makers Collective at Borders Heritage Festival 2017 | 7 – 9 September 2017 | 39 – 41a High Street, Hawick
Full details here.

Jessie Growden | Work in Progress | 31 August and 2 September 2017 | Hawick
An exploration into the process of combining moving image and landscape painting. The artist was present during the exhibition and created paintings informed by image and sound, in an attempt to present the landscape as a visual translation from life to moving image to an object – the painting. Full details here.

Nicoletta Stephanz | pf(hy)steria | 24 and 26 August 2017 | Hawick
A selection of Nicoletta’s recent film works, including a collaboration with Artist Joy Parker. Nicoletta’s newest work, pf(hy)steria explores the impact of illness on one’s life, paths to recovery and a sense of lost time. Full details here.

Narda Azaria Dalgleish | What About the Ineffable? | 17 and 19 August 2017 | Hawick 
What About the Ineffable? An experimental moving image retrospective of selected works created between 2014-2017. In addition to the screening of the films there is a ‘forest’ installation of silk banners behind the curtain onto which 2 black and white films of 100 peoples’ portraits were screened. Full details here.

Jane Houston Green | Here, There, Everywhere | 10 and 12 August 2017 | Hawick
Four films made in 2016 and a current work in progress, which the Artist is planning to develop into an amalgamated work called ‘A Shadow Symphony’. Full details here.

Jason Moyes | Minus Nine | 3 and 5 August 2017 | Hawick
Featuring works produced from 2014 to March this year ‘Minus Nine’ explores a range of themes and maps the artist’s journey as a filmmaker. Myths and legends are retold, Berwick is at war with St. Petersburg, the American dream is represented in found footage and red lights cast a spell. Full details here.

Taster Day, Eyemouth Wellbeing Week | Tue 1 Aug 2017, 10:30 – 3:00 | Eyemouth
With Scottish Borders Council and National Health Service
More info here.


Beverley Cornwell| On Exhibit | 27 and 29 July 2017 | Hawick
A compilation of short films by Beverley Cornwell that explores themes that emerge when looking at exhibited animals as objects and art, and investigates the way we share our spaces with animals in museums, zoos, and art galleries. Full details here.

Patrick Rafferty | Rhythm, Routine and Ritual | 20 and 22 July 2017 | Hawick
The first part of an ongoing project, using still and moving image. Examining how intertwined, yet partitioned our lives can be- causality and entropy, light and shadow, growth and decay. Full details here.

Experimental Film Workshop in collaboration with Reaching Out and the Learning Disability LAC Service | Wed 31 May, 7, 14, 21 June 2017 10am – 2pm | Hawick Congregational Church
Read more here.

Frank Brown | A Retrospective | 9-18 June 2017 | Hawick
Borders-based documentary filmmaker Frank Brown, has been making films for almost 3Be0 years. Utilising ever-changing camera technology, he has captured countless significant local events, international travels, Borders culture and remarkable wildlife footage, all with great style and humility. Full details here.

High School Alchemists | Sat 17 and Sat 24 June 2017 10am – 1pm | Hawick High School, Buccleuch Road, TD9 0EG
Join local filmmaker Dawn Berry for a 2 day experimental filmmaking journey in partnership with Alchemy Film & Arts and VOMO tv…
Read more here.

Louise Harris | Auroculis | 5 – 18 May 2017 | Hawick
Glasgow-based artist Louise Harris presents three pieces, for Expanded Audiovisual Format (EAF), investigating relationships between sonic form, through time, and visual form, and through space. Full details here.

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2017 | 2 – 6 May 2017 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The 7th Edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival

Video Home System at Glasgow Film Festival 2017 | Thu 23 February 2017
Two boxers appear to merge in Christine Lucy Latimer’s Mosaic; bodies seize, fall and burn in Dance of Death; a blurry Bugs Bunny eludes us in Interlude (Homage to Bugs Bunny) by Chris Meigh Andrews, meanwhile Meesoo Lee brings us ‘video zines’ 15 years before YouTube. Home movies, TV shows, press conferences – images of personal expression, power and violence – are shown to degrade and transform, given new meaning by artists using VHS. 40 years after the VCR was released in the UK and USA, this selection shows how video has been and continues to be an exciting and creative medium.
Artist Mairead McClean will be present at this screening.
Full details here.

Fundraiser: Rachel Maclean – Feed Me | 17 February 2017 | Heart of Hawick Auditorium, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE
Join us for a celebratory screening of Rachel Maclean’s acclaimed British Art Show film Feed Me and find out more about Rachel’s work and Scotland + Venice. We will also be hearing directly from a young artist selected from the Borders to develop her practice and experience in Venice as part of the development programme.

Full Details Here.


Past Events 2016:

Christmas With Alchemy | Fri 9 December 2016 | Heart of Hawick Auditorium, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE
What is an experimental film? Who are Alchemy? What do we do & why? All your questions answered!

Full Details Here

Burnfoot Introductory Filmmaking Weekend Series
Sat 22 & Sun 23 October 2016
Sat 5 & Sun 6 November 2016
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November 2016
Read more here.


Super 8 Workshop With Avant Kinema | Sat 10 December 2016, 10:00 – 17:00 | Burnfoot Community Hub, Burnfoot Road, Hawick TD9 8EN

In this fun, hands-on workshop, Borders-based experimental filmmakers/musicians, Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian, will revisit the glory days of 8mm cine filmmaking: guiding participants through the process of shooting a low budget Super 8 cartridge, using expired stock and vintage equipment readily available on eBay, processing with the Caffenol recipe (coffee, vitamin c and washing soda), hand- colouring and scratching film, and using a projector for DIY telecine (conversion to digital video).
Full details here.

Specialist Sound Workshop | November 2016


Off The Peg | Sun 2 October 2016 | MacArts, Galashiels TD1 1SP
Moving Image Makers Collective and Alchemy Film & Arts present Off The Peg: showing MIMC short films, Romance of Cashmere 1978 archive film, and Ettrick by Jacques Perconte.

Hidden Door Screening | Tue 31 May 2016

Alchemy will be screening short film highlights from this years Festival. Discover the Electric City, hidden along King’s Stables Road in the heart of Edinburgh, for 9 days and nights of music, art, theatre, cinema, spoken word, poetry, bars, street food and much more…

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2016 | 14 – 17 April 2016 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The 6th Edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival

Aged 14-19? Into Film? Join our free filmmaking course and explore the secrets of film, video editing, sound and digital media. Hawick / Selkirk / Galashiels
January – March 2016

Past Events 2015:

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2015 |16 – 19 April 2015 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The 5th Edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival

Scottish Borders Community Filmmaking Initiative
November 2014 – February 2015
Full details here

Past Events 2014:

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2014 | 3 – 6 April 2014 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The 4th Edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival

Past Events 2013:

2013 Artists’ Moving Image Residencies in the Ettrick Valley, Scotland.



Past Events 2012:

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2012 | 26 – 28 October 2012 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The 3rd Edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival

Past Events 2011:

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2011 | 21 – 23 October 2011 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The 2nd Edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival

Past Events 2010:

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival 2010 | 10 – 12 September 2010 | Heart of Hawick, Hawick, Scottish Borders
The First edition of Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival