February 2023

Parapluie Friday Focus: Cecilia Stenbom

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January 2023

Bad News screens at London Short Film Festival

Bad News

September 2021


Exhibiting artists Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Nina Chua, Joe Clark, Noel Clueit, Claire Dorsett, Peter J. Evans, Parham Ghalamdar, Dean Hughes, Rachel Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Mick Peter, Magnus Quaife, Nicola Singh and Cecilia Stenbom. Works will be presented in a range of media including painting, sculpture, video and works on paper.

January 2021

Develop your Own Creative Practice

Cecilia has received a Develop your Own Creative Practice Award for a focused period to research and experiment with applied theatre techniques. Cecilia will be working in consultation with Alice Boyd and Jacqui Meyler, both actors and co-founders of JUST Drama Based Training, an international facilitator, to inform the development and facilitation roleplay training sessions with actors. The documentation of the sessions will become standalone moving image pieces.

September 2020

Interview by Susie Davies for Reel People at Star and Shadow Cinema

Reel People brings you the stories of non-male, North East-based filmmakers. Learn how they fell in love with film, cultivated their craft and broke the field’s boundaries. Deepen your knowledge, probe your expectations and most importantly, be inspired. This week’s filmmaker is Cecilia Stenbom. With a background in fine art, Cecilia creates award-winning narrative short films which centre around an interest of identity in a world of consumer culture and the media’s role in the everyday. Reel People is presented by Susie Davies, Newcastle University fine art student and aspiring documentary filmmaker. The show is a Micro-Project commissioned by Star and Shadow Cinema and funded by Arts Council England.

March 2020

Rules of Engagement and SYSTEM exhibited at Innsbruck International

Innsbruck International is a contemporary biennial of the arts that invites international artists to make use of Innsbruck’s extraordinary historical and contemporary venues in the presentation of their works of visual art, film, and sound as well as performances and installations.

June 2018


Selected as participant for FEATURE EXPANDED.
20 – 25 June 2018, HOME, Manchester
14 – 18 November 2018, Lo Schermo dell’arte, Florence

Manchester’s brand new cross-art center and Italy’s unique artist film festival unite to present the ground-breaking first European intensive training program for visual artists developing and producing their first feature film.

Spanning six months and two locations, the program combines masterclasses, case studies, workshops, screenings, one-to-one meetings and pitching sessions for directors who are developing their first feature film. Participants will gain essential new skills and the expertise needed to advance their early-stage feature film projects for theatrical distribution and exhibition.

January 2018

National Tour of Screenings & Talks


Press release:

Cecilia Stenbom will showcase her new work, Rules of Engagement (U), alongside a selection of other short films and a Q&A.

Swedish-born artist filmmaker, Cecilia Stenbom will tour her newest piece of work, Rules of Engagement, across five venues in January and February 2018. Venues are as follows: Regent Street Cinema in London; Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow; Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne; The Maltings in Berwick upon Tweed, and The Tetley in Leeds. Each venue will showcase a slightly different running order of films, based upon a separate loose theme. Venues will also provide a different Q&A host, local to them, allowing for an insight into Stenbom’s work and life.

Cecilia Stenbom says:
“I’m really interested in the outcome of the Q&A sessions after each of the screenings: to see where they can take us, and also to allow for engagement with the audience.”

Rules of Engagement is a film about belongingness as a human motivating force. Three seemingly unconnected stories explore how every day norms and social etiquette define who belongs and who doesn’t: Jack, the black sheep is attending a family gathering; Robin is trying to integrate into a new social group, and Nadia is failing to blend in with her conservative work colleagues.

Cecilia Stenbom says:
“The idea for Rules of Engagement came out of research into invisible social protocols and how they are played out in everyday situations. I am interested in the idea of ritualised communication wherein communication – the construction of a symbolic reality – represents, maintains, adapts, and shares the beliefs of a society, group or family constellation, particularly in terms of sharing, participation, association, and fellowship.”

This tour has been supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts. Cecilia Stenbom would like to thank the following organisations who have supported the production of individual works: Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Active Northumberland, Northern Film & Media, Berwick Visual Arts, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Creative England.

Please see each individual venue’s website for more information.

Tour dates are as follows:

Wednesday 31st January, 7:30pm, Regent Street Cinema London

Monday 5th February, 7pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Glasgow

Monday 12th February, 6pm, Tyneside Cinema Newcastle upon Tyne

Tuesday 13th February, 7pm, The Maltings Berwick

Wednesday 15th February, 6pm, The Tetley Leeds

February 2018
Beam Reach Blasting will be exhibited at Woodhorn Museum in 2018.


Spring Preview Cards

MY PART OF YOUR HOME at Shipley Art Gallery


April 5th 2017

Parallel included in Somewhere Becoming Sea


Somewhere Becoming Sea is an exhibition of international artists’ works, curated by FVU for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. It examines the fluctuating boundaries between land and sea, at a time when a warming global climate threatens sea-level rises and equally far-reaching economic forces are already encroaching on traditional patterns of maritime industry and trade. Highlighting Hull’s longstanding place as a gateway to the North Sea (and destinations beyond), the exhibition considers how the city has been at the sharp end of some of these changes, but is also at the forefront of a greater understanding of them. Capturing the elemental power of the sea as it hits the shore (and as it plays on people’s imagination), the works in the show reflect how the expanse of water that divides countries has always also been a channel that connects them.

Featuring recently produced work by artists from across the North Sea region, the exhibition draws out affinities in history, culture, topography and language, and points to a shared interest in harnessing, moderating, or better appreciating the vital presence of the sea in our future ecology and economy. Encompassing works in many media, including moving-image, photography, audio, objects and text, Somewhere Becoming Sea includes contributions from Simon Faithfull, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Ruth Maclennan, Isabella Martin, Cecilia Stenbom, Esther Johnson, Gunnar Jónsson, Guy Moreton, Nina Sverdvik, Christine Clinckx, Alec Finlay and Hanna Tuulikki, and features the 2016 FVU commission The Sea is an Edge and an Ending by Lavinia Greenlaw.

24 February 2017

Selected for Connect/Exchange at Chapter Arts, Cardiff.

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February 2017

Behind the scenes footage from Rules Of Engagement. Photos by Rositsa Petrova

03-06 November

REMAKE selected as part of Experimental programme at Aesthetica Short Film Festival.


21 July

Filming Parallel in Gothenburg (Part of Tall Ships Cultural Festival)

14 July 2016

FILMING in North East England as part of the Tall Ships Cultural Festival. 

Commissioned by Active Northumberland to create a lens-based response to the Tall Ships North Sea Regatta.

A moving image project that explores the portrayal of a geographic place, through both factual and fictional narratives, in this instance the coastal landscapes and build seaside environment of Northumberland and Gothenburg. The work is based on a series of cinematic and televisual scenes filmed in the North East of England and Gothenburg region which is then exchanged and  re-staged in the other location. 

Presentation of recent work at The film zone Communicate, Common Ground, York

21 June 2016


REMAKE (2016) Duration 4:04 minutes

We invite participants who want to reflect on their own practice in relation to the cinematic. Indicative themes include but are not restricted to: the cinematic experience, collective audience and the space of the cinema; the theory and practice in/of cinematic art; the art of the creative non-fiction; academic research and fiction film; the limits and possibilities of expanded cinema. While ‘the Cinematic’ provides a focus for the Communicate zone, participants are free to submit projects / presentations that showcase work and discuss themes about any aspect of film practice. Communicate encourages open and democratic exchanges designed to bring like-minded and disparate folk together in order to showcase work (excerpts of finished work and/or work-in-progress) to stimulate discussion and generate new ways of thinking, feeling and looking.

The Art Of Misdirection

5 May 2016

Bringing together eminent researchers and practitioners in arts, geography, history, and politics, this interdisciplinary symposium will examine themes proposed by the multilayered work of Omer Fast: narrative, truth and memory; ethics, empathy and trauma; digital media and surveillance.

The work of Omer Fast rests on the use and subversion of narrative to interrogate how stories are constructed, and perceptions/preconceptions are formed. His work often takes as its subject matter that which is difficult and contentious, and evolves through dialogue or confrontation between people. Exploring how memory is recalled, stories are (re)told, and events are represented, his films often exploit and manipulate the relationships between the recorded image and speech to raise questions about the status of narrative. Fast’s work, in its difficult subject matter, the way issues in which are (re)presented, and the questions it raises for BALTIC itself in presenting this work to the public, provides a unique platform against which to examine the questions that are being raised for researchers working on issues of trauma and conflict.

The programme will evolve throughout the day with presentations, active discussion, gallery visits, workshop and debate. Lunch and refreshments provided.

With contributions from:
Prof. Peter Stone OBE, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace
Dr. Frank Usbeck, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Dresden University of Technology
Prof. Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities & Society, Newcastle University
Dr. Ulrike Boskamp, Art Historian and Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Max Silverman, Professor of Modern French Studies, Director of Research, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds
Post Graduate Research students from regional universities to be announced on the day
Convened by:
Prof. Richard Clay Professor of Digital Humanities, Newcastle University
Hannah Marsden, Adult Public Programmes Assistant, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Michael Mulvihill, Artist and PhD Researcher, Newcastle University
Dr. Venda Pollock Director of Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice
Cecilia Stenbom, Artist and PhD Researcher, Newcastle University
Delivered with the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership and Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

SYSTEM at Short Film Night at Tyneside Cinema

11 April 2016


RISE SHOWCASE at BFI Stephen Street

21 January 2016


A Guide To The Art Of Cinema, Tyneside Cinema

19 January 2016

A Guide To The Art Of Cinema, our series of essential titles that push film’s boundaries, returns with artist and researcher Cecilia Stenbom introducing her choice of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror starring Jack Nicholson.

Nicholson puts in a frighteningly deranged performance as Jack Torrance, a frustrated writer who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel, together with his wife Wendy and his young son Danny. As a snowstorm traps the family and cabin fever sets in, Jack gradually descends into madness…


‘In Waiting’ at London Short Film Festival

12 January 2016


In Waiting competing at Reggio Film Festival

20 October 2015




27 April 2015


Candle & Bell are excited to announce that this month we will have a very special edition of our Short Film Night at the Tyneside Cinema. We will be screening 4 films from Creative England’s iShorts 2014 programme. The iShorts initiative is designed to help to help with funding and mentoring entry level filmmakers, from the English regions.

We are very pleased to announce that we will be screening 4 of the films produced last year. Following the films there will be an opportunity to ask the filmmakers questions about their films as well as their experience of taking part in the iShorts initiative.


1 February 2015


Selected for RISE, An intensive year long development programme for female writer-directors based in the UK

Sight & Sound. Aesthetica 2014: shorts circuit York by Harriet Warman


Byker Metro station new giant artwork by Cecilia Stenbom is unveiled


North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN): The work of Cecilia Stenbom
Cecilia Stenbom discusses four of her films which explore notions of fear, perceptions of crime and obsessive compulsive behaviour within society. Two of her films, System (2014) and In Waiting (2014) are featured in the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York 6-9th November 2014.

The Case will be screened at 6th Cairo Video Festival, Egypt, 5.-19.11.2014

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The Creative England supported iShort In Waiting will receive its industry showcase screening at York’s Aesthetica Film Festival this weekend.



This Is Tomorrow. Cecilia Stenbom: Everyday Collateral. Exhibition review by Rebecca Travis


This week’s art shows, Guardian Guide


Creative England selects 20 shorts

Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are


Cecilia Stenbom, feature by Stephanie Oswald in NARC magazine, March 2014

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Corridor 8. Interview: Cecilia Stenbom, by Lauren Velvick

MAWA, Winnipeg. Artist Talk, Cecilia Stenbom

Cecilia Stenbom: Nobody gets out of here alive


Cecilia makes a Case for Berwick

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