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Louis Le Prince Lecture

The Inaugural Louis Le Prince Lecture

The Northern Film School in conjunction with Leeds International Film Festival is delighted to announce the first Annual Louis Le Prince Lecture.  The Lecture showcases the work of outstanding contemporary film artists, as well as provoking discussion and debate about film as an art form.

Our speaker for this inaugural event is the renowned film, video and installation artist John Smith. Since 1972 he has had more than fifty works shown in independent cinemas, galleries and on television. He was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2011 and in 2013 he received Film London’s Jarman Award.


John Smith’s work subverts the perceived boundaries between fiction and documentary, playfully exploring the language of cinema while remaining rooted in everyday life. John will introduce and screen a selection of his films.

2 November 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm, in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery.

All are welcome at this free event. To book a place, please follow the link below.

‘One of the most talented filmmakers of the postwar generation’ – Michael O’Pray, Art Monthly (2002)

For the duration of the Leeds International Film Festival we will be showcasing an exciting new exhibition Celebrating Louis Le Prince. Curated by Irfan Shah, a world expert on the life and work of Le Prince, the exhibition will be held in the Local and Family History section of the beautiful Central Library next to Leeds Town Hall and will contain images and artefacts connected to the Le Prince story and in particular, to his years in Leeds.

Sponsors: Northern Film School and the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University; Leeds International Film Festival; Leeds Arts Research Centre (LARC), Leeds Beckett University; Leeds Art Gallery

Event Details

2 November 2017 -
2 November 2017
11:00 - 12:30
Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery
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