“Leading audio-visual masterminds” - Time Out

Video Jam was an award winning live event series I founded in 2012 with musician Mike Seal at the age of 22 and co-directed until 2022 with producer Shereen Perera, sound designer Eliyana Evans and filmmaker Sam Hughes. Its premise was to experiment with how music effects our interpretation of film, which we did by commissioning artists and musicians to compose original sound to be performed live alongside short, pre-existing or specially commissioned artist films. Each event programmed an often disparate array of film and sound, showcasing emerging and established artists alongside one another.

We hosted over 50 unique events, in spaces and venues including a hotel rooftop, a glass atrium, underground vaults and one of the UK's oldest synagogues, collaborating with many major UK and international cultural institutions such as the Barbican Centre, the British Council, The Knockdown Centre (New York), the Wellcome Collection, Colombo Art Biennale (Sri Lanka), FACT (Liverpool), Whitworth Art Gallery, Hyperlocal Festival (Buenos Aires), CANVAS (Ibiza) and Manchester Museum.

Video Jam frequently presented work by first time artists and supported young people with all levels of creative experience, delivering workshops, talks, masterclasses and engagements for BBC Philharmonic Studios, Northern Film + Media, Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Brighter Sound, Manchester School of Art, HOME, Blaze Festival, Falmouth University and the Royal Northern College of Music, amongst others.

Over the course of a decade I worked with hundreds of artists at all stages of their career including Dieter Moebius, Ephraim Asili, Soda_Jerk, Hetain Patel, Razan Alsalah, Saodat Ismailova, Young Fathers, Phil Solomon, Jeremy Deller, Jade Montserrat, Ryan Gander, Webb-Ellis, Victoria Keddie, Simon Faithfull, Maryam Tafakory, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Ibibio Sound Machine, Oliver Coates and Micah Gaugh.

In 2018 Video Jam won the People’s Choice Award at the first Manchester Culture Awards, and was featured by the Guardian in their list of "unmissable culture" for the year. I have also been shortlisted for a Sky Arts Academy Scholarship and Sekforde House Trust Scholarship for my work as a film curator.

Video Jam over the years

Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, 2012

Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool Cathedral, 2013

Islington Mill, Salford, 2013

Kazimer, Liverpool, 2014

The Vaults, London, 2014

The Vaults, London, 2014

Manchester Art Gallery, 2014

Manchester Art Gallery, 2014

SOUP, Manchester, 2014

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 2015

Brighter Sound workshops, Manchester, 2015

BBC Philharmonic, Salford, 2015

Whitworth Art Gallery, 2015

Whitworth Art Gallery, 2015

Manchester Art Gallery, 2015

FACT, Liverpool, 2016

Manchester Jewish Museum, 2016

Manchester Jewish Museum, 2016

Manchester Museum, 2016

Manchester Museum, 2016

Sounds from the Other City, Salford, 2016

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 2017

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 2017

The Knockdown Centre, New York, 2017

The Barbican Arts Centre, London, 2018

The Barbican Arts Centre, London, 2018

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 2020

“An exceptional event.” - Creative Tourist

"Riveting." - The Quietus

“Video Jam stands alone as a work of art in itself: the series is now...a considerable artistic oeuvre.”
- Andrew Anderson, musician and journalist

“An exciting and unpredictable one-off experience.”
- Huck magazine

“Wildly successful...a night of seamless programming.”
- The Skinny

“A great strength of the Video Jam team is their ability to create experiences which appeal on multiple levels to a very wide-ranging audience.”
- Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate galleries

“Video Jam is an intense, hypnotic, and totally immersive experience, as the music takes control and redefines what we see on screen. It is interesting that this combination of silent film and musical score reverts back to early cinema, and yet Video Jam achieves this collaboration in a totally new and unprecidented guise.”- Sinead Nunes, Corridor 8