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2012 Film London Jarman Award

Date posted: 18.04.2012

Film London and Channel 4 in association with the Whitechapel Gallery launch this year's prestigious Jarman Award with the call for nominations. The Award, which will be announced at a special event on Tuesday 6 November, sees UK artists contending for £10,000 prize money and a broadcast commission.

Adrian Wootton
, Chief Executive of Film London, said: "I am delighted to announce the 5th Film London Jarman Award, returning with our fantastic partners Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery, and with funding from Arts Council England. This important and unique initiative continues to support the artist film-making sector, offering profile, and more importantly funding and significant exhibition platforms, to an area of work which produces innovative, challenging and thought provoking films."

Following in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), Emily Wardill (2010) and Anja Kirschner & David Panos (2011), the winner of the 2012 Film London Jarman Award will be awarded a £10,000 cash prize and a Channel 4 broadcast commission for their Random Acts strand. The Jarman Award is unique as it is the only Award of its kind where an artist is rewarded with both financial assistance to support their practice and a commission to produce new work which will be broadcast on national television.

Emily Wardill's films, collectively titled Carlyle's Hands, aired on Channel 4 last year and are available on the Random Acts website More information on Lindsay Seer's commissioned films can be found on the Channel 4 website: and extracts from Luke Fowler's Award films can be viewed here: Kirchner & Panos' films will be broadcast on Channel 4 in late 2012.

Launched in 2008 the Film London Jarman Award gives recognition and support to artists working with the moving image and whose work resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence. The Award is inspired by visionary avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman who was one of the most esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th Century.

As in previous years, representatives from the art world, including commissioners, artists, cinema programmers and gallery curators are being invited to suggest potential recipients of the 2012 Award. Any mid-career artist film-maker, whose work embraces the spirit and the legacy of Jarman's highly experimental and risk-taking approach can be put forward for this annual prize.

A Jarman Award national tour of events and screenings, profiling the shortlisted artists, will take place in the run up to the announcement of this year's winner.

Film London's FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network) will again invite an impressive judging panel - chaired by Stuart Comer of the Tate Modern.

Further information about the award can be found here:

For further press information, please contact:

Colette Geraghty

Film London

020 7613 7680

Alex O'Neill at the Whitechapel Gallery

020 7539 3360

Notes to Editors:

Jarman Award

In 2008 Film London and Channel 4 in partnership with the Serpentine Gallery launched the Jarman Award, an annual prize inspired by acclaimed artist film-maker, Derek Jarman.

Previous Winners

The first Jarman Award was presented to Glasgow-based artist Luke Fowler in 2008, for a body of stunning experimental documentaries profiling vanguard thinkers and counterculture figures such as Cornelius Cardew and RD Laing. Since winning the Award, Luke has been honoured with exhibitions at London's Serpentine Gallery and Kunsthalle Zurich as well as major awards from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts and a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2010.

In 2009 Lindsay Seers was selected in recognition of her highly original film installations which interweave concepts of science, philosophy and photographic theory. Lindsay subsequently produced three brilliant works for her Channel 4 commission, currently showing as part of her solo show at The Baltic.


In 2010 the Award went to Emily Wardill, whose bold range of fiercely intelligent works were included in the touring British Art Show. Emily has just completed her first feature film.


Last year's Jarman Award was presented to Anja Kirschner & David Panos in recognition of their ambitious, richly layered films that consider the possibilities for political art and social transformation. Kirchner & Panos are producing a series of short films for Channel 4's Random Act strand, to be broadcast in late 2012.

Selection Process:

Over 300 representatives across the UK from the art world including gallery curators, commissioners, artists and cinema programmers will be invited to nominate potential recipients of the Award.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Artist film-makers who have developed a significant body of work over the past 5-10 years
  • Artist film-makers who have energised and stimulated the artists' moving image sector through their challenging of expectations, stimulation of critical debate and connecting with and inspiring an audience
  • Artist film-makers who are at a significant stage in their career and at the cusp of breaking through to wider audience recognition
  • Students are not eligible for nomination
  • There is no age restriction 
  • Nominated artists must be living or working in the UK

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)

Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Skillset.

Film London, with funding from Arts Council England (ACE), is a major supporter of artists' film-making, through the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). FLAMIN was launched by Film London in 2005 as a one-stop resource to provide London-based artists working in the moving image with access to funding, guidance and development opportunities. Through unique commissioning funds FLAMIN has produced over 100 productions, and supported the careers of countless other artists with programmes of one-to-one advice sessions, residencies and workshops.

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