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Shortlist announced for Film London Jarman Award 2016

Date posted: 17.06.2016

We're delighted to announce the six artists shortlisted for this year's prestigious Jarman Award. The winner will receive a £10,000 prize, as well as a commission from Channel 4 for their Random Acts art strand.

Presented by Film London in association with Channel 4 and Whitechapel Gallery, the annual prize seeks to recognise, support and celebrate the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image.

This year is the ninth edition of the award, and will include an exciting programme of national events showcasing work by the 2016 shortlist.

The shortlisted artists are:

A riotous explosion...

Reflecting the diversity and breadth of contemporary artists' moving image practice in the UK, the work of this year's shortlist represents a bold array of approaches and subject matter, as well as providing an important snapshot of the country's very best moving image artists working today.

Encompassing single-screen works and immersive gallery installations, and variously employing animation, CGI and YouTube footage, the work of the 2016 shortlist mines a varied pool of inspirations, from the glitz of Gulf culture, future worlds and forgotten landscapes, to poetic pop montages musing on consumerism and new technology.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said ""As well as serving to shock, startle and entertain, great art has the power to cut to the very heart of contemporary culture, bringing serious issues to the fore or highlighting modern-day foibles. This year's Jarman Award shortlist is the perfect case in point: the filmmakers' work represents a riotous explosion of colour, sound, skill and distinctive imagery, but beyond the visuals are also some very serious, thought-provoking messages."

The jury

This year's shortlist was presided over by an esteemed group of art and film industry professionals.

The Jury members are:

  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member
  • Pegah Farahmand, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4
  • Adam Chodzko, Artist
  • Emma Morris, Executive Director, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
  • Joanna Hogg, Filmmaker

UK Tour

As in previous editions, this year's Jarman Award will be accompanied by a nationwide touring programme, profiling work by the shortlist via a series of events at major arts venues across the UK and culminating in a special weekend of screenings, Q&As and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 19 - 20 November.

With events taking place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the tour offers audiences the chance to see a programme of new and recent single screen works, and hear from the artists in person. The tour will take place from 2 October until 20 November 2016, visiting 11 venues around the UK.

About the Jarman Award

Inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image, and celebrates his spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. The Award is unique within the industry in offering both financial assistance and the rare opportunity to produce a new moving image work.

Since launching in 2008, the Jarman Award has earned a reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previous shortlisted artists Duncan Campbell, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost all went on to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize, with Laure Prouvost, Elizabeth Price and Duncan Campbell all subsequent winners.

This year will also see the return of the Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician, named after the late founder of The Wapping Project, a successful theatre director, curator and long-time champion of women in the arts. This year's Jules Wright Prize will be awarded to a woman working in the field of editing.

The winner of this year's Film London Jarman Award will be announced on Monday 28 November 2016.

Full details of this year's touring programme will be announced shortly.

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