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2017 Shortlist announced for 10th Film London Jarman Award

Date posted: 26.06.2017

The shortlist for this year's Film London Jarman Award has been announced, with six of the most exciting names working with artist's moving image today on the list.

The six artists shortlisted for the prestigious £10,000 art prize are Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Oreet Ashery, Adham Faramawy, Melanie Manchot, Charlotte Prodger and Marianna Simnett.

The shortlisted artists' work includes single-screen works, web series and immersive gallery installations that weave in music and performance and blur the boundaries between fiction and documentary. Reflecting the current breadth of moving image practices, the shortlist includes autobiographical works shot on an iPhone and augmented reality sculptural works, with subjects ranging from collective dance performance and human rights activism to death in the digital age. Together, the artists selected for this year's Jarman Award shortlist provide an important insight into the country's very best moving image artists working now.

The winner of last year's award was Heather Phillipson.

Reflecting the rapidly changing world of today

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "It's fitting that the shortlist for the Jarman Award's tenth year is its most diverse yet, ranging from ambitious installations to smartphone-shot footage and ground-breaking AR techniques. These artists work in a world that is fast-moving, innovative and ever-changing, and their work reflects this. It challenges us to think differently about the world we see around us, and has the power to alter our very perception of what it means to be a contemporary filmmaker. I'd like to congratulate all six shortlisted artists, and thank our supporters Arts Council England for their vital ongoing support."

The 2017 Jarman Award Jury said: "The work of this year's shortlisted artists is highly attuned to the challenging and rapidly changing world that it engages with. Working at the interface between contemporary filmmaking and performance, forensics, augmented reality, choreographed, participatory and activist practices, each artist has developed a highly distinctive voice that brings us up close to the complex conditions of human experience in the context of major social, political and cultural forces."

The Jarman Award tour

This year's Jarman Award Tour will travel to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, showcasing work by the six artists from 1 October 2017 to 19 November 2017 in 12 venues around the UK. It allows audiences the opportunity to see a curated programme of innovative and stimulating moving image work and hear from the artists themselves. Events will take place in major arts venues from Manchester and Margate to Newcastle, Belfast and Cardiff, culminating in a special weekend of screenings, discussions and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 18 and 19 November.

The winner of the Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017 at a celebratory event at the Whitechapel Gallery. The winner will receive prize money of £10,000. Channel 4 will also support the award by commissioning all the shortlisted artists to produce new films for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.

This year will also see the return of the Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technicians, 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 sound.

The Jury who selected this year's shortlist are: Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member; Catherine Bray, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4; Shona Illingworth, Artist; Peter Taylor, Director, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema.

Find out more about the shortlist