The Jarman Award 2021

The Jarman Award

The winner of the Jarman Award will be announced on 23 November 2021. In the run-up to the event, art and film lovers can explore the work of the shortlisted artists online through a variety of our cultural venue partner websites, including the Whitechapel Gallery website. In addition, there will be a special weekend of screenings, discussions and performances featuring all six shortlisted artists on 13 and 14 November at Whitechapel Gallery.

Jarman Award 2021 shortlisted artists

From the individual and autobiographical to the global and political, the shortlisted artists’ films draw us into their narratives through elegiac poetry, experimental sound, surreal computer graphics, performance, dance and choreography. The shortlisted artists’ recent works give a voice to migrant workers, reflect on issues of colonisation, imagine fictional futures, explore the otherworldly and the occult, and trace the healing properties of plants across history.


“The dramatic verve of moving image art in the UK today made choosing just 6 artists more difficult than ever. Against a backdrop of abandoned buildings or elaborately conceived stage sets, this year’s shortlisted artists montage found footage, or script and choreograph little known yet dazzling performers to take us on a journey that bridges the political with the poetic. Viewers are in for a compelling ride.”
- Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, on behalf of the Jury

The Jarman Award 2021 jury

  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Amal Khalaf, Director of Programmes at Cubitt, London and Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries
  • Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor (Arts and Topical), Channel 4
  • Larissa Sansour, Artist, winner of Jarman Award 2020
  • Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema

About the Jarman Award

The Film London Jarman Award is a prestigious annual prize which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. Launched in 2008 and inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award is unique within the industry in offering both financial assistance and the rare opportunity to produce a new moving image work.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Award has built an enviable reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Oreet Ashery, Duncan Campbell, Monster Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Imran Perretta, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Elizabeth Price, James Richards, and Project Art Works all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or to win the Turner Prize.

The Film London Jarman Award is presented by Film London with support from Arts Council England and Whitechapel Gallery.


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