The Jarman Award 2022

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 showcases artists' moving image to audiences throughout the UK and beyond through its annual touring programme.

The winner of the Jarman Award 2022 will be announced in November 2022. The winner will receive £10,000. 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.


Jarman Award 2022 shortlisted artists

The Jarman Award 2022 shortlisted artists are:

  • Jamie Crewe
  • Onyeka Igwe
  • Grace Ndiritu
  • Morgan Quaintance
  • Rosa-Johan Uddoh
  • Alberta Whittle

From naked choreography set in a de-militarised industrial architecture to a rural horror filmed on the West Coast of Scotland, the 2022 Jarman Award shortlist is risk-taking in both subject matter and form. Restless hand-drawn animations with pulsing music and flashing images are seen alongside more intimate works shot in black and white that recall adolescent drug-taking in suburban London. A humorous two-handed drama tackles with powerful directness issues around racial ‘passing’ whilst a film that resembles both detective noir and corporate video explores the decomposing buildings that house colonial archives in both Lagos and Bristol.

Films document community choirs, appropriate Agatha Christie stories and adverts for face cream, explore research into psychedelic drugs and record real conversations with friends. From climate change and colonial history to pandemics, poverty and migration, artists on the 2022 shortlist are not afraid to confront turbulence, but there are also messages of hope and resilience with films that posit alternative paths from shamanism and spirituality to self-compassion and healing.

Composite of stills from work by the Jarman Award 2022 shortlisted artists. (Top left to bottom right) Alberta Whittle, Jamie Crewe, Morgan Quaintance, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Onyeka Igwe and Grace Ndiritu

The Jarman Award 2022 jury

  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Matthew Barrington, Cinema Curator, Barbican
  • Jasmina Cibic, Artist, winner of Jarman Award 2021
  • Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor (Arts and Topical), Channel 4
  • Nicole Yip, Chief Curator, Nottingham Contemporary and Film London Board Member

About the Jarman Award

Now in its fifteenth year, the Award has built an enviable reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Heather Phillipson, 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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