Composite of film stills from Jarman Award touring programme. Featuring works by (top left to bottom right): Julianknxx, Sophie Koko Gate, Karen Russo, Rehana Zaman, Ayo Akingbade and Andrew Black

This year’s Film London Jarman Award tour will see the best in contemporary artists’ filmmaking taken to venues across the UK from 21 September – 21 November 2023.

The 2023 tour will visit venues across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with screenings and artist talks at 6 major arts venues from Glasgow and Belfast to Nottingham, Cardiff and Bristol accompanied by the opportunity to watch an online showcase of recent works by all the artists. The tour will culminate in a special showcase day with all the artists on November 11 at Whitechapel Gallery, London.

The tour will visit: The MAC Belfast; g39, Cardiff; Nottingham Contemporary; CCA Glasgow; Spike Island, Bristol; Towner Eastbourne and Whitechapel Gallery, London.

The recipient of the Award and £10,000 prize will be announced on at a special celebration at the Barbican on Tuesday 21 November. Audiences will have a final opportunity to watch the shortlisted artists' work throughout the weekend of 25 & 26 November, where the touring programme will be screening on loop in Whitechapel Gallery's Zilkha Auditorium.

Jarman Award 2023 tour events

Films in the Jarman Award 2023 touring programme

Ayo Akingbade, Jitterbug (2022), 24’

Andrew Black, Revenge Fantasy (2019), 13’

Julianknxx, Black Corporeal (Breathing By Numbers) (2022), 16’

Sophie Koko Gate, Hotel Kalura (2021), 5’

Karen Russo, Junkerhaus (2021), 7’

Rehana Zaman, Alternative Economies (2021), 28’

Featuring work from the six artists shortlisted for the 2023 Film London Jarman Award, the tour will offer audiences the chance to explore an extraordinary range of boundary pushing work. While Andrew Black’sfilms challenge conventional narratives around the British countryside, Sophie Koko Gate’s darkly humorous animations set stories of longing and frustrated desire in dreamlike worlds. Julianknxx highlights the interrelated crises of inequality and air pollution, while Ayo Akingbade crafts a love story to London in a narrative film that follows a day in the life of a Hackney teenager. Rehana Zaman
examines the compromised promises of cryptocurrency and the possibilities of alternative modes of exchange, while Karen Russo presents a cinematic exploration of the fantastical carved home of visionary architect Karl Junker.

Read: Jarman Award 2023 booklet

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