The Film London Jarman Award 2023 shortlisted artists announced

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The 2023 Film London Jarman Award shortlist has been unveiled today (8 June 2023).

The artists shortlisted for the 2023 Film London Jarman Award are:

From surreal animated worlds to filmic explorations of landscape and community, the 2023 Film London Jarman Award showcases the urgency, creativity, and humour of exciting new approaches to the moving image.

The artists shortlisted for the 2023 Film London Jarman Award create work characterised by a sense of resilience and joy, creating new visual languages and fresh perspectives on often tough and complex subjects.

Now in its sixteenth 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,MonsterChetwynd, LukeFowler,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.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said:
“The Film London Jarman Award is central to our support of artist filmmakers, celebrating the spirit of experimentation and imagination. Featuring works that are innovative and boundary pushing, we are thrilled to reveal this year’s shortlist. Congratulations go to all six shortlisted artists and I would like thank our funders, Arts Council England, for their vital support and to our event partners at the Barbican.”

On behalf of the Jury, Matthew Barrington said:
"This year's shortlist continues to reflect the fluid boundary pushing work being made within the ever-growing field of artists' moving image in the UK. The poetic, socially conscious, and singular nature of much of the work connects both to the legacies of previous awardees as well as that of Derek Jarman, and his large body of politically engaged work. Artists’ moving image has a varied and multifaceted lineage in the UK, and this year's shortlisted artists continue to forge new paths and create new engagements within the field of experimental film and video.”

The winner of the Jarman Award will be announced the week of 20 November 2023 at the Barbican Centre, London. In the run-up to the event, art and film lovers can explore the work of the shortlisted artists through a nationwide touring programme presented in partnership with a variety of our cultural venues, including Nottingham Contemporary, Spike Island (Bristol), g39 (Cardiff), LUX Scotland (Glasgow) and Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne).

The Jury who selected this year’s shortlist are: Matthew Barrington, Cinema Curator, Barbican; Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor, Arts and Topical, Channel 4; Artist and 2020 Jarman Award joint-winner, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Lila Rawlings, Head of Creative: Film and Television for award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s London-based company Esperanto Filmoj and Film London Board Member.