Jarman Award To Give Artist Filmmakers £26,000 In Prizes

The 5th annual Jarman Award is a prize inspired by one of Britain’s most innovative, esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman. Celebrating the spirit of experimentation, imagination and inspiration in the work of UK artist film-makers, The Jarman Award recognises individual artist film-makers whose risk-taking work resists boundaries and conventional definition – work that encompasses innovation, excellence and vision.

Film London in association with the Whitechapel Gallery announced a stellar line up of ten UK-based contemporary artists, comprising Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Marcus Coates, Shezad Dawood, Benedict Drew, Nathaniel Mellors, James Richards, Ben Rivers, Aura Satz, Matt Stokes and Thomson & Craighead, as the shortlisted artists for the prestigious Jarman Award’s fifth year, also marking the 70th anniversary of the birth of artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman who continues to inspire the spirit of the award.

The winner will be announced at a special event on 6 November at the Whitechapel Gallery, receiving combined prize money of £10,000 and a film commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts commission. Three further artists will also be commissioned for Random Acts this year.

Selected from a record number of artist entries, nominated by experts across the UK contemporary arts sector, the extended shortlist, presents the work of ten artists who use the film and video medium in a range of diverse and interesting ways. It offers a comprehensive survey of the work and practice of UK based film and video artists, and celebrates the rich and eclectic array of work emerging in recent years.

The 2012 Jury who will select this year’s winners are: Stuart Comer film curator, Tate Modern (Chair);  Mark Cousins, Film-maker, author and curator; Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation, Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview; and Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4.

Launched in 2008, the Film London Jarman Award gives recognition and support to artists working with the moving image and whose work resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence. The Award is inspired by visionary avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman, one of the most esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th Century.

A UK touring programme showcasing works by the 10 shortlisted artists will take place from 12 September to 3 November at venues across the UK, including FACT, Liverpool , CCA, Glasgow and CIRCA Projects Newcastle . The tour will culminate in a special event at London’s Whitechapel Gallery on Saturday 3 November with screenings, Q&As and performances. Full details of the touring programme including further dates, will be announced shortly.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: “Year after year the Jarman Award showcases some of the UK’s most interesting artists working with the moving image in the UK and this year’s shortlist is no exception. A fantastic line up whose work demonstrates what an exciting time it is for the sector. At Film London the Jarman Award is central to our support of artist moving image, and rightly so it has become something of an annual celebration. We are proud to be presenting it for the 5th year and thank our funders Arts Council England and partners Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery for their ongoing support.”

Following in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), Emily Wardill (2010), and Anya Kirschner & David Panos (2011), the 2012 winner of the Film London Jarman Award will be awarded a £10,000 cash prize and a unique broadcast commission – to make film-based artwork for Channel 4’s acclaimed Random Acts strand, for which Film London is one of the commissioning partners.

A change for the 2012 Film London Jarman Award, is that three further artists, selected from the shortlist by Channel 4 and the jury panel, will also be commissioned to make a short film for Random Acts. The total value of the four Random Acts commissions is £16,000.

This is the only Award of its kind where an artist is rewarded with both financial assistance to enable them to flourish and the exceptional opportunity to broadcast their work on primetime national television.
2012 Shortlisted Artist Biographies: Any mid-career artist film-maker, whose work embraces the spirit and the legacy of Jarman’s highly experimental and risk-taking approach, can be put forward for this annual prize.

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler have worked together since 1998, and in 2004 formed no.w.here, an artist-run space. Their practice is centred upon collaboration, dialogue and the social; early works emerged from their interest in seminal avant-garde film and since 2007 they have pursued a strain of practice entitled The Museum of Non Participation. This ongoing body of work confronts (non) participation and the socio-political in art works. Mirza and Butler have recently completed a new film, Deep State, and its companion work, Hold Your Ground. In Spring 2013 they will present a major solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Coates’ practice questions how we perceive humaness through imagined non-human realities. An extensive knowledge and understanding of British wildlife has led him to create unique interpretations of the natural world and its evolving relationship with society. Through self designed rituals informed by traditional cultures, he consults a non-conscious world of animals and birds to seek relevant information.  He has performed ‘consultations’ with a variety of clients including The Mayor of Holon, Israel, A Residents Housing Association in Liverpool, UK, and the City Council of Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Coates received the Paul Hamlyn Visual Arts Award 2008 and the Diawa Foundation Art Prize 2009 and was the Calouste Gulbenkian Artist in Residence in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, 2008.

Born in London, Dawood trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood works across various media and much of his practice involves collaboration, frequently working with other artists to create unique networks around a given project or site. These networks map across different geographic locations and communities and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and restaging. For example, his collaborative film project, Feature (2008), which relocated the action of a traditional western to the English countryside, slipping into other sub-genres such as the zombie-flick, and Wagnerian opera, as well as South Asian god-flick. Dawood is one of the winners of the 2011 Abraaj Capital Art Prize. His work has been exhibited internationally, including as part of ‘Altermodern’, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at Tate Britain, and the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009), and the Busan Biennale in Korea (2010). Recent projects include a solo touring exhibition opening at Modern Art Oxford in April 2012 and an upcoming solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London (2013).

Benedict Drew works across video, performance, sound and other media. He graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include This Is Feedback at Outpost, Norwich. Gliss, Cell Project Space, The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Stephenson Works, Newcastle. Group exhibitions include Containing the Possible, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.There Is Not And Never Has Been Anything To Understand!, ACS Gallery. Things That Have Interested Me, Waterside Contemporary, and SOUNDWORKS, ICA. He is currently lead-artist for Chisenhale Gallery’s Propeller Project and a LUX Associate Artist.

Nathaniel Mellors is an artist and musician who lives and works in Amsterdam & London. His work explores relationships between language, power and humour through film & video and different modes of object production which are contingent on his script-writing.

He is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at Leeds Metropolitan University and an advisor at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Mellors studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School, Oxford University (1996-99) and the Royal College of Art, London (1999-2001). He is a co-founder of Junior Aspirin Records and is / was a member of the groups God in Hackney, Advanced Sportswear and Skill 7 Stamina 12. Recent exhibitions include  ILLUMInations – the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); British Art Show 7 – In The Days of the Comet, 2010-11; Altermodern, Tate Triennial 2009 and solo exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery, London (2012); Salle de Bains, Lyon (2012); I.C.A., London (2011); SMART Projects, Amsterdam (2011) and Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2011).

Richards is an artist working in video and sculpture as well as organizing screenings and working on exhibition design, after graduating from Chelsea School of Art and has participated in the LUX Associate Artist Programme. He was shortlisted for the Luma Foundation, Luma award 2011 and will be resident in Berlin with the DAAD in 2013. Recent solo shows have been held at CCA Kitakyushu (2012) Chisenhale, London and RODEO, Istanbul (both 2011). He has also curated screenings for a number venues including Pleasuredome, Toronto, ICA, London, Serpentine Gallery, London and Light Industry, New York as well as collaborating with Dan Kidner and George Clark on the exhibition Infermental, Focal Point Gallery, Southend in 2010. Recent collaborative projects include An Echo Button, with Ed Atkins and Haroon Mirza for Performa 11 (2011) and DISAMBIGUATION with Steve Reinke, Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2010)

Ben Rivers studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. After his degree he taught himself 16mm filmmaking and hand-processing. His first film The Joy of Walking, toured the world as part of ‘Experiments in Terror’ organised by Other Cinema in San Francisco. Since then he has made over 15 films, showing extensively at international film festivals, as well as galleries, and theatres around the UK.  In 1996 he co-founded and has since co-managed/programmed Brighton Cinematheque – renowned for screening a unique programme of film from its earliest days through to the latest artists’ film and video. His first feature length film Two Years at Sea was presented in September 2011 in the Orizzonti section at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI prize.

Aura Satz’s practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. In recent years she has completed a collection of films which look closely at sound visualisation through various technologies such as Chladni  patterns, the theremin, mechanical music, phonograph grooves and drawn/optical sound, paying close attention to the materiality of such technologies, the resulting sound patterns and the modes of gestural engagement.  Satz has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including FACT (Liverpool); Site Gallery (Sheffield); Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento (Italy); De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea); the Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland); Färgfabriken (Stockholm); Tatton Park Biennial (Cheshire); AV festival (Newcastle); BFI Southbank, Whitechapel Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, ICA, Jerwood Space, Tate Britain, Beaconsfield Gallery, Artprojx Space, and the Wellcome Collection (London). Forthcoming exhibitions and performances include the Tate Oil Tanks (London); Arnolfini (Bristol); Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, as part of Hayward Touring exhibition in association with Cabinet Magazine, curated by Brian Dillon, Turner Contemporary (Margate) and de Appel Amsterdam. During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL.

Matt Stokes’s practice stems from a long-term inquiry into subcultures and phenomena that provide a sense of collectivity, shaping and influencing people’s lives and identities. His works are made by immersing himself in settings through which collaborations with informal communities arise, resulting in films, installations and events. Stokes lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle. Recent solo exhibitions include Nuestro tiempo/Our Time, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville (2011), Cantata Profana, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2011), The Distant Sound, De Hallen, Haarlem (2011), No Place Else Better Than Here, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2010).

Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead are fascinated how globalisation and networked global communications have been re-shaping the way we all perceive and understand the world around us. They live and work in London and Kingussie in the highlands of Scotland making artworks and installations for galleries, museums and site-specific locations that include the worldwide web. Recent exhibitions include; Haus der Kunst, Munich; BFI Southbank, London; Berkeley Art Museum, California; Artists Space, New York; Tang Contemporary, Beijing and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Jon is Reader in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, while Alison is Reader in contemporary art and visual culture at University of Westminster and lectures in fine art at Goldsmiths University, London. In Spring 2013, Jon and Alison will have a solo exhibition of recent work at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery in London.

About the Film London Jarman Award:

In 2008 Film London and Channel 4 in partnership with the Serpentine Gallery launched the Jarman Award, an annual prize inspired by acclaimed artist filmmaker, Derek Jarman. The winner for the 2008 inaugural year was artist Luke Fowler. His 3 Minute Wonder commissions Anna, Helen, David and Lester premiered on C4 in April 2008 over 4 nights achieving audiences of up to 921,000 people per night. Luke Fowler enjoyed his first solo show in 2009 at London’s Serpentine Gallery (May-June 09) and has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2012. 2009’s winner Lindsay Seers major new show ‘It Has to Be This Way’ opened in Copenhagen in May 2010. Her work has since been shown in major contemporary art venues including Gallery TPW, Toronto, National Gallery of Denmark and BALTIC, Gateshead.  Emily Wardill received the Award in 2010. She has recently completed her second feature film, Fulll Firearms, funded by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, which was shown in cinemas in the UK and internationally.

Artist duo Anja Kirschner & David Panos won the 2011 Jarman Award for their collaborative films which collide popular culture references, historical research and literary tropes and re-imagine the past in order to interrogate the future.  Kirschner and Panos are working on a large scale moving image project in Athens, and are producing commissions for Channel 4 for broadcast in Autumn 2012.

Further information about the award can be found here: www.filmlondon.org.uk/jarmanaward   

About Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN):

Film London, the capital’s film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city’s businesses and people. Through the Filming Partnership: London and the South East, the agency sustains, promotes and develops the region as a major international production and film cultural capital, working with all the screen industries. Film London is supported by the London Development Agency, also receiving significant support from Arts Council England London, the Mayor of London and Skillset: www.filmlondon.org.uk

Film London is a major supporter of artists’ work, through the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). FLAMIN was launched by Film London in 2005 as a one-stop resource to provide London-based artists working in the moving image with access to funding, guidance and development opportunities. Through our unique commissioning funds we have commissioned over 100 productions, and FLAMIN has supported the careers of countless other artists with programmes of one-to-one advice sessions, residencies and workshops.

FLAMIN also commissions long form moving image works by UK artists through FLAMIN Productions, a scheme for artists who are working with the moving image as their chosen medium. Launched in 2009, FLAMIN Productions commissions includes the debut feature from artist Ben River, Two Years At Sea which received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Film screening in the Festival’s Orizzonti section. FLAMIN Productions 2012 commissions were announced in May, from artists Sebastian Buerkner, Zarina Bhimji, Rachel Reupke and Jane & Louise Wilson.

The 2012 Film London Jarman Award winner will be announced at a special event on Tuesday 6 November at the Whitechapel Gallery.


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