Film London has launched the 2014 Jarman Award. The agency has invited key people from the UK’s art world to nominate UK moving image artists as potential recipients of this year’s Award, which is presented in partnership with Channel 4 and in association with the Whitechapel Gallery. Artists nominated by commissioners, artists, cinema programmers and gallery curators will be in the running for the £10,000 prize money, plus a short film commission for Channel 4. The winner will be announced at a special event in autumn 2014, following a national tour of work from the shortlisted artists.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission,said: “It is my pleasure to welcome the Film London Jarman Award back for its seventh edition. Rewarding innovation in moving image art encourages further experimentation and diversity, making this award an important part of the UK’s cultural landscape. It is also special because it is the only award specifically for artist film-makers working today, and I thank our funders Arts Council England for their ongoing commitment, as well as our partners Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery.”
The winner of the 2014 Film London Jarman Award will receive £10,000 and a part in Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts. Three further artists will also be commissioned to make a short film for Random Acts this year.
Launched in 2008, the Film London Jarman Award is inspired by visionary and provocative artist Derek Jarman. The Award is committed to recognising and celebrating the breadth of contemporary moving image practice in the UK. It gives recognition and support to artists whose work resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence.
The Award has a history of backing the best contemporary talent in the sector, with the last two Turner Prize winners – Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost – having previously been shortlisted for the Award, indicating the quality of the artists the Award celebrates.
The Jarman Award is only part of Film London’s work to support the artist film-makers. Through the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), it provides vital production funding to ensure London’s artists can continue to create exciting, challenging and thought-provoking work.
As part of Jarman 2014, a multi-partner UK-wide initiative, marking the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death, previous Film London Jarman Award Channel 4 commissions are now available to view on the BFIplayer http://player.bfi.org.uk/.
Further information about the award can be found here: www.filmlondon.org.uk/jarmanaward