2018 Jarman Award

Image of Jarman Award 2018 shortlist (all artists portraits)

The Jarman Award 2018 shortlisted artists


Between them, the artists test the edges of filmmaking practice while deep-diving into contemporary concerns that range from the global to the hyper-local. From 35mm to CGI and animation, the artists’ palette draws from hip-hop to video games while telling kaleidoscopic stories that take in everything from speedway racers to the plight of the politically displaced.

Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive of Nottingham's New Art Exchange, said on behalf of the 2018 Jarman Award jury: "This year's selection bring a fresh and compelling series of narratives and styles, sharing a real and unreal brilliance in creativity, and demonstrating extraordinary gymnastics of the mind. They represent distinct worlds of thought and life experience, the prisms of expression bringing to the fore proactive instigations for a world that cries out for positive change. The Award's importance lies in its transformational effect for those who participate, whether they win or not, recognising their sustained practices, and introducing their work to new audiences around the UK. It is an honour for the jury to reward the artists' commitment, ambition and rigour."


The Jarman Award 2018 jury

  • Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member
  • Catherine Bray, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4
  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Melanie Manchot, Artist shortlisted for Jarman Award 2017
  • Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
  • Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema 


The Jarman Award 2018 tour and Award ceremony

The winner of the £10,000 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 27 November 2018 in a special ceremony at the Barbican Centre. In the lead-up to the announcement, a specially-curated tour of the shortlisted artists' work will visit England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales with screenings, exhibitions and artists’ talks at 13 major arts venues. The 2018 tour will culminate in a one-off weekend of talks, screenings and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 17 and 18 November.

Jarman Award tour dates

The MAC, Belfast
Wednesday 10 0ctober, 7.00pm
with Hardeep Pandhal, part of AMINI Festival
Free event, but tickets must be booked online or reserved at box office
Entry to this event is also included in AMINI festival pass

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
12 October – 28 October
Exhibition with programme on loop in the gallery space
Free, no booking required

Spike Island, Bristol
Wednesday 17 October, 6.00pm
with Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Tickets: £5 /£3 (concessions)

Glasgow Film Theatre
Sunday 28 October, 7.30pm
with Margaret Salmon
Tickets: £10.50 / £7.50 (concessions)

Dundee Contemporary Arts
Monday 29 October, 6.15pm
with Margaret Salmon

Turner Contemporary, Margate
Thursday 1 November, 7.00pm
with Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Free, booking required

Exeter Phoenix
Tuesday 6 November, 7.00pm
with Lawrence Lek
Tickets: £6

FACT, Liverpool
Wednesday 7 November, 6.30pm
with Daria Martin
Free, booking required

Nottingham Contemporary
Tuesday 13 November, 6.30pm
with Jasmina Cibic
Free, booking required

Firstsite, Colchester
Thursday 15 November, 7pm
with Jasmina Cibic
Free, booking required

G39, Cardiff
Thursday 15 November, 6.30pm

HOME, Manchester
Sunday 4 December, 4.00pm
As part of the Artists’ Film Weekender
£4/ £3 (concessions)

Whitechapel Gallery
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November, 11.30 am – 6.00 pm
Screenings, talks and performances with all the 2018 Jarman Award shortlisted artists
Tickets: £5 each day

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