The Jarman Award

Jarman Award 2019

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The Jarman Award 2019 shortlisted artists


From cutting-edge digital animation to analogue 16mm film, the work of the shortlisted artists provides a barometer of the strength and diversity of artists working with moving image today. Flickering montages of news footage, real life action, surreal TV soap operas, intense musical scoring and collaborative work with children demonstrate the spectrum of innovation within the medium. Audiences are drawn into imagined realms and are gripped by compelling narratives, whilst continually being confronted with the urgent political climate of today.

Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva said on behalf of the 2019 Jarman Award jury: “This year’s shortlist of artists astonishes in its breadth of moving image practice. From cinéma vérité to highly-scripted drama, audiences will have an opportunity to experience work by all six artists when it goes on national tour in September.”  

Video: Jarman Award 2019 trailer

The Jarman Award 2019 jury

  • Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Artists, Shortlisted for the Award in 2018
  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Melanie Keen, Director, Iniva
  • Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema
  • Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member


About the Jarman Award

The Film London Jarman Award is a prestigious annual prize which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. Launched in 2008 and inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award is unique within the industry in offering both financial assistance and the rare opportunity to produce a new moving image work.

The Award has a reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Charlotte Prodger, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Duncan Campbell, Monster Chetwynd, James Richards, Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or win the Turner Prize.

The Film London Jarman Award is presented by Film London in association with Genesis Cinema, h Club London and Whitechapel Gallery.

Jarman Award 2019 shortlisted artists composite

The Jarman Award 2019 tour

As in previous years, a screening programme showing work by the 2019 shortlisted artists will tour to cultural venues throughout the UK, and will culminate in an extended two-day programme of expanded events at London's Whitechapel Gallery over the weekend of 16-17 November. Alongside one-off screening events, the touring programme will be exhibited at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (22 - 28 November) and Whitechapel Gallery (26 November - 8 December). 

The 2019 winner announcement ceremony will take place on 25 November at the Barbican Centre, London, where the winning artist will recieve the £10,000 Award.

The Jarman Award 2019 tour events


The MAC, Belfast
Thursday 26 September, 7pm
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


g39, Cardiff
Saturday 28 September, programme screened from 11am, Talk at 4pm
Free, booking required


Nottingham Contemporary
Tuesday 8 October, 6:30pm
Free, booking required


FACT, Liverpool
Wednesday 9 October, 6:30pm
Free, booking required


CCA Glasgow in partnership with LUX Scotland
Saturday 12 October, 6pm
Free, booking required


HOME, Manchester
Tuesday 22 October, 5:55pm
Full £9.50 / concessions £7.50
Member full £7.50 / concessions £6


Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Thursday 31 October, 6:30pm
Free, booking required


Spike Island, Bristol
Thursday 7 November, 6:30pm
£5 / £3 concessions and free to Associates members


Whitechapel Gallery, London
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November, 11:30am – 6pm
Screenings, talks and performances with all the 2019 Film London Jarman Award shortlisted artists
Full programme - TBC
Tickets: £5 per day




Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
22 - 28 November, 10am - 3pm (closed on Mondays)
Exhibition opening on Friday 22 November, 5 - 9pm, Q&A with artist at 5pm
Free, no booking required


Whitechapel Gallery, London
26 November – 8 December, Tuesday - Sunday 11am – 6pm, Thursdays until 9pm
Jarman Award Touring Programme
Zilkha Auditorium



Image credit: 
Film London Jarman Award 2019 shortlisted artists.
Top row, left to right: Hetain Patel, Mikhail Karikis, Imran Perretta. Bottom row, left to right: Cécile B. Evans, Rehana Zaman, Beatrice Gibson.


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