The Jarman Award

Jarman Award 2019

Image of Hetain Patel winning the Film London Jarman Award 2019

The winner of the 12th Film London Jarman Award was Hetain Patel.

The announcement was made on 25 November 2019 at a celebratory event at the Barbican Centre, London. The winner received prize money of £10,000.

The Jarman Award 2019 shortlisted artists

Watch interviews with the Film London 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 tour

As in previous years, a screening programme showing work by the 2019 shortlisted artists toured to cultural venues throughout the UK, culminating in an extended two-day programme of expanded events at London's Whitechapel Gallery over the weekend of 16-17 November 2019. Alongside one-off screening events, the touring programme was exhibited at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (22 - 27 November 2019) and Whitechapel Gallery (26 November - 8 December 2019). 

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

The Jarman Award 2019 tour events

UK Exhibitions

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
22 - 27 November, 10am - 3pm (closed on Mondays)
Programme plays at 10am, 12pm and 2pm
Exhibition opening on Friday 22 November, 5 - 9pm, Q&A with Cécile B. Evans at 5pm

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


International Exhibitions

B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2019, Frankfurt (part of Frankfurt Book Fair)
16 - 20 October

KWM Art Center, Beijing 
31 October - 23 November, Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 7pm



The MAC, Belfast
Thursday 26 September, 7pm
In conversation: Rehana Zaman
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
In conversation: Hetain Patel
Free, booking required

CCA Glasgow in partnership with LUX Scotland
Saturday 12 October, 6pm
In conversation: Imran Perretta
Free, booking required

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

Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Thursday 31 October, 6:30pm
In conversation: Hetain Patel
Free, booking required

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

Whitechapel Gallery, London
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November, 12pm – 5pm
Screenings, talks and performances with all the 2019 Film London Jarman Award shortlisted artists, exploring the work of three of the artists each day
The full programme can be found by clicking the link below
Tickets: £5 per day


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 ProdgerLawrence Abu HamdanDuncan CampbellMonster ChetwyndJames RichardsLuke FowlerElizabeth 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

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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