The Jarman Award

The Jarman Award 2017

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The shortlist for the 10th edition of the Jarman Award has been announced.

The Jury who selected this year’s shortlist are: 


  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Catherine Bray, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4
  • Shona Illingworth, Artist
  • Peter Taylor, Director, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
  • Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema
  • Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member


This year’s Jarman Award Tour will travel to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, showcasing work by the six artists from 1 October 2017 to 19 November 2017 in 12 venues around the UK. It allows audiences the opportunity to see a curated programme of innovative and stimulating moving image work and hear from the artists themselves. Events will take place in major arts venues from Manchester and Margate to Newcastle, Belfast and Cardiff, culminating in a special weekend of screenings, discussions and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 18 and 19 November. 

The winner of the 2017 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017 at a celebratory event at Curzon Soho. The winner will receive prize money of £10,000. Channel 4 will also support the award by commissioning all the shortlisted artists to produce new films for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.

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 Duncan Campbell, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, 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 Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery.

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