The Jarman Award

We're delighted to announce London-based artist Ursula Mayer as winner of the 2014 Jarman Award. Selected from a shortlist made up of some of the best artist filmmakers working today, the jury said that "it was the work of Ursula Mayer that came closest to touching on the language that Derek Jarman himself so often strived for."

As winner, the Austrian-born artist receives a £10,000 cash prize and a commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts. Sebastian Buerkner, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, and Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard were also awarded Random Acts commissions.

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Ursula Mayer collects her prize from Adrian Wootton and John Maybury. Photo by Anna Gordon

2014 Shortlist 

The 10-strong shortlist of UK-based contemporary artists for this year's award:


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About the Jarman Award

Celebrating the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK artist filmmakers, the Jarman Award recognises individual artist filmmakers whose risk-taking work resists boundaries and conventional definition - work that encompasses innovation, excellence and vision. 

The purpose of the award is open-ended — an investment in the career of an individual enabling a period of experimentation without pressure. The award shines a light on artist film-makers who are to our times what Jarman was to his.

Any mid-career artist film-maker whose work embraces the spirit and the legacy of Jarman's highly experimental and risk-taking approach can be put forward for this annual prize.

The winner of the annual Award not only receives a £10,000 cash prize, they also receive a short film commission for Channel 4's arts strand -  Random Acts.

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