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Revisiting Genesis. Image by Oreet Ashery

Revisiting Genesis. Image by Oreet Ashery

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Jarman Award 2017


31 Oct 2017

Come and see a programme of deep, sharp and, at times, playful works taking on some of the biggest subjects of our times and engaging with the world around us. This year’s Jarman Award shortlist are Lawrence Abu HamdanOreet AsheryAdham FaramawyMelanie ManchotCharlotte Prodger and Marianna Simnett.

The 10th anniversary edition of the Jarman Award celebrates an eclectic group of artists who resist being placed in a singular, defining box. Their practices are as diverse as the field of moving image itself. Each speaks with their own voice from their own place with their own visual style.


Melanie Manchot, Out of Bounds (B), 2016, 12min

Charlotte Prodger, BRIDGIT, 2016, 32min

Adham Faramawy, Janus Collapse, 2016, 10min

Marianna Simnett, The Needle and the Larynx, 2016, 15min

Oreet Ashery, Revisiting Genesis – Episode 2, 2016, 8min

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Rubber Coated Steel, 2016, 22min

Melanie Manchot, Out of Bounds (A), 2016, 5min


The screneing will be followed by a Q&A with artist Melanie Manchot and Nottingham Contemporary's Assistant Curator Angelica Sule.



Free, The Space

These artists’ works are the result of sharp observation, complex intellectual and aesthetic inquiry, and depth of thought, but this does not make them devoid of humour and playfulness. They do not shy away from ‘big’ subjects, and they do so without beautifying, simplifying or turning to clichés. They touch on human fragility, the limitations and boundaries of the body, mental health, death in the digital age and the legacy we leave behind, gender stereotypes and sexuality.

Inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of artist filmmakers.

The winner of the Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017 at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery, and will receive a £10,000 prize. The Award is supported by Channel 4, who have commissioned each of the shortlisted artists to produce a new film for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.

The tour runs from 30 September to 19 November 2017 and will take place in 12 venues across the UK.




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