Film London Jarman Award 2015 comes to Towner

Posted on 2/11/2015

This year’s Film London Jarman Award tour will see the best in contemporary artists’ filmmaking taken to venues across the UK from this autumn, coming to Towner Art Gallery from 5-8 November 2015.

Featuring work from the six artists shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Award, the tour will offer art and film lovers the chance to explore a diverse range of groundbreaking work, from Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s extraordinary documentary about the residents of a condemned Hackney housing estate to Bedwyr Williams’ futuristic storytelling.

Shortlisted artist Alia Syed will give a talk at Towner on Saturday 7 November at 2pm. Syed will discuss her film Points of Departure (2014), which uses archive footage of a collective past and combines it with personal recollections to fracture the normative culturally dominant view of Glasgow’s cityscapes and re-insert a Scottish Asian presence.

For the first time the tour spans England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with screenings, exhibitions and artist talks at 12 major arts venues from Manchester andMargate to Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff. The tour will culminate in a special weekend at Whitechapel Gallery on 21-22 November which will feature special installations, events and one-off performances.

The tour will visit Fact, Liverpool; The Mac, Belfast; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; CCA, Glasgow; Chapter, Cardiff; Watershed, Bristol; Home, Manchester; Nottingham Contemporary; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Towner, Eastbourne; Plymouth Arts Centre and Whitechapel Gallery, London.

To coincide with this year’s tour, a special exhibition of work of Ursula Mayer, the 2014 Jarman Award winner, is presented at The Gallery (8 October – 22 November), Tyneside Cinema’s space dedicated to artists’ moving image work. The exhibition is curated by Tyneside’s Elisabetta Fabrizi, and FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network).

Nominated by experts across the UK contemporary film and arts sectors, the Jury who selected this year’s shortlist are: Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery;Andrea Lissoni, Film and International Art Curator, Tate Modern and Film London Board Member; Pegah Farahmand, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4; Stephen Sutcliffe, Artist; Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director, LUX and Sol Papadopoulos, Producer, Hurricane Films.

The winner of the Award and £10,000 prize will be announced on 30 November 2015at a special ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery. Channel 4 will also support the award by commissioning a number of the artists to produce new films for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.

The 2015 Film London Jarman Award Touring Programme:

The shortlisted works are:
Adam Chodzko, Great Expectations (2015), 9 min
Seamus Harahan, Cold Open (2014). 13 min
Gail Pickering, Near Real Time (2015), 25 min (excerpt)
Alia Syed, Points of Departure (2014), 16 min
Bedwyr Williams, Hotel 70° (2015) 15 min
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Towards Estate (2012), 15 min

Book your place on Alia Syed’s talk on Saturday 7 November, 2pm