The Film London Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK-based artist filmmakers. The Award is inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman.
We supported Hetain Patel though Jerwood Choreographic Research Project in 2014; Cécile B. Evans through Jerwood Encounters: TTTT in 2014: Imran Perretta through the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unexpected Consequences; and Rehana Zaman was part Jerwood Staging Series in 2017 and is currently a Jerwood Artist Adviser.
Hetain Patel was presented with the £10,000 award during a ceremony at the Barbican Centre in London which was introduced by actor, writer and director Rupert Everett, who knew Derek Jarman personally.
Hetain makes photographs, videos, sculptures and live performances. He is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. Patel is Sadler’s Wells’ New Wave Associate Artist, patron of QUAD, Derby and Visiting Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. He is also a member of a-n’s Artists Council.
His subject matter has ranged from turning a Ford Fiesta car into a transformer with his father, to a performance piece made entirely of quotes from American film and TV shows.
The Film London Jarman Award was established in 2008 and celebrates the diversity and creativity of artists working in film today. The award is run in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, with support from Genesis Cinema and h Club London.
This year’s jury included: Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member; Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, who were shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award in 2018; Melanie Keen, Director, Wellcome Collection; and Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema.
Previous winners of the Film London Jarman Award include: Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), Emily Wardill (2010), Anya Kirschner & David Panos (2011), James Richards (2012), John Smith (2013), Ursula Mayer (2014) Seamus Harahan (2015) and Heather Phillipson (2016), Oreet Ashery (2017), Daria Martin (2018).
The Film London Jarman Award exhibition is at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 26 November – 8 December 2019. www.whitechapelgallery.org