In September 2011 CIRCA Projects presented the first presentation of the 2011 Jarman Award touring programme, launching the project; CIRCA Screen in Sunderland. CIRCA Screen was a temporary venue dedicated to artists’ film and video. A liminal space between gallery and cinema, it aimed to promote dialogue around the ways in which artists work with the moving image and the screen.
Launched in 2008, the Film London Jarman Award gives recognition and support to artists working with the moving image and whose work resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence. The Award is inspired by visionary avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman, one of the most esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th Century.
The shortlisted artists nominated for the 2011 Film London Jarman Award were Ed Atkins, Claire Hooper, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Torsten Lauschmann, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Clio Barnard, Corin Sworn and Imogen Stidworthy. For the first year the 2011 shortlist was selected from a longer list of artists nominated by experts across the contemporary arts sector. The award offered a more comprehensive survey of the work and practice of UK film and video artists; celebrating the rich and eclectic array of work emerging in recent years. Following in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), and Emily Wardill (2010), the winner of the Film London Jarman Award is awarded a £10,000 cash prize and a unique broadcast commission, with a budget of £20,000, to make a film-based artwork for Channel 4’s new art strand. The Film London Jarman Award is the only award of its kind where an artist is rewarded with both financial assistance to enable them to flourish and the exceptional opportunity to broadcast their work on primetime national television.
Split across two programmes, the first event presented works by Ed Atkins, Claire Hooper, Torsten Lauschmann, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Clio Barnard, Corin Sworn and Imogen Stidworthy. The evening concluded with nominated artist Ed Atkins in conversation with curator, artist and writer, Steven Ball. The second event as part of CIRCA Screen’s presentation of The 2011 Jarman Award, presented the feature length film The Empty Plan by Anja Kirschner & David Panos.
In September 2012 CIRCA Projects will present works by the artists shortlisted for the 2012 Film London Award as part of the new ‘Presents…’ programme.