We are delighted to present the Jarman Award touring programme for a fifth time in the northeast, extending an ongoing dialogue around how British artists work with moving image and the screen today.
In November artist Bedwyr Williams, following his appearance at Giff Gaff, will join us for a Q&A after a screening of works by this year’s shortlist: Adam Chodzko, Seamus Harahan, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed and Bedwyr Williams.
The Jarman Award tour runs from 29 September to 22 November 2015 and will take place in 12 venues across the UK, spanning England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the first time this year.
This year’s shortlist of artists were chosen for bodies of work representing uncompromising power, beauty and humour. The programme shows the breadth of practice within contemporary filmmaking, from extraordinary documentaries and lyrical storytelling to mesmerising works that interweave glimpses of the past with digital technologies.
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 30 November 2015 at a special ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery and receive a £10,000 prize. The Award is supported by Channel 4, who commission a number of the shortlisted artists to produce new films for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.
Bedwyr Williams works across various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, often bringing them together as larger installations. He is interested in the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. Often he satirises the role of the artist and that of the curator against this backdrop creating cruel, absurd scenarios for them to appear in. Video, in recent years, has become of particular interest after a decade working with spoken word performance. This new film work mixes media and involves collaboration using humour and bathos to explore issues and subjects including, our insignificance in the universe (The Starry Messenger, 2013) a hoarding dystopian future (ECHT, 2014) and buildings with odd angles (Hotel 70º, 2015).
His most recent work Century Egg, 2015, made during, a residency with the Museums of Cambridge University, ponders the idea of preserving objects and the moment when ‘things’ become archived ‘things’. It will be presented at the British Art Show in 2015. Recent and forthcoming solo shows include Whitworth, Manchester, UK; Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, IR; g39, Cardiff, UK; Vestjyllands Kunstpavillion, DK (all 2015); Tramway, Glasgow, UK for Glasgow International; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno,UK (2014); 55th Venice Biennale for Welsh Pavillion,Venice, IT, (2013); IKON, Birmingham, UK (2012); and Kunstverein Salzburger, Salzburg, AT (2011).
1- Bedwyr Williams, Hotel 70º, 2014, Digital Video. Courtesy the artist and Limoncello Gallery.
2- Bedwyr Williams, ECHT, 2014, Digital Video. Courtesy the artist and Limoncello Gallery.