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The 2015 Jarman Award Touring Programme + Q&A

See a diverse and thought-provoking programme of artists’ moving image and hear from one of the six shortlisted artists for this year’s Jarman Award: Adam Chodzko, Seamus Harahan, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.

The tour runs from 29 Sept to 22 Nov 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.

Works in the programme:

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, Echt, 2015, 26 min, or Hotel 70°, 2015, 15 min
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Towards Estate, 2012, 15 min, or Estate: A Reverie, 2015, 83 min

Event details

We are pleased to welcome director Seamus Harahan for a Q&A following the screening, chaired by Chris Paul Daniels, Lecturer, BA Filmmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Seamus Harahan’s video, installation, film and sound based practice engages directly with place. His starting point is not the making of art; instead his strategy is to forget and just film the social and cultural environment around him. Harahan uses his video camera – a relatively accessible and moderately affordable technology – to take hand-held, seemingly amateur footage, the contents of this footage, locating himself and locating others, through found activity occurring around him. The main subject is often the urban environment, its incidental detail and fugitive nature. Music is a vital element in all of Harahan’s works, with songs used as soundtracks or informing the composition, title or duration of individual pieces. The artist takes songs from an eclectic range of sources, including reggae and hip hop as well as English and Irish traditional music.