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Screening & Conversation: Film London Jarman Award 2022 with Alberta Whittle

Screening & Conversation: Film London Jarman Award 2022 with Alberta Whittle

Composite image of film stills from shortlisted artists in the Film London Jarman Award 2022. Courtesy Film London.

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Discover the incredible diversity within the world of artists’ filmmaking in the UK, with a presentation of the work of the shortlist of this year’s Film London Jarman Award. Films in the programme use animation, archive, poetry, dance and hypnotic music to explore narratives around abolition and colonial history, adolescent London in the 90s and Fairy folklore, pop culture and climate change.

The artists shortlisted this year are: Grace Ndiritu, Onyeka Igwe, Alberta Whittle, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Morgan Quaintance, Jamie Crewe.

As part of the touring programme, Spike Island will be hosting the film screening with a Q&A with Alberta Whittle, on her Venice Biennale premiering work Lagareh – The Last Born, which is anchored around theories of abolition, rebellion, ancestral knowledge and love.

Inspired by visionary British filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Award recognises and supports artists working with the moving image. The shortlisted artists illustrate the spirit of inventiveness within moving image, highlighting the breadth of creativity and craftsmanship the medium has to offer, as well as its powerful ability to engage and provoke audiences. The Award comes with a £10,000 prize.

FULL SCHEDULE

Alberta Whittle, Lagareh (2022), 42 mins
In conversation: Alberta Whittle and Carmen Juliá, Curator, Spike Island

Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Black Poirot (2018-2021), 21 mins
Morgan Quaintance, Surviving You, Always (2020), 18 mins
Grace Ndiritu, Black Beauty (2021), 29 mins
Jamie Crewe, False Wife (2022), 15 mins
Onyeka Igwe, a so-called archive (2020), 20 mins

The winner of the Film London Jarman Award will be announced on the 22 November at the Barbican Centre. The award is presented in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery.
The tour runs from 23 September to 17 November, in partnership with seven arts venues across the UK.

ABOUT THE 2022 SHORTLISTED ARTISTS

JAMIE CREWE
Jamie Crewe is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University and Glasgow School of Art. They have had a number of solo exhibitions, including at Gasworks (London), Tramway (Glasgow), and Grand Union (Birmingham). Their work has also been presented in group exhibitions such as Glasgow International Festival Director’s Programme and I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London). Crewe was the recipient of the tenth Margaret Tait Award, Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists, and the resultant work, Ashley, was premiered at Glasgow Film Festival in March 2020.

ONYEKA IGWE
Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation. Igwe’s video works have been screened at Camden Arts Centre (London), Dak’art OFF (Senegal) and Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh) and at film festivals internationally including European Media Arts Festival (Germany), London Film Festival, Media City Film Festival (Canada) and the Smithsonian African American film festival (USA). Solo exhibitions include The High Line (New York), Mercer Union (Toronto), LUX (London) and Jerwood Arts (London). She was awarded the Foundwork Artist Prize (2021) and the Berwick New Cinema Award (2019).

GRACE NDIRITU
Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan filmmaker and visual artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world. Her work is housed in museum collections such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The British Council, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Modern Art Museum Warsaw. Recent exhibitions include the British Art Show (2021/2022), Kunsthal Gent (2021) and Nottingham Contemporary (2021). Her debut short film Black Beauty (2021) was screened at 72nd Berlinale Film Festival (2022), FID Marseille (2021) and 16th Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival (2021). Upcoming exhibitions include a mid-career survey at SMAK, Ghent, Belgium in 2023.

MORGAN QUAINTANCE
Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer. His moving image work has been shown and exhibited widely at festivals and institutions including MoMA (New York), McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco), Konsthall C (Sweden), David Dale (Glasgow), European Media Art Festival (Germany), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Scotland), Images Festival (Toronto), International Film Festival Rotterdam and Third Horizon Film Festival (Miami). He is the recipient of the 2022 ARTE Award at Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, the 2021 Jean Vigo Prize for Best Director at Punto de Vista in Spain, and the 2021 UK Short Film Award at Open City Documentary Film Festival, London.

ROSA-JOHAN UDDOH
Rosa-Johan Uddoh is an interdisciplinary artist inspired by Black feminist practice and writing. Solo exhibitions include Stuart Hall Library (London), Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool), Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea) and Destiny’s Atelier (Oslo). Group shows include Workplace Gallery (London), Pioneer Works (New York), 68 Institute (Copenhagen) and EXILE (Vienna). Her work is in collections including the Arts Council Collection. She won the Artquest Peer Forum Award at Camden Arts Centre, received a Sarabande: Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholarship – selected by Nick Night (OBE) and is a New Contemporaries Artist.

ALBERTA WHITTLE
Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and curator. She was awarded a Turner Bursary, the Frieze Artist Award, and a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award in 2020. She is Margaret Tait Award winner (2018/9). Whittle has exhibited and performed in various solo and group shows including Gothenburg Biennale, Lisson Gallery (London), Liverpool Biennial, Art Night London, British Art Show, Glasgow International Festival, Eastside Projects (Birmingham), GoMA (Glasgow), the National Galleries of Scotland, 13th Havana Biennale (Cuba), The Showroom (London) and the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg). Her work has been acquired for the UK National Collections, The Scottish National Gallery Collections, Glasgow Museums Collections and The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art.

FILM LONDON
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

FLAMIN
Since 2003, Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) has been at the very heart of the sector’s development, bringing artist filmmakers to a wider audience away from the margins. They provide professional support and expert training along with valuable funding and national and international exhibition opportunities in galleries, cinemas and for broadcast. Funded by Arts Council England, FLAMIN has commissioned over 150 productions and supported the careers of countless other artists. Flagship projects from FLAMIN include the commissioning fund FLAMIN Productions, the annual Film London Jarman Award and the new programme for early career artists, the FLAMIN Fellowship.

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FILM LONDON

Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

FLAMIN

Since 2003, Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) has been at the very heart of the sector’s development, bringing artist filmmakers to a wider audience away from the margins. They provide professional support and expert training along with valuable funding and national and international exhibition opportunities in galleries, cinemas and for broadcast. Funded by Arts Council England, FLAMIN has commissioned over 150 productions and supported the careers of countless other artists. Flagship projects from FLAMIN include the commissioning fund FLAMIN Productions, the annual Film London Jarman Award and the new programme for early career artists, the FLAMIN Fellowship.

www.filmlondon.org.uk/FLAMIN
Twitter: @FL_FLAMIN
Instagram: @film_london
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FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network) is supported by Arts Council England.

The Jarman Award is supported by Whitechapel Gallery.