Jenn Nkiru among artists to share Film London Jarman Award 2020 prize in recognition of challenging year

Main image: Jarman Award 2020 shortlisted composite portraits. Top left to bottom right: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Project Art Works, Larissa Sansour, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Jenn Nkiru.

Announced at a special online event that for the first time ever, all six shortlisted artists will receive a share of the £12,000 Film London Jarman Award Prize money. The Jarman Award, which was established in 2008, recognises and supports artists working with moving image in the UK.

The decision to split the prize money was a collaborative decision between the six shortlisted artists, Film London and the Jury for the 2020 Jarman Award. It reflects the solidarity of the artistic and creative community in the face of challenging economic conditions resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 Art and artists have the power to make change and for this reason we want to share the prize as a statement of equity for the works we are all invested in making and those they give voice to… We believe that our cultural contribution takes on increased resonance, despite the difficulty of the circumstances we find ourselves in. Our work stems from a multiplicity of perspectives that we cannot privilege, one over the other… We acknowledge the history of the award and also in particular Derek Jarman’s long term collaborations with artists and communities and his love and care for those he worked with and amongst. He formed allyships across time, genres and people. In this spirit we wish to share the award. In these times of turbulence and trauma we must build change and stand in solidarity with each other and those we represent. This gesture aligns with new directions for living and working and reflects the artists and values FLAMIN and the judges have selected in 2020. 

The Film London Jarman Award artists

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