Derek Jarman

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Exhibition: Derek Jarman – My garden’s boundaries are the horizon

Jarman bought Prospect Cottage at Dungeness for £32,000 when he discovered the building while filming on the beach with Tilda Swinton and his partner Keith Collins. As he was diagnosed with HIV on 22 December 1986 he wanted “to get as much out of life as possible” and created this contemporary garden.

This is the first exhibition about Jarman’s garden and Jarman’s love of gardening. The cottage is not open for public but Jarman’s work such as his diaries, sketchbooks, Garden Notebooks,  tools and furniture borrowed from inside the cottage, will be displayed in the garden. It will also be accompanied by paintings and sculptures on loan from The Keith Collins Memorial Will Trust who has died in 2018 of a brain tumour aged 54.

The entry to Garden Museum is also included in the ticket price.
This exhibition is supported by The Linbury Trust.

24 Apr – 12 Jul 2020
Garden Museum
Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7LB
Tel: 020 7401 8865

Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday 10.30am–5.00pm

Prospect Garden:
Prospect Cottage
Dungeness, Kent

Jarman’s videos as a part of EuroNoize at Kunsthall Oslo

EuroNoize is a live music event similar to Eurovision song contest which took place this year on 23rd May in London at Scala. Different European alternative and underground bands performed at this music contest.

The music produced for this live event will be recorded and distributed internationally as a record together with the book and an exhibition at Kunsthall Oslo.

As a part of EuroNoize Kunsthall Oslo presents a selection of artists’ videos, rare films, home movies and music clips from different artists as a gallery-scale video jukebox, with a 5 metre screen, a 2K sound system. Among these artists is Derek Jarman with his Marianne Faithfull videos as well as Sigrid Bendz, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Bug Kann, Henning Christiansen, Shezad Dawood, Heldon & Gilles Deleuze, Holy Toy, Ewa Justka, Paul Kindersley, Klein, Felix Kubin, Rachel Maclean, Mama Bubo, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Lutz Mommertz, Mutamassik.

EuroNoize Exhibition
14th September – 27th October 2019
Kunsthall Oslo
Rostockgata 2-4
0191 Oslo

Derek Jarman film retrospective at Close-Up Film Centre

Close-Up Film Centre is an independent and experimental cinema in London and also known as London’s indie film spirit. On the 25th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death the cinema is showing some of his lesser known and screened films:

18 – 28 September 2019: The Garden

22 September 2019: In the Shadow of the Sun

22 – 29 September 2019: The Angelic Conversation

27 September 2019: The Last of England

28 September 2019: Derek Jarman’s Super 8 Film Cycle (Journey to Avebury, Tarot aka The Magician, Sulphur, Sloane Square aka Removal Party aka Sloane Square: A Room of One’s Own, Sebastian Wrap aka A Break from Sebastian aka Sebastian Mirror Film, Waiting for Waiting for Godot)

29 September 2019: Blue

More about the program and details about the screenings you can find on the Close-Up Film Centre website.

Close-Up Film Centre
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
+44 (0)20 3784 7970
Open everyday: 12:00 – 23:30

Rupert Everett reading extracts from Jarman’s diaries “Modern Nature”

Marking 25 years of Derek Jarman’s death, the English actor, writer and singer Rupert Everett, who knew Derek Jarman personally is reading chosen extracts from Jarman’s diaries, Modern Nature on BBC Radio 4 aired on 24th June 2019 at 09:45 AM. It is in the programme called Book of the week, Modern Nature Episodes 1 to 5, aired every day starting at 09:45 Am and 0:30 AM.

This programme is recorded in 5 episodes at Prospect Cottage, Jarman’s former home where he wrote Modern Nature. The reading is followed by soundtrack of music taken from works by Benjamin Britten.

While listening through these 5 episodes one will be reminded not only on Jarman’s garden diary but also on his childhood and his time as an artist, writer and film-maker.

One can still listen to these episodes online, on this link.

Artists announced for Jarman Award 2019

Jarman Award announced six shortlisted artists for 2019 award. Among them are Rehana Zaman with her film How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear? (2018), the footage of the Toxteth race riots in Liverpool, then Imran Perretta with his film Brother To Brother (2017). He works across the moving-image, sound, performance and poetry.

Mikhail Karikis and his film Ain’t Got No Fear (2016). He follows individuals wearing neon-masks through the marshlands of the Isle of Grain in Kent. Cécile B. Evans and her film Amos’ World: Episode Two (2018), she examines our emotions with the impact of technology.

Beatrice Gibson works with 16mm film and digital formats and explores her fears combined with motherhood, creativity and community in this world, her film is Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs [Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters] (2019). Hetain Patel uses humor as a bridge to connect people from two different cultures with his film Don’t Look at the Finger (2018).

The winner of the prize of £10.000 will be announced on November 25th at the Barbican Centre in London. Before the prize ceremony the shortlisted artists will be touring across 10 UK venues, ending their tour with two days of screening, discussions and performances at the Whitechapel on November 16th and 17th.

The Jarman Award 2019 jury is:

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy – Artists, Shortlisted for the Award in 2018
Iwona Blazwick OBE – Director, Whitechapel Gallery
Melanie Keen – Director, Iniva
Tyrone Walker-Hebborn – Director, Genesis Cinema and
Andrea Lissoni – Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member

Shadow Is the Queen of Colour – Derek Jarman at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery

During constructing and forming his garden in Dungeness in 1989/90, Derek Jarman also created these paintings that can be seen in the exhibition Shadow Is the Queen of Colour at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery until 22 June.

The two paintings Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (1989)  and Flesh Tint (1990) are the only work in this collection without black tar. They represent the central theme of The Garden. Further paintings are also made with embedded objects found on Dungeness beach and covered with black tar, like Ship in Bottle (1989), Crucifixion (1989) and others.

The gallery dedicates this exhibition to the memory of Derek Jarman’s companion and partner Keith Collins.

Shadow Is the Queen of Colour
12 April 2019 – 22 June 2019

Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
1st Floor, 18 Brewer Street
W1F 0SH London

Derek Jarman retrospectives at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Manchester Art Gallery

After the settlement of the legal dispute between the art dealer Richard Salmon and Amanda Wilkinson Gallery over Derek Jarman’s more than 80 works, the big retrospective can now be shown at The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin which opens in November 2019 and is curated by Seán Kissane – except his Black Paintings that are already exhibited in Amanda Wilkinson Gallery. Afterwards this exhibition will be taking place in 2020 in Manchester Art Gallery and is curated by Jon Savage.  This is a big opportunity as the curator at IMMA said, because “We don’t know Derek Jarman the painter, but that was his primary practice”.

Derek Jarman: Protest!
Nov 2019 – Feb 2020
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland

Sping/summer 2020:
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL


A short trip to Dungeness by the School of English at the University of Kent

The School of English at the University of Kent offers a free journey to Derek Jarman’s garden in Dungeness on May 15th 2019. Jarman bought Prospect Cottage, a small fishermen’s hut, shortly after his HIV diagnosis and there he created his beautiful and well known garden of Dungeness. The landscape around Dungeness is one of the largest expanded of shingle in Europe and is not comparable to others in the UK.

This day trip will be split into two parts: in the morning from 10:00-12:00 on campus the group will explore excerpts of Jarman’s writing about Dungeness, his artistic practice, the garden, and his sexuality. Then, from 12:00-16:00, they will travel to Dungeness to visit his garden and the surrounding area.

Explore Kent: Derek Jarman – Dungeness
by School of English, University of Kent

Wed, 15 May 2019, 10:00 BST
This event is free of charge

University of Kent (Canterbury)
Giles Ln, Canterbury CT2 7NZ

News from Derek Jarman

It’s fascinating, how many people around the world are still interested in Derek Jarman’s work and how many events are held on this subject. Therefore I would like to provide you with some information about current events and activities in this blog from time to time. Enjoy it and feel free to keep me informed about your current events!

English Heritage Blue Plaque for Derek Jarman

25 years after his dead Derek Jarman was honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque. The plaque was unveiled on February 19 at Butler’s Wharf Building, 36 Shad Thames, SE1 2YE, a former ware house building located on London’s South Bank of the Thames River, not far from Tower Bridge.

Jarman lived and worked there between 1973 and 1979. His studio at Butler’s Wharf bacame the third and also the longest station during the period he spent in warehouses. At this time he started with his Super 8 films in the tradition of private home movies, like these of his father and grandfather. Some of his short films recorded the private live of Bankside and Butler’s Wharf.

The blue plaque, the first one unveiled this year, remembers Jarman as “film-maker, artist and gay rights activist.”

The unveiling was performed by the actor and director Dexter Fletcher and LGBTQ activist Peter Tatchell said:
“Derek was a personal friend and I worked with him for many years. He was a strong supporter of the LGBT+ direct action group OutRage! and was arrested in 1992 when we tried to march on Parliament to demand the repeal of anti-gay laws. As he often reminded people, he spent most of his life as a criminal under legislation that outlawed homosexuality. He gave me and other OutRage! members a cameo part in his film Edward II, to highlight the parallels between Edward’s violent demise and contemporary anti-LBGT violence. Derek was the first UK public figure to come out as HIV-positive, at the Aids & Human Rights conference that I organised to parallel the World Health Minister’s first summit on Aids in 1988.”

And the English Heritage trustee and Blue Plaques panel member, David Olysoga continued:
“Jarman was a major cultural figure of the last quarter of the twentieth century. He was a unique voice in cinema, an important campaigner for gay rights, a painter and a gardener. He brought a creative and disruptive energy to everything he did, at a time when it was urgently needed. We are delighted to honour him here on the South Bank, where he began to create his Super 8 universe.”

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