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!
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.
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
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
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
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
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
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.”