Film London has announced the six moving image artists shortlisted for its 2015 Jarman Award, the £10,000 prize that celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. The award, which is inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, is now in its eighth year.

The selected artists are: Adam Chodzko, Seamus Harahan, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.

For the first time, the lead up to this year’s award announcement will see a showcase of works by the shortlisted artists touring the UK, taking in 12 major venues between September – November. Work by the 2014 Jarman Award winner Ursula Mayer will also be exhibited at The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne (one of the tour venues), 8 October – 22 November.

The winner will be announced on 30 November at a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery. Alongside the prize money, Channel 4 will also support the award by commissioning a number of the artists to produce new films for its Random Acts arts strand.

This year’s jury includes: Iwona Blazwick OBE (Director, Whitechapel Gallery); Andrea Lissoni (Film and International Art Curator, Tate Modern and Film London Board Member); Pegah Farahmand (Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4); Stephen Sutcliffe (Artist); Maria Palacios Cruz (Deputy Director, LUX); and Sol Papadopoulos (Producer, Hurricane Films).

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