Moving Pictures: Artists' Films from the Film London Jarman Award is a film programme that shows the strength and experimental nature of films and moving image works created by visual artists in the UK.

Artists’ film has moved from the British art scene’s fringes into the limelight over the past decade. Artists' moving image works are now shown in gallery and museum exhibitions across the country, and they have also been recognised by UK’s prestigious Turner Prize art award, with Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost being awarded for film works in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Moving Pictures brings together an eclectic range of moving image works by some of the most outstanding British or UK-based artist practitioners. The two programmes showcase the rich and diverse range of work currently being produced, from the fantastical surrealism of Rachel Maclean’s personification of the heraldic symbols found on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, to the mystery of Ben River’s film portrait of a 75-year-old man living in a remote part of Scotland. 

Moving Pictures is available as two programmes, each lasting around 70 minutes:

Programme 1 features work by the following artists:

  • Brad Butler and Karen Mirza (shortlisted for Artes Mundi 6 in 2014)
  • John Akomfrah (featured in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016 and in Venice Art Biennale 2015)
  • Anja Kirschner and David Panos
  • Stephen Sutcliffe
  • Ed Atkins
  • Rachel Maclean (featured in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016; representing Scotland at the Venice Art Biennale in 2017)
  • Emily Wardill
  • Elizabeth Price (Turner Prize winner in 2012)
  • James Richards (featured in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016; Turner Prize nominee in 2014; representing Wales at the Venice Art Biennale in 2017)

Programme 2 features work by the following artists:

  • Luke Fowler (Turner Prize nominee in 2012)
  • Laure Prouvost (features in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016; Turner Prize winner in 2013)
  • Ben Rivers
  • John Smith
  • Laura Buckley
  • Andrew Kötting
  • Benedict Drew (featuring in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016)
  • Clio Barnard (BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award in 2011)
  • Zineb Sedira

The programmes were selected by the British Council and Film London.

Each of these British or UK-based artist filmmakers has been nominated for the esteemed Film London Jarman Award over the past seven years. The Film London Jarman Award is an annual prize celebrating imagination, innovation and excellence among UK artist filmmakers. Inspired by Derek Jarman, one of Britain’s most experimental and controversial artists of the late 20th century, the award recognises work that resists conventional definition.

Watch a panel discussion at Tate Britain in London about artists’ moving image work in an international context

Artists’ talks

Some of the screenings are accompanied by talks by the featured artists. So far, this includes:

  • Rachel Maclean and Elizabeth Price in China in April 2015
  • Benedict Drew in Azerbaijan in May 2016
  • Laura Buckley in Estonia in September 2016
  • Stephen Sutcliffe in Ireland in November 2016
  • Brad Butler in Uzbekistan in December 2016
  • Anya Kirschner in Greece in June 2017