11 September 2012

The shortlist for the 2012 Jarman Award - which has been awarded annually since 2008 by Film London and Channel 4 to a UK-based artist or collective who use film and video in their practice - has been recently announced and FACT is delighted to be hosting the first UK showcase of the entire shortlisted artist programme.

This is your chance to come and catch the who's who of artist film and video that is happening across the UK and to meet the talent behind these productions.

Carrying a prize of £10,000, the number of artists in the running has been increased to ten and this year include Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Marcus Coates, Shezad Dawood, Benedict Drew, Nathaniel Mellors, James Richards, Ben Rivers, Aura Satz, Matt Stokes and Thomson & Craighead.

The eventual winner will also receive a commission to produce a new work for broadcast on Channel 4, as will three others chosen from this list, the latter being a new element to this year's edition of the award. The shortlist was drawn up from suggestions made by a network of industry professionals.

The 2012 Jury who will select this year's winners are: Stuart Comer film curator, Tate Modern (chair); Mark Cousins, filmmaker, author and curator; Aaron Cezar, director, Delfina Foundation, Iwona Blaswick, director, Whitechapel Gallery, Tabitha Jackson, commissioning editor for arts of Channel 4, and ArtReview editor Mark Rappolt.

One of a stellar line up nominated for this year's much-lauded artist film initiative, The Jarman Award, British artist Shezad Dawood's debut feature, Piercing Brightness was an eerie sci-fi exploration of aliens and alienation, set in Preston, and which has its world preview at FACT during the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in 2011 (check out the trailer on the right hand side of this page)

Of the selected artists, FACT is delighted to welcome James Richards - one of the UK's leading emerging artists for a special Q&A at FACT on Wednesday 12 of September. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to catch one of the most exciting film and video events in the annual FACT calendar.

Buy your tickets for the Jarman Awards shortlist online, by calling 0871 902 5737 or in person at the Box Office.