This year the Jarman Award was presented by the filmmaker John Maybury, a friend and colleague of Jarman at a ceremony in Whitechapel Gallery to the Austrian-born artist Ursula Meyer.  She was selected from 10 shortlisted artists and received a £10,000 cash prize and a commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts.

The other shortlisted artists are:

  • Redmond Entwistle
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
  • Stephen Sutcliffe
  • Sebastian Buerkner
  • John Akomfrah
  • Stephen Claydon
  • Laura Buckley
  • Rachel Reupke
  • Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Ursula Meyer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MA at Goldsmiths College in 2005. Her single and multi-channel films are dialogues with all areas of contemporary culture including architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and visual art. She has exhibited in major art festivals and institutions such as Performa 11, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tramway, Glasgow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MoMA PS1, New York; Garage, Moscow; and Kunsthalle Basel. Mayer’s films often use iconic architectural locations, and focus on the interaction between female figures. The influence Derek Jarman has had on her work was, in particular his films Jubilee (1978) and Last of England (1988).

More about Ursula Meyer and her work your can find on this link.