Earlier this year Manchester Art Gallery was gearing up to launch Derek Jarman Protest! – a showcase of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture, featuring a major retrospective of the artist’s work. With COVID-19 throwing everything into chaos, the venue adapted their plans to make a selection of the artist’s work available to view online – and now, they’re finally able to reveal that the exhibition will be available to view in person from Friday 21 May – 31 October 2021.

This new exhibition chronicles Jarman’s engagement with both art and society by exploring a selection of his paintings, films and literature output. In addition to the gallery itself, fellow Manchester art institution HOME will be screening a carefully curated season of films to accompany the exhibition, with an excerpt of a new film – Leaving Time by filmmaker Mark Jordan – available to view on the Manchester Art Gallery website as an early taster for 2021 showcase.

While we wait for May 2021 to arrive, a selection of Jarman’s work is still available to view online, including an interview with Jarman on punk for Jon Savage’s book England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, a peek at Jarman’s Super 8 filmmaking, a documentary focusing on the artist’s work and a written introduction to his film work penned by HOME’s Creative Director of Film and Culture, Jason Wood. The team behind the exhibition are adding new Jarman-related items all the time – so it’s worth checking back regularly to see what becomes available.

Fri 18 Sep, Manchester Art Gallery,
Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
, Tel: 0161 235 8888, FREE, 10am-5pm
A. James Simpkin
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Fri 18 Sep 2020