Manchester Art Gallery’s long-delayed celebration of the life and career of artist Derek Jarman will officially open on Wed 1 Dec, with visitors invited to explore key items from his career as a painter, writer, set-designer, filmmaker, political activist and gardener.

This extensive new retrospective chronicles Jarman’s engagement with both art and society by exploring a selection of his paintings, films and literature output. Marking 26 years since his death, Protest! aims to cover all areas of Jarman’s life and work, with a particular focus on his collaborations with young filmmaking and acting talent, including Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean and bands like The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys. In addition to the gallery itself, fellow Manchester art institution HOME will be screening a carefully curated season of films to accompany the exhibition, featuring original super-8s, to 1993 feature Blue.

Visitors will be able to further peek inside Jarman’s creative process by exploring archival material linked to his set-design work, including sketchbooks, photographs and scripts, whilst also being able to track his creative change-of-pace following his HIV diagnosis in 1986 by viewing diaries and memoir materials.

Originally due to open in early 2020, Manchester Art Gallery adapted their plans during lockdown to make a selection of the Jarman’s work available to view online. Now, with Manchester easing its way out of lockdown, local art-lovers will soon get the long-awaited chance to see this in-depth exhibition in person.

Thu 2 Dec - Sun 10 Apr, Manchester Art Gallery,
Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
, Tel: 0161 235 8888, FREE, 10am-5pm
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Sun 7 Nov 2021