Earlier this year, Manchester Art Gallery was gearing up to launch a showcase of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture, Derek Jarman, with a major retrospective of his work. With COVID-19 throwing everything into chaos, the venue have adapted their plans to make a selection of the artist’s work available to view online. Titled ‘PROTEST!’, the exhibition chronicles Jarman’s engagement with both art and society and by visiting the Manchester Art Gallery website, you can explore a selection of Jarman’s painting, film and literature output. The items currently available to view online include 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 12 Jun, Manchester Art Gallery,
Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
, Tel: 0161 235 8888, FREE, 10am-5pm
A. James Simpkin
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Fri 12 Jun 2020