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Celebrating our Jarman Award joint win and a step forward in our mission to highlight the creative talent of neurodiverse artists.

We are absolutely delighted to share the news that, together with five pioneering artists and artist groups, we are joint winners of the 2020 Film London Jarman Award.

Inspired by the artist filmmaker Derek Jarman, the annual Jarman Award recognises and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of artist filmmakers in the UK.

This joint win means we will be awarded a share of the £10,000 prize money to support our work, but perhaps most importantly represents a victory in our ongoing mission to champion the creativity and rights of neurodiverse artists.

Our Executive Director Kate Adams says:

“We are so proud of the recognition our artists have received this year: Gemma’s collaboration with The National Lottery which sees her painting front a major national advertising campaign; Sharif Persaud’s solo exhibition at Autograph and his Spectrum Arts Award nomination; and now this – our joint win of this internationally renowned art prize!

“Whilst we absolutely applaud the growing visibility of neurodiverse people as part of our cultural life, we also want to highlight the shocking abuses they continue to experience behind closed doors.

“At Project Art Works, we will continue to work across the cultural and social care sectors to challenge this and we look forward to a time when everyone in our society is equally able to express their creativity through art and live freely.”

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To celebrate our joint win of the Jarman Award, we are making all of the winning films available until the end of November. Watch them here.

Excerpt from Illuminating the Wilderness, Project Art Works, 2019.

The Mask, Project Art Works, 2017.

Tesselate, Project Art Works, 2016.

No Church in The Wild, Project Art Works. 2015.


Image credit: Andy Simpson.

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