London-based artist film-maker James Richards has won the 2012 Film London Jarman Award, annual prize inspired by one of Britain’s most innovative, esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th century, Derek Jarman. As winner, Richards will receive a £10,000 cash prize as well as a broadcast commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts.
Richards, a graduate of Chelsea School of Art, works with found and re-edited material to create complex and immersive audio-visual mixtapes. Recent work has taken the form of curated events featuring moving image and sculpture. He was selected from a shortlist of 10 artists also included Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Marcus Coates, Shezad Dawood, Benedict Drew, Nathaniel Mellors, Ben Rivers, Aura Satz, Matt Stokes and Thomson & Craighead.
From the shortlist Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Nathaniel Mellors and Shezad Dawood will also be commissioned for Random Acts this year.