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Derek Jarman: A Celebration

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Join us for a celebration of iconoclastic artist Derek Jarman as we remember his rich legacy

Artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture. His works include the landmark films Jubilee (1978), Caravaggio (1986) and Blue (1993), as well as the memoirs Modern Nature (1991) and Smiling in Slow Motion (2000), and Chroma (1994), a poetic exploration of colour.

On the 25th anniversary of Jarman’s death from AIDS-related illnesses, writer Olivia Laing and author and director Neil Bartlett discuss how Jarman inspired their own practices and his continuing influence on culture and politics today. The conversation will be chaired by Dominic Johnson, Reader in Performance and Visual Culture at Queen Mary University of London, and the evening will be introduced by Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate.

Olivia Laing and Neil Bartlett will sign copies of their books after the discussion finishes at 20.00.

In association with VINTAGE Classics.​


Dominic Johnson

Dominic Johnson is a Reader in Performance and Visual Culture at Queen Mary University of London. His authored books include The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art (2015), and his edited books include Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (2013).

Neil Bartlett

Neil Bartlett is an author, theatre director and performer whose recent work includes projects with Artangel, LIFT and the Brighton, Manchester, Holland and Edinburgh International Festivals. He was a founder member of GLORIA, with whom he created A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep, Sarrasine and The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin. From 1994 to 2005 he was Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. He is also a novelist; his fifth novel, The Disappearance Boy, was published by Bloomsbury.

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She’s the author of To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City. Her latest book, Crudo, is a real-time novel about the turbulent summer of 2017. She writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and frieze, and in 2018 was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize in non-fiction.

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Date & Time

19 February 2019 at 18.30–20.00