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IMMA is delighted to present PROTEST! a major retrospective of the work of British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994). One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Jarman trained as a painter at the Slade School (1963–7) alongside David Hockney and Patrick Proctor. From the 1970s onwards he devoted the majority of his attention to film-making, however he continued to paint throughout his life. A true renaissance man, his practice encompassed painting, sculpture, film making, writing, gardening, theatre design, pop-videos, as well as important queer agit-prop and political activity.

Jarman has been the subject of important exhibitions at the Serpentine, London; Tate Britain; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; but this is the first time that the diverse strands of his practice will be brought together. The year 2019 also marks 25 years since Jarman’s death in 1994.

A major new book will be published to accompany the exhibition, in association with Thames & Hudson.

A film retrospective of the work of Derek Jarman will be shown at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in partnership with IMMA in late 2019.

The exhibition will tour to Manchester Art Gallery in spring/summer of 2020, and Void, Derry will present a selection of his film works in late 2019.


About the Artist

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Derek Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, political activist and author. He was educated at the University of London and at the Slade School of Art. — View Artist »