We are delighted to be able to show a rare group of Derek Jarman works accompanied by a selection of our gallery artists. Kadie Salmon Mat Humphrey and James Crowther.
Derek Jarman was outspoken about homosexuality, his public fight for gay rights and his personal struggle with HIV. During the 1980s, Jarman was a leading campaigner against Clause 28 which sought to ban the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools.
Known as an artist he was also an experimental film maker who produced films that have become cult classics. Films such as Imagining October (1984), The Angelic Conversation (1985), The Last of England (1987) and The Garden (1990). He was also known as a stage designer, producing work for Ken Russell’s film The Devils (1971). He made his breakthrough into the mainstream with his film Sebastiane (1976), about the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. This film was one of the first British films to feature positive images of gay sexuality
In his punk film Jubilee (shot 1977, released 1978), Queen Elizabeth I of England travels to the future to a bleak wasteland ruled by her twentieth-century namesake. The film featured Toyah Willcox, and Adam and the Ants. His other films include, Caravaggio 1986, featuring Tilda Swinton, and War Requiem (1989) which brought Laurence Olivier out of retirement for what would be his last screen performance. He also directed music videos for various artists including Marianne Faithfull, the Smiths and the Pet Shop Boys. By the time of his 1993 film Blue, Derek Jarman was losing his sight and dying of AIDS-related complications. During the making of his film The Garden (1990), Jarman became seriously ill. His final film was the Glitterbug made for the BBC2 programme Arena. It was broadcast shortly after his death.
He is also remembered for his famous shingle cottage-garden, created in the latter years of his life, in the shadow of Dungeness nuclear power station. Derek Jarman died in 1994 aged 52.
His work features in the collections of the Walker Art Institute; Centre Georges Pompidou; MoMA and
image :Untitled (From the Egyptian Period 1976), work undated, oil on linen 10 x 15 cms