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James Mackay: Gardens of Jarman Livestream


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27 October
6:30pm – 7:30pm

On Tuesday 27 October, James Mackay will be talking about the gardens that inspired and were inspired by Derek Jarman. In conversation with Peter Fillingham.

For those who can’t make it to the Museum to attend this talk in person, we are delighted to be livestreaming this talk so you can watch from the comfort of your own home! Buy your tickets below, and on the day of the event you will receive instructions via email with a link to watch the talk online.

The Gardens of Jarman

Jarman’s bleak coastal home of Dungeness in Kent, his garden and the nearby landscape surrounding a nuclear power station, a setting Jarman compares to the Garden of Eden or Garden of Gethsemenae, became the setting for many of his films such as The Garden (1990) and Blue (1993).

This conversation between James Mackay and chaired by Peter Fillingham will explore gardens and Jarman’s own garden at Prospect Cottage within Jarman’s work. From extracts of Dancing Ledge, his written and photograph account of sexual awakenings, sixties excess and sexual politics to a discussion of the Hanging Garden at Phoenix House on Charing Cross Road, Jarman’s flat from 1984, a stones throw from Soho and the backdrop to the era devoted to “dressing-up” and nocturnal escapades.

The act of gardening gave Jarman the solace and energy to continue working, even after AIDS robbed him of his sight. He created the film Blue (1993) in response to going blind, a meditation on impending death. As his vision slowly deteriorated the colour that remained the longest was blue

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