Derek Jarman Protest!

2 December 2021 – 10 April 2022

“A major retrospective of the work of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture.”

PROTEST! is a major retrospective of the work of of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture, Derek Jarman (1942-1994). The exhibition will focus on the diverse strands of Jarman’s practice as a painter, film maker, writer, set-designer, gardener and political activist. This is the first time that all of these strands of his practice will be brought together in over 20 years. PROTEST! captures Jarman’s engagement with both art and society, as well as his contemporary concerns with political protest and personal freedoms arising from the AIDS crisis. Major bodies of work, from the 1960s to the 1990s, have been brought together; many of which have never been seen in public before.

Originally presented at IMMA, Dublin from 15 November 2019 – 23 February 2020, curated by Seán Kissane, the exhibition will be re-presented at Manchester Art Gallery by Curators Fiona Corridan, Manchester Art Gallery and author and filmmaker Jon Savage.

Derek Jarman, PROTEST! is organised by IMMA, Dublin, in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery, and is accompanied by additional projects at VOID, Derry, HOME, Manchester and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

The exhibition has been developed in close cooperation with the Keith Collins Will Trust, James Mackay and Amanda Wilkinson Gallery.


Caption: Derek Jarman. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license Author:  Gorup de Besanez


Further information
  • Restricted opening times Wednesday – Sunday 11.00 am–4.00 pm
  • Location Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
  • How to get there: By Metrolink – St Peter’s Square or Market Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations-both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines; By Bus – Nearest bus stops are in Piccadilly Gardens or on Princess Street; By Train – to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations – take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Market Street or St Peter’s Square; By Car – parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street – all are within five minutes of the gallery
  • Further information 0161 235 8888