Jerwood Makers Open

Hitomi Hosono, 'Large Feather Leaves Bowl' 2013

Hitomi Hosono, 'Large Feather Leaves Bowl' 2013

Hitomi Hosono, 'Large Feather Leaves Bowl' 2013

Jerwood Makers Open 2014

11 July - 31 August 2014


Jerwood Makers Open is a major initiative in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme and recognises rising stars in the world of applied arts. It offers crucial support in the early stages of their careers, enabling the selected artists to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures.  The finished commissions will be shown for the first time in an exhibition at Jerwood Space in London, before touring the UK.

Following commissions of £7,500 earlier this year, ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and spatial storytellers FleaFollyArchitects, were given the opportunity to develop new ideas central to their individual practices. This resulting work will be shown for the first time in London, before touring the UK.

Chosen from over 240 UK-wide applications, the selected makers not only include two collaborative duos – the first time in the award’s four year history – but also offer a range of projects rooted within and across different disciplinary backgrounds, from architecture and spatial design to more traditional craft-based skills in ceramics and glass. As a group, these makers push the boundaries of craftsmanship, combining a high level of technical skill with intelligent conceptual thinking.

• Looking to develop her organic porcelain designs, Hitomi Hosono will create a series of delicate sculptures inspired by the vibrancy of the South Pacific and for the first time will experiment with the use of colour in her botanical forms.

• Royal College of Art graduate Matthew Raw, best known for his ceramic pieces that fuse a relationship between narrative and structure, will create a life-sized ceramic-tiled façade of a British pub inspired by historic turn-of-the-century designs and contemporary issues of gentrification.

• London-based artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen will explore production processes within making and design to create a series of hand-crafted LED signs, displaying fragments of text that originated in the process of sourcing electronic components from China. Composed of sentences that have been either lost, or perhaps found in translation, Giving More to Gain More will encapsulate the poetic moment in which computerised systems reinterpret language.

• Shelley James, whose practice investigates new techniques and the creative possibilities of glass, will develop a new series of glass works rooted in new scientific explorations of perception and the way we view space.

• Energetic architecture practice FleaFollyArchitects, co-founded by Thomas Hillier and Pascal Bronner in 2013, is known for using unorthodox narratives and programmes to create original and often surreal observations. They will create a fictional universe using the themes and characters from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a metaphor for our digital age, in particular the Internet, exploring how this has changed from a tool for good to an uncontrollable monster of our own making. 

The artists were selected by an independent panel comprising foremost figures in the creative world, Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council; Junko Mori, artist and silversmith and Claire Catterall, Director of Exhibitions and Learning at Somerset House.

The exhibition of new works will open as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, London, from 11 July to 31 August 2014, before touring the UK.  


First launched in 2010, Jerwood Makers Open is a leading initiative from Jerwood Visual Arts that aims to recognise the significance of making practice and process within contemporary visual arts. Previous recipients of the award have included rapid prototype jeweller Farah Bandookwala, installation artist Keith Harrison, ceramicist James Rigler, glass artist Louis Thompson, conceptual maker Maisie Broadhead and Japanese paper-cut artist Nahoko Kojima.

For further details about previous exhibitions please visit the Exhibition Archive

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