• Image: Hydar Dewachi
  • Semiconductor, Cosmos (2014), a public artwork in Alice Holt. Commissioned as part of Jerwood Open Forest 2014. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Forestry Commission England and Arts Council England. Image: Laura Hodgeson
  • Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Partition (2015). Commissioned for Jerwood Makers Open 2015, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image: Anna Arca
  • Shona Macnaughton, The Universal Schoolgirl (2016). Performed as part of Blend the Acclaim of your Chant with the Timbrels, an evening of screenings and performance curated by George Vasey (July 2016). Commissioned for Jerwood Staging Series, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image: Hydar Dewachi
  • Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2015 installed at Jerwood Space. Image: Hydar Dewachi
  • Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta Reason". Image: Hydar Dewachi
  • Owen G. Parry, Larry Underwater Kiss (2016). Jerwood Encounters: Common Property, curated by Hannah Peirce, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image: Jerwood Visual Arts
  • Antonio Roberts' installation at Common Property (2015), photograph by Hydar Dewachi

Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission and present new work. Artist opportunities run throughout the year alongside a programme of related exhibitions, events and commissioned writing, taking place online, in London and across the UK. We advocate for the best possible conditions for the making of art by providing well-resourced opportunities for artists, supported by our staff team and established artists, writers, critics and curators who have a significant national or international profile.

Ten years of support

2016 marks ten years of the programme. Since its inception in 2006, we have channelled a total of £4m through it, working with more than 1200 visual artists, writers and curators from across the UK and supporting a wealth of research and new commissions for audiences now regularly reaching over 60,000 a year.

Selected alumni of the programme include: Ed Atkins, Claire Barclay, David Blandy, Lucy Clout, Kate Cooper, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Benedict Drew, Cécile B. Evans, The Grantchester Pottery, Keith Harrison, Emma Hart, Nahoko Kojima, Taslim Martin, Nao Matsunaga, Clare Mitten, Joanna Piotrowska, Heather Phillipson, Elizabeth Price, Naheed Raza, James Rigler, Antonio Roberts, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Susan Sluglett, Marianna Simnett, Corin Sworn, Clare Twomey and Bedwyr Williams.

Our national exhibition programme provides a platform for newly-commissioned works by exceptional early career artists, selected from targeted open calls by a range of selection panels. Panelists, curators and advisors we have worked with have included: Martin Barnes, Phyllida Barlow, Iwona Blazwick, Paul Bonaventura, Broomberg & Chanarin, Marcus Coates, Dan Coombs, Michael Craig-Martin RA, Dexter Dalwood, Siobhan Davies, Stephen Farthing RA, Deidre Figueiredo, Neville Gabie, Salima Hashmi, Skinder Hundal, Chantal Joffe, Grizedale Arts, Dan Harvey, Shama Khanna, Tania Kovats, Jenni Lomax, Tim Marlow, Mali Morris RA, Fabian Peake, Emma Talbot, Joy Sleeman, Rachel Whiteread and Alison Wilding.

Current projects

Currently we run six national open calls, four of which are in partnership with leading arts organisations. These are: the Jerwood/FVU Awards in partnership with FVU; Jerwood Open Forest in partnership with Forestry Commission England; the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards in partnership with Photoworks; the Jerwood Drawing Prize in collaboration with Bath Spa University; Jerwood Makers Open; and the Jerwood Painting Fellowships.

We also run a number of curated exhibitions, Jerwood Solo Presentations and the Jerwood Staging Series, a Project Space offering commissions to develop work in the social environment of Café 171 at Jerwood Space; and the Backdrop Commission for an outdoor wall in the courtyard adjacent to the galleries at Jerwood Space. Exhibitions at Jerwood Space are accompanied by regular events featuring writers, artists and academics and we host three Writers in Residence each year.

We are a founder member of AIR and a-n’s Paying Artists Campaign. We do not require a formal education from anyone applying for our opportunities and we have reduced our entry fees to £10 across all proposal-based open calls.

Past initiatives include: Jerwood Painting Prize (1994 – 2003); Jerwood Applied Arts Prize (1994 – 2006); Jerwood Artists Platform (2002 – 2007); Jerwood  Photography Awards (2003 – 2008); Jerwood Moving Image Awards (2009-2010); Jerwood Contemporary Makers (2007-2010); Jerwood Sculpture Prize (2001-2009); and Jerwood Contemporary Painters (2007-2010).


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