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.
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, Patrick Hough, Nahoko Kojima, Taslim Martin, Nao Matsunaga, Clare Mitten, Lawrence Lek, 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, David Dimbosa, Stephen Farthing RA, Deidre Figueiredo, Anna Fox, Neville Gabie, Ori Gherst, 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.
Currently we run seven national open calls, five of which are in partnership with leading arts organisations. These are: Jerwood/FVU Awards in partnership with FVU; 3-Phase in collaboration with Eastside Projects and WORKPLACE; Jerwood Open Forest in partnership with Forestry Commission England; Jerwood/Photoworks Awards in partnership with Photoworks; Jerwood Drawing Prize in collaboration with Bath Spa University; Jerwood Makers Open and Jerwood Painting Fellowships.
We also programme a number of curated exhibitions including: Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Staging Series and the Project Space offers commissions to develop work in the social environment of The School House cafe 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 also run a number of projects including an Artist Bursaries award and Artist-led Workshops.
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).