• Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta reason", 2012. Image: Hydar Dewachi
  • Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta reason", 2012. Image: Hydar Dewachi
  • Jerwood Encounters: TTTT curated by Sarah Williams. Image: thisitomrrow.info
  • Works by Matthew Finn, origionaly commissioned through thet Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015. Image: Anna Arca

Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Visual Arts is our national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which we work 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 to be supported by established artists and curators who have a significant national or international profile.

Our national exhibition programme showcases newly-commissioned works by exceptional early career artists, selected from targeted open calls by a range of selection panels. We also run a number of curated exhibitions, 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 public courtyard at Jerwood Space.

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.

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.

  • 76,547
    Visits to the exhibition programme nationally in 2015
  • 6
    Exhibitions toured across 11 venues nationally in 2015
  • 89
    Artists and writers supported to make new work in 2015

Exhibitions at Jerwood Space are accompanied by regular events featuring writers, artists and academics and we host three Writers in Residence each year. 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 partnership with Bath Spa University; Jerwood Makers Open; and the Jerwood Painting Fellowships.

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.

Ten years of support for visual arts practice

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.

Our commitment to visual artists, curators and makers through Jerwood Visual Arts means that we are rarely able to support visual arts projects through our grant funding programme. Please see our Funding pages for more information.

Past initiatives include: the Jerwood Painting Prize (1994 – 2003); Jerwood Applied Arts Prize (1994 – 2006): Jerwood Artist 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).

Details of all our current initiatives are below and full details of opportunities can be found on the Jerwood Visual Arts website.