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Installation View – works by Marcin Rusak, 2017. Commissioned for Jerwood Makers Open 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image: Anna Arca

Jerwood Makers Open

A commissioning initiative supporting self-directed projects in the applied arts.

Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial commissioning opportunity for self-directed projects by UK based artists, makers and designers who are within 10 years of beginning their practice, and was launched in 2010. It supports exceptional early career makers to develop their ideas independently of specific commissioning structures and is selected through a national open call. Five artists each receive £7,500 to create new works for a national touring exhibition.

We launched this initiative in response to a need for makers to undertake projects outside the specific commercial briefs common in the applied arts, in order to develop their personal vision and enable them to take risks, learn and experiment. It also responds to an ongoing dialogue around the place of materials, skills and process in contemporary visual arts.

The artists selected in 2016 were: Sam Bakewell, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Jessica Harrison, Marcin Rusak and Laura Youngson Coll.

Selected by: Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Director, Craftspace; Skinder Hundal, CEO/Director, New Art Exchange; Geoffrey Mann, artist and Programme Director, Glass at Edinburgh College of Art; Clare Twomey, artist, and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts. 

The completed commissions will be presented for the first time in an exhibition at Jerwood Space, London in summer 2017 before touring the UK.