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Installation view – Lawrence Lek, Geomancer, 2017. Commissioned for Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017: Neither One Thing or Another, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella. Image: Anna Arca.

Jerwood/FVU Awards

A major commissioning initiative for early-career moving image artists, in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella.

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a major annual commissioning opportunity for moving-image artists within five years of beginning their practice and were launched in 2011 in partnership with FVU. The Awards support early career moving-image artists and focus on practical, developmental support where the nurturing of ideas and expertise is consolidated by substantial production opportunities. They are selected by a specialist panel through a national open call in response to a changing curatorial theme for each edition.  Two artists each receive £20,000 and full production support from FVU over a 10-month period, as well as access to the extensive moving-image facilities of University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries, to make significant new works for a national touring exhibition.

We launched this initiative in partnership with FVU in response to a need for significant major commissions for early career moving-image artists, who are at an unproven stage in their practice. It contributes to an ongoing dialogue around urgent or timely concerns within moving-image through the curatorial theme and commissioned works. This, and the element of risk in working with artists who are at an early stage in their practice, sets the Awards apart from other opportunities in the field.

The selected artists in 2017 are: Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta. 

They were selected by:Noor Afshan Mirza, artist and co-founder of; George Vasey, currently working as a curator on the Turner Prize 2017 and curatorial fellow at Newcastle University; Steven Bode, Director, FVU; and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.