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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.

Lawrence Lek and Jamila Johnson-Small nominated for Arts Foundation Awards

08 January 2019

Two Jerwood Charitable Foundation alumni have been shortlisted for Arts Foundation Awards in 2019. The recipients of the five £10,000 fellowships will be announced at the Arts Foundation Awards on the 28th January 2019 with the runners all receiving £1,000 towards their practice.

Five art forms are chosen each year across the fields of fine and performing arts, literature, craft and design, new media and film. The Foundation uses leading practitioners and experienced professionals whose key positions enable them to identify the most talented and deserving artists in each of the six art forms.

Lawrence Lek is a multimedia artist and filmmaker based in London, working in fields of virtual reality and simulation. He creates site-specific virtual worlds and speculative films using gaming software, 3D animation, installation and performance. By rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual world on our perception of reality. We supported Lawrence Lek through the Jerwood/ FVU Awards.

Jamila Johnson-Small’s formal training is in dance and, since graduating in 2009, she has been finding ways to ‘upset’ this training as a statement about expectations of the performing body and its audience. With this approach, she presents work that acknowledges and mobilises the body as a site of politics, trying to destabilise and unsettle illusions of knowledge, achievement or development by incorporating work with forms in which she is an amateur. Jamila was also shortlisted for the 2017 Awards for Live Art. We supported Jamila through Project O at SPILL Festival, her collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley.