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    Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta reason", 2012. Image: Hydar Dewachi
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    Jerwood Encounters: "Now I Gotta reason", 2012. Image: Hydar Dewachi
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    Jerwood Encounters: TTTT curated by Sarah Williams. Image: thisitomrrow.info
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    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.

Since the inception of the programme in 2006, Jerwood Charitable Foundation has channeled over £4.48m into the visual arts, working with more than 1784 artists, writers and curators from across the UK, supporting a wealth of research and new commissions which now reaches audiences of over 60,000 a year.

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 provides a platform for newly-commissioned works by exceptional early career artists, selected from targeted open calls by a range of selection panels. 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.

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.

  • 29,000
    Visits to the exhibition programme nationally in 2018
  • Over £439.800
    invested in developing visual arts practice in the UK in 2018
  • Over 100
    artists and writers supported in 2017

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 five national calls for entry, four 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/Photoworks Awards in partnership with Photoworks; Jerwood Makers Open and Jerwood Painting Fellowships.

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, every artist we work with receives a fee and we have reduced all our entry fees to £10. Our work is focused on early-career practitioners, who can be of any age.

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.

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.