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Jerwood Makers Open - An exceptional Development Opportunity for Ambitious Early Career Makers

24 September 2018, 17:00–17:00

Launched in 2010, Jerwood Makers Open is a commissioning initiative offering time, curatorial advice and logistical back up for early-career makers to develop their ideas and further their practice. It creates a space in which to recognise and celebrate the significance of making practice within contemporary visual arts.


Each year, Jerwood Makers Open receives around 200 entries. To date, the initiative has provided £217,500 in commissioning funds directly to artists, resulting in 29 significant new bodies of work. Over the past seven editions the initiative has provided a significant platform for its selected artists, with many of the 29 recipients gaining further critical recognition following the exhibition.


It is open to individuals, collaborations and collectives. There are five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and logistical advice from the Jerwood Visual Arts team to support the making of new work over a six month period for a group exhibition in London, followed by a UK tour.


We encourage ambitious, well thought through applications from those working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, and wood.


The selection for Jerwood Makers Open 2019 will be made by a panel of specialists: Rana Begum, artist; Grace Wales Bonner, fashion designer; Alun Graves, Senior Curator Ceramics and Glass at the V&A; Tanya Harrod, writer and independent design historian; and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.


Deadline for applications: 24 September 2018, 5pm


Full information on how to apply can be found in the Opportunities section of our website:

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Jerwood Space
171 Union Street