Jerwood’s search for risk-takers relaunched

The Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open, the competition for risk-taking artists that allows them time and money to experiment, has been relaunched with a new Art Fund partnership.

The 2021 biennial Open will be the eighth but the first to be associated with the Art Fund and the refurbished Aberdeen Art Gallery, giving five early-career artists and makers £8,000, six months, and back-up to work on ground-breaking projects, followed by a national exhibition tour of the results. Meanwhile the 2019 Open exhibition, which was interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown, is to reopen at Manchester Art Gallery later this summer.

Image shows a detail from Malene Hartmann Rasmussen's In The Dead of Night from the 2015 Jerwood Open

“Artists at an early stage in their careers face a particularly challenging time due to Covid-19 and the lack of work opportunities” said the Art Fund’s director, Jenny Waldman. “Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open will give five UK-based artists and makers an opportunity to create ambitious new work and to have their work exhibited in London, Aberdeen and on tour. It will also give a young curator an opportunity to work with major museums and practicing artists and makers. We hope the award will encourage museums to present and collect works by artists practicing in crafts and applied arts.”

The new partnerships will allow the programme to deepen the curatorial expertise, networks and knowledge w vital to grow and sustain the next generation and bring their works to audiences across the UK, said Lilli Geissendorfer, director of Jerwood Arts. “Since 2010, these awards have championed outstanding early-career artists and makers across the UK at a pivotal point in their practice, and encouraged critical debate, visibility and dialogue around contemporary craft and applied arts within UK public collections” she said. “These new partnerships will strengthen the profile and importance of making, craft and applied arts presented within a visual arts context. For the first time, our lead regional museum partner – for this edition, Aberdeen Art Gallery – will create a new curatorial opportunity”.

Details for application can be found here and the deadline is 5pm on August 26.

 

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