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Call for Entries: Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 is a major award for five early-career UK-based artists and makers to develop and present ambitious new works.

The award offers a supported, high-profile national platform for artists and makers who are between one and ten years of beginning their professional artistic practice to take risks at a pivotal moment in their careers. It seeks to raise the profile and visibility of making processes within the visual arts and create a space for critical dialogue between the craft and visual arts sectors.

Open to individuals, collaborations and collectives, we invite proposals for bold new work(s) using all forms of making and material experimentation.

We welcome proposals from those working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, wood, textiles, fashion and sculpture.

There are five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support from the Jerwood Arts team to support the making of new work over a six month period for a group exhibition in London, followed by a three-venue national tour through to 2022 including Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland.

The Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 selection panel of practicing artists and curators is Dame Magdalene Odundo (Potter), Yinka Ilori (Artist, Designer), Junko Mori (Artist, Maker in metal), Christine Rew (Art Gallery and Museums Manager, Aberdeen Art Gallery) and Harriet Cooper (Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts). The panel will be chaired by Lilli Geissendorfer (Director, Jerwood Arts).

Application is free, and the deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 26 August.

This eighth edition launches a new collaboration with the Art Fund and partnership with Aberdeen Art Gallery, who will host the exhibition of the new commissions in autumn 2022.

Find out more about the selection panellists and previous awardees here.

Find out about the 2019 edition of Jerwood Makers Open, currently on tour at Manchester Art Gallery, here.

Find out more and apply here.


Thursday 16 July, 2020
Wednesday 26 August, 2020
Jerwood Arts
Venue Address
171 Union Street

National , London

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