These FAQ are regularly updated in response to enquiries from potential applicants. If you have further questions after reading these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within 3 working days.
Access and Support with Making an Application
Are there any costs involved in applying?
Application to this fund is free. We recognise that making an application involves significant unpaid labour on the part of applicants and aim to provide as much information on these pages to help you make an informed decision about whether to apply and how to put together an application. As part of trying to reduce this unpaid labour the application form contains mainly Yes/No questions based on eligibility, one text-based answer and contact details for one referee per applicant.
Can I make an audio/video application?
Yes. There is one short text-based answer and if you would prefer to upload an audio or video recording, the online application portal provides the opportunity for you to do this.
We will ask you to complete contact details, the Yes/No eligibility questions and an equal opportunities monitoring form in written form to assist the processing of your application. No assessment of the production quality of audio or video recordings will be made.
What happens if I experience a technical issue with the website?
We test the guidance pages on our website and the application portal thoroughly. However, we know that technical difficulties do arise. If you experience an issue with the website, please report it to email@example.com.
You may find this especially frustrating if it happens right before the deadline, therefore we strongly advise that you submit your application well in advance.
What is the maximum number of people each 1:1 FUND can support?
Two. Each 1:1 FUND is designed to support two individual practitioners (artists, curators and/or producers) only. We anticipate that some pairings might need to work with an additional support person as part of their activity, such as an access support worker or a therapist.
Why are we offering this fund to two artists, curators and producers working together?
As a cross-art form funder for early-career artists, exploratory, cross-disciplinary collaboration is something we are well-placed to support. We have funded many successful partnerships across our funding programmes, from established collaborations to those exploring working together for the first time. For those considering the possibilities for their practice within the pandemic and beyond, we hope the opportunity to connect with others will be generative. We also know that it is particularly rare for a funding opportunity to embrace a new collaborative partnership. Usually, some evidence of having worked together would advantage an application. The 1:1 FUND is therefore specifically designed to be able to take a risk on new pairings, and we hope to support new ideas and collaborations, as well as those who have worked together previously.
Why is this for early-career artists, curators and producers only? How have you arrived at this definition of ‘early-career’?
Jerwood Arts mission is to support early-career artists from across artforms from across the UK. Up until now, we have defined ‘early-career’ as specifically within 1-10 years’ length of professional experience for majority of our opportunities. We have always recognised that many practitioners do not take a linear route into their professional practice, and many people might have been practicing for longer than ten years but experienced breaks due to personal reasons such as health or caring responsibilities. While we made efforts within our guidance and application forms to explain this, we have also received feedback that this approach was still excluding too many. For the 1:1 FUND, we are therefore trialling removing the 10 years length of practice limit, while continuing to adhere to its spirit in line with our overall mission to support early-career artists.
What do you mean when you say that Jerwood Arts can only support artists, curators and producers with a ‘professional artistic practice’?
Across all our funding, Jerwood Arts supports early-career artists, curators and producers with a professional artistic practice. Generally speaking, this means that eligible applicants will have had their work performed, exhibited, produced, recorded or broadcast in a professional context on at least one occasion. We do not measure the ‘professionalism’ of an artistic practice based on how much money the individual earns from their work. We know that many professional artists take on other occupations alongside their practice to earn their living. For Jerwood Arts, a professional artist will view their artistic practice as their primary purpose and professional identity, however much time they are able to spend on it.
Why doesn’t the 1:1 FUND support those with fewer than two years’ experience, such as recent graduates who have been impacted negatively by the pandemic?
We recognise how difficult it is for recent graduates from art schools, and arts and performance degrees more broadly. The 1:1 FUND is unlikely to be able to equip very recent graduates with the sustainable infrastructure they would need to build a career. Jerwood Arts has an established remit of supporting artists, curators and/or producers with some existing professional experience, who have reached a critical moment in their career, and who will require a particular kind of support to maximise their potential and propel them into the next phase of their development.
How much activity can the fund support?
For the £2000 award, and taking into account fair pay practices, we imagine that this fund will enable at least one day’s fee for each collaborator and a maximum of five days if both are working together consistently.
What is a budget which includes fair pay?
To give a sense of the scope of the fund, here are two examples which outline how you might like to use this funding in line with Jerwood Arts’ commitment to fair pay:
Artist Fees: Artist 1: 5 days @ £200 = £1000
Artist Fees: Artist 2: 5 days @ £200 = £1000
Studio costs: in-kind
Total Activity: £2000
Additional caring costs confirmed after selection: £200
Total Grant: £2200
Artist Fees: Collaborator 1: 2 days @ £200 = £400
Artist Fees: Collaborator 2: 3 days @ £200 = £ 600
Travel Costs: 2 x train tickets @ £90 = £180
Materials Costs: £420
Total Grant: £2000
Random Selection Process
What is a True Random Number Generator?
A true random number generator (TRNG) is a hardware component that generates a string of random bits, which are fully unpredictable. This can be used as a cryptographic key. It relies on atmospheric or unpredictable phenomena in physical variables as a source of randomness.
Here is some context on the True Random Number Generator we will be using:
‘TRNGs extract randomness from physical phenomena and introduce it to a computer. The physical phenomenon can be very simple, like the little variations in somebody’s mouse movements or in the amount of time between keystrokes. In practice, however, you have to be careful about which source you choose.
A really good physical phenomenon to use is a radioactive source. The points in time at which a radioactive source decays are completely unpredictable, and they can quite easily be detected and fed into a computer, avoiding any buffering mechanisms in the operating system… Another suitable physical phenomenon is atmospheric noise, which is quite easy to pick up with a normal radio. This is the approach used by Random.org.’
The Application Process
Can I feature in more than one application to the 1:1 FUND?
No. Each applicant should feature in only one application to this fund. If an applicant is named in more than one application, both applications will be removed from the process.
Why do we need to fill in two forms?
We have divided up the form in this way to reduce the potential for duplicate applications by asking each individual to confirm their intention to apply. It will also enable us to collect answers to the equal opportunities monitoring questions securely for each individual.
Equal opportunities monitoring information will be kept separately from your main application form. The information will not be used as part of the eligibility check or selection. The information will be aggregated to provide information about who applied and who was selected. For each question in the equal opportunities monitoring form there is an option to ‘prefer not to say’.
How should I approach my referee?
We recognise that it can be time-consuming to approach a referee and appreciate that it adds another layer to application-making. We would like this to be as straightforward as possible for applicants.
This short text can be copied and pasted into an email to a potential referee and should give them all the information they need. Some applicants may have a more personal relationship with their chosen referee and take a more informal approach. You might also like to share some information with them about what you’d like to work on if you are awarded.
“I am currently making an application to Jerwood Arts’ 1:1 FUND and I was wondering if I could put you down as my referee?
Jerwood Arts have asked each applicant to provide contact details for one referee. You don’t need to write anything in advance.
The fund would support me and my collaborator with a £2,000 award to work together and explore new ideas. For this fund, applications will be selected using a random number generator.
You would only be contacted by Jerwood Arts staff only if my application is randomly selected. They would contact you to discuss your understanding of my artistic career to date and the projects I have been working on most recently. This would help them to check that my current experience level fits within the ambitions of the fund, which is directed towards early-career practitioners.
If you are happy with this, I would need to provide Jerwood Arts with your name, email address and phone number. Your data would be held securely by Jerwood Arts and you would only be contacted in relation to my application. Your personal data will not be passed on to anyone else and would be deleted after the fund’s conclusion.
The deadline for this fund is 12pm, Monday 4 October.
If my application is selected, Jerwood Arts would contact you on a working day between Thursday 21-Tuesday 26 October between 10am-6pm.”
Whatever approach you take, please make sure you have got their permission to be your referee, and confirm that they are happy to be contacted by Jerwood Arts in relation to your application.