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1:1FUND: In Conversation on Random Selection

To launch the publication of our 1:1FUND evaluation we are bringing together four arts organisations who have all explored using random selection in their work.  

Please join us for an online conversation on Wednesday 20 July at 9.30am, sign up here.

In a first for Jerwood Arts, the 1:1FUND trialed using a random number generator to select awardees. A novel approach to funding in the arts, we commissioned four original texts to respond to the idea and invited the 1712 applicants (856 pairs) to share their thoughts with us on this approach. Since then, the 42 pairs who received the funding have been busy putting their £2000 awards into action and sharing what they got up with us, including their reflections on being selected at random.  

In very different contexts, The Uncultured, Horizon Showcase and New Diorama Theatre have also been experimenting with random selection in different parts of their work, and we’ve invited them to reflect on their experiences with us. Using random selection raises questions about equity and equality, unpaid labour, time and capacity, the role of knowledge and expertise and a wide range of other issues around how the arts sector offers and distributes opportunities for artists. We want to offer our learning so far and share thoughts on questions, benefits and pitfalls we have encountered in the belief that while far from perfect, random selection has the potential to be a useful tool when used appropriately.  

Chaired by Lilli Geissendorfer (Director, Jerwood Arts), the conversation will bring together Ash Bowmott and Laura Sweeney (Creative Producers, The Uncultured), Jodie Noble (Horizon Showcase/Battersea Arts Centre), David Byrne (Artistic Director and CEO, New Diorama Theatre) and Jon Opie (Deputy Director, Jerwood Arts).  

The event is free. It will take place on Zoom from 9.30am until 10.45am. It will be captioned and BSL interpreted. It will also be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. You can sign up here. 

We will hold a Q&A and welcome questions in advance. Please email mirka@jerwoodarts.org with any questions you would like the speakers to consider.  


1:1FUND was a new opportunity piloted in autumn 2021 that offered awards of £2,000 to existing and new collaborations between artists, curators and producers. For the first time, Jerwood Arts tested random tools in the selection process and have kept reflecting and evaluating these as the fund unfolded.  

You can find out more on 1:1FUND here. Jerwood Arts has previously shared some insights through our Jerwood in Practice blog series, including how we came to make 1:1FUND, and research and conversations underlying it; what we learnt from our own engagement with random selection early on; and how four artists responded to the fund through commissioned texts available here.