• Ashanti Harris, An Exercise in Exorcism, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Gavin McCourt.
  • Sadia Pineda Hameed & Beau W Beakhouse, Portrait, Image courtesy of the artists. Photo: Kirsten McTernan.
  • Samiir Saunders, Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Charlotte Jopling @studio_anicca
  • Rieko Whitfield. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jesse May Fisher.

Jerwood Staging Series 2022

Ashanti Harris, Sadia Pineda Hameed & Beau W Beakhouse, Samiir Saunders, Rieko Whitfield

Tickets for Jerwood Staging Series events will be free and available to book on this website from Thursday 6 October 2022. Sign up to the Jerwood Arts newsletter to receive the event details, here.


Four new commissions of event-based work by artists exploring performance, poetry, storytelling, music and language.

Jerwood Staging Series is a curatorial platform that invites early-career artists to present live work, embracing the ethos of experimentation and audience encounters that is at the heart of Jerwood Arts’ programme. This special edition for autumn 2022 will celebrate the final season of the exhibitions and events programme at Jerwood Space.

Curated by Jerwood Arts, we asked leading visual artists from our Artist Adviser network to nominate exceptional artists from across the UK for these commissions. The four selected artists/collaborations are Ashanti Harris (nominated by Nicola Singh), Sadia Pineda Hameed & Beau W Beakhouse (nominated by Kelly Best). Samiir Saunders (nominated by Antonio Roberts) and Rieko Whitfield (nominated by Harold Offeh).

Friday 28 October | Rieko Whitfield is a London-based, Japanese-American artist, writer, and musician who weaves non-linear speculative mythologies into expanded performance. Whitfield’s tentacular storytelling draws from microcosms of lived experience, expanding to political, ancestral, and more-than-human macrocosms. Her current project will culminate in the launch of her debut Regenesis EP in 2023. riekowhitfield.com

Friday 11 November | Ashanti Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher based in Glasgow. Working with dance, performance, facilitation, film, installation and writing, Ashanti’s work disrupts historical narratives and reimagines them from a Caribbean diasporic perspective. ashantiharris.com

Friday 25 November | Samiir Saunders is a mixed-media poet based in Birmingham. Their work consists of spoken word poetry, performance art, experimental hip-hop, browser-based artworks, and poetry films. Samiir’s work examines the tension between a desire to communicate authentically and the limitations of digital technology (and of language itself). samiirsaunders.com

Friday 9 December | Sadia Pineda Hameed & Beau W Beakhouse are a collaborative duo based in Cardiff, whose practice dramatises, reconstructs, and re-enacts autonomous and alternate futures. Their work often takes the form of speculation, resistance and site-building at the intersection of performance and installation. In particular they continuously engage with text and the archive, undoing and disassembling relationships between language and colonialism; and unfolding processes of decay and disassembly as alternatives to western models of preservation. They look to revivification, working against the static categories of institutional models. sadiaph.com beauwbeakhouse.com

Jerwood Staging Series is a curatorial project by Jerwood Arts that was launched in 2016, designed to provide a London platform for event-based presentations of work including film screenings, performances, readings and discussion. Jerwood Staging Series has presented work by over 50 artists and curators across four editions to date. Learn more about previous editions of Jerwood Staging Series, here.

This series of events will take place alongside the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 exhibition, 23 September – 10 December.