Frequently Asked Questions
An audio recording of the application guidance and this FAQ is available here.
You can download this pdf of the application guidance and FAQ.
Who is Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 run by?
We are joining forces to maximise the transformative impact of the awards, building on the success of Jerwood Makers Open 2010-2019, run by Jerwood Arts.
What does the collaboration with Art Fund and partnership with Aberdeen Art Gallery mean for this edition of the awards?
These new relationships represent an exciting new chapter. For this eighth edition, Jerwood Arts and Art Fund are relaunching this prestigious biennial artist development, commissioning and national touring award under a new name – Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open. This edition includes a new funded curatorial and project management role based in a UK public collection to work on the awards and the national tour.
The partnership with Aberdeen Art Gallery will give awarded artists and makers the opportunity to connect with audiences across Scotland. The awarded artists and makers will have the opportunity to work with the Aberdeen Art Gallery curatorial team and engage with their outstanding craft collection on this presentation. Christine Rew from Aberdeen Art Gallery’s will be part of the selection process and the gallery will host a funded curatorial role to support the delivery of the five commissions at Jerwood Space in summer 2021 and throughout the 16 month tour, alongside supporting critical engagement with the works through events and more.
This partnership means that the award can both champion outstanding early-career artists and makers across the UK at a pivotal point in their practice, and encourage critical debate, visibility and dialogue around contemporary craft and applied arts within UK public collections. Together our organisations are committed to strengthening the profile and importance of making, craft and applied arts presented within a visual arts context.
ACCESS AND SUPPORT WITH MAKING AN APPLICATION
Can I make an audio/video application?
Yes. If you would prefer to submit your application as an audio or video recording, the online application portal provides the opportunity for you to do this.
You can upload one audio or video file containing your length of practice, key career moments, artist statement and proposal. We will ask you to complete contact details and a 50 word summary of your proposal, a budget, a timeline 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.
Is there any access support available for artists wishing to apply who require additional support in order to do so?
Yes. Up to £200 of funding per application is available to pay for an Access Support Worker for applicants who need one to help them apply for this opportunity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07944 903991 at least one working week before the deadline to discuss how we can help.
If you would prefer to, you can also submit your application as an audio or video recording in the application form. Please see the FAQ about this for further details.
What support is available if I need assistance with my application?
If your question is not answered within this FAQ section, we will be available to respond to any additional questions that you may have throughout the application process.
Please send questions by email with your phone number to email@example.com. We will acknowledge your email within three working days and aim to answer your question within five working days.
We also offer the opportunity to speak with a member of the Jerwood Arts team for a ten-minute advice session in advance of applying. In these sessions, we are unable to read draft applications or texts, but we are able to discuss your specific ideas for applications and guide you as to how you might strengthen these in the application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number to book an advice session.
Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of your proposal and will have no bearing on its assessment. You do not need to have spoken to a Jerwood Arts member of staff before making an application.
If I am not based in London, is there a budget to support my travel to interview and meetings?
Yes. We encourage applications from artists who are not London-based and have an additional budget to support their travel where required. Due to COVID-19, we may conduct video interviews.
What happens if I experience a technical issue with the website?
We troubleshoot the website thoroughly; nevertheless, from time to time people do report technical difficulties. If you experience a technical 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 try to submit your application well in advance. We recommend drafting your application offline in advance of the deadline. Answers can then be pasted into the online form.
You can download the application form in the following formats:
Are there any costs involved in applying?
Application to the awards is free. If you are selected for an interview, we will cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses should the interviews take place in person at Jerwood Arts in London. 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 this is the right time for you to apply.
How long should I spend on making my application?
Based on our evaluations and feedback, we know that successful applicants spend an average around a day / 7h in total on putting together an application. 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 this is the right award and moment for you to apply.
You say you recognise that Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open has not awarded as diverse a range of artists and makers in its ten year history as you would like. What are you doing to address this?
In the ten year history of the awards some groups, including Black artists and makers, have not been represented within the awardees. During the planning for the awards we committed to addressing this with positive actions, working closely with our partners Art Fund and Aberdeen Art Gallery. This has included updating our marketing plans to reach more Black, Asian and ethnically diverse artists through advertising and outreach emails to a wide pool of organisations across the UK; addressing representation in our actions on diversity in the application guidance; increasing options for artists and makers to get support to discuss their applications or interest in applying, and ensuring the majority of selectors are artists and curators. You can find out more about our work on equality, diversity and inclusion here.
Why are you committed to facilitating ‘an increase in applications from artists whose background and/or identity is under-represented in the awards’ history. This includes but is not limited to artists from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, artists based outside of London, artists from lower socio-economic backgrounds, d/Deaf artists, neurodiverse artists, artists with disabilities or long-term health difficulties and artists with LGBTQIA+ identities.’
Broadly speaking, people from these backgrounds and with these circumstances are those most likely to experience disadvantage in the form of reduced opportunities due to their levels of income, education, and work experience on the one hand, and discrimination and unequal access to opportunities on the other. Over 50% of the arts and cultural sector is based in London, creating barriers for those based outside the capital. Overall, these groups tend to be under-represented across the arts, to varying degrees in different art forms and disciplines – including in the ten year history of the Jerwood Makers Open.
We believe one of the most significant things we can do is provide accessible support for people to apply to us. We are committed to providing clear and transparent information and advice to enable you to make the right decision for you to apply. If you do, we are available to support you to make an application, including through additional access support. Through this support we know we are investing in the capacity, confidence and skills of artists and makers to apply not just to the Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021, but to other opportunities too, thereby supporting your long-term success.
To reduce the power of existing networks and biases, our approach to selection involves all applications being assessed blind, without names or other monitoring information attached. We give unconscious bias guidance to all readers and selection panellists. Our decision making process includes introducing medium and materials, location and monitoring information at key moments, for example, to note any % variances between the total pool of applicants and the longlist/shortlist. Where two or more equally strong applications are in play, we choose to recommend the applications that will result in a balanced, representative and inclusive long/shortlist for consideration at the next stage. Throughout the selection process, we will prioritise the quality of practice, ideas, planning and potential for step-change.
Jerwood Arts is committed to improving the conditions for artists from all backgrounds to thrive and develop new work with integrity. Across our funding, we are embedding our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, fair pay and environmental sustainability. You can read more about our progress in these areas here.
What do you mean by artists and makers for this award? What materials and practices are eligible?
We welcome proposals from those working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, wood, and sculpture.
The awards support artistic practices that focus on making and materials in a visual arts context. We cannot support applications for product development, commercially-led practices or routes to market.
If you are unsure if your practice is eligible please contact us to discuss it on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I apply to this edition if I have applied in previous years?
Yes. We encourage applications from those who have applied in previous years if you are still eligible. Just because you might not have been successful in one year does not mean that we are not interested in your work.
Can I submit more than one application?
No. You can only submit one application either as an individual or as a member of a collaborative group or collective.
Will you support applications for work(s) on which I have already started?
No. We do accept proposals on which research and development has already begun which may have already benefited from financial support. We will not select a proposal for new work(s) on which making has already begun. If you are unclear about what this means, please discuss with us in advance of applying by emailing email@example.com
What do you mean by ‘early-career’ and ‘within one to ten years of beginning their professional artistic practice’ at the time of applying?
The award is open to artists and makers working with materials who define themselves as ‘early-career’, and are between one and ten years of beginning their professional artistic practice at the time of applying. This means they consider the beginning of their professional artistic practice to have started after June 2010 and no later than July 2019, unless there has been a career break for health or care reasons.
We focus on ‘early-career’ in this way to be true to our mission to support those in the first phase of developing their artistic practice, and to ensure that what the award can offer in terms of financial, curatorial and logistical support, networks and knowledge, a significant UK-tour and PR/media profile, will have a transformative impact on the selected individuals. We want the award to be able to discover, nurture and launch outstanding new artists and makers onto the national scene, and have tailored the available support accordingly.
We ask for applicants to have completed at least one year as a professional practicing artist beginning no later than August 2019. This is because the opportunity is not designed as a graduate award, and due to the high number of applications, it is important the selection panel can engage with your recent track record to understand your practice and its potential in depth.
Our approach to ‘within ten years’ is flexible. For some artists and makers this will mean being within ten years of graduating an educational course, others will have taken a different route and might have changed their direction or career and mark their beginning differently. If you have taken career breaks, for example, as a result of illness or caring responsibilities, your practice may have begun earlier or if you have started your own artistic practice following a period working in industry.
We provide space to explain your own circumstances in the application form and are happy to discuss your situation with you to help you work out if you are eligible, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
What information should I include in my proposal?
The application form includes guidance on what to include against each question to help you provide the information the selection panel is interested in.
Overall, we suggest you include as much specific detail as possible to get across both the ideas behind the work(s) as well as the practicalities of how they might be realised. This will make your application more distinct and help bring your vision to life for the selection panel.
There is a six-month development and production period, so the more fully formed your ideas are, the easier it will be for us to envisage what it is that you might want to make and to see how we might help you realise it. Should you be selected, we will encourage your ideas to grow and evolve during the six month development period.
Are there any restrictions on size and scale of work(s)?
We strongly encourage ambitious and bold proposals, however, we do need your ideas to be feasible for exhibition in our spaces and on tour. At Jerwood Space, the work(s) will be presented across our three gallery spaces, which do place some restrictions on size and scale. You can download a pdf of the three spaces with basic information about the weight, height and width we can accommodate. Touring venues may have other restrictions which we will work with you and them to overcome.
What ten images should I include?
We suggest submitting ten images that best represent your practice and/or your proposal so that the selection panel can easily gain an understanding of your existing skill with the materials. It is useful for the panel to see a range of images, including research or work in progress images, as well as professional documentation and exhibition images. Please use the image title to describe what the image is in as much detail as you can to help the selection panel understand how it represents your practice.
If I reach the interview stage, what format will that interview take?
Interviews usually take place at Jerwood Arts’ office in London, though it is possible they will now be video calls due to Covid-19. Interviews last 30 minutes, and you will be interviewed by the full selection panel: Dame Magdalene Odundo (Potter), Yinka Ilori (Artist, Designer), and 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).
You will be asked to respond to a number of standard questions that will be consistent for all applicants, as well as a number of questions relating to your specific proposal, to gain a better understanding of your ideas, as well as their feasibility within time and budget. Interviews are also an opportunity for you to ask us questions about the process if you were to be offered an award.
If you have access requirements to enable you to attend and participate in the interview, we will ask you to tell us about these when you receive the invitation to interview.
Will I get feedback on my application?
We will be in touch on 11 November to update all applicants on the progress of their application.
We will provide feedback on request to all longlisted applicants who are discussed at the selection panel meeting within five weeks. Due to the high volume of applications we expect to receive, we regret we are unable to provide individual feedback to all applicants.
We will provide more in-depth feedback and ongoing critical conversation to the shortlisted applicants who are invited to interview but are not selected. This will be on a case by case basis and may include informal mentoring, feedback on proposals/work and attending future exhibitions of work.
What is the £8,000 for each awardee expected to cover?
The £8,000 award is to cover a fee for your time, labour and skills, materials and all costs involved in the research, production and packaging of the proposed work. Jerwood Arts is committed to ensuring all artists receive fair pay for their work and you can find links to suggested pay rates here.
There is a separate budget for installation and presentation, but if your proposal has very specific or costly physical presentation or display requirements, then these will likely need to be included within the £8,000 allocation. For example, bespoke plinths or hanging systems, specialist AV or interactive elements.
For each tour venue, there is a separate honorarium (£250) and loan fee (£200) to support your time spent liaising about the presentation and attending the preview.
In your budget please include the following: artist fee, materials, production, packaging and contingency. We have included examples of previous budgets from individual applicants and a collaborative group to provide some guidance.
A) Individual artist application
£4,000 time development and making
£220 Woodworking course
£150 woodworking tools
£1000 sand casting
B) Collaborative application
Artist Fee- £3500 x2
Materials- Wood £50, Cloth/Thread £110
Installation/Delivery Costs- £200
Travel Expenses- UK city 1 £400, UK city 2 £120
Contingency & Expendables- £120
Support in Kind- Artist’s House Residency in UK city 1 (2 weeks accommodation and studio)
We are a collaborative duo / collective of artists and makers, do we get additional funding?
Yes. This would be considered on a case by case basis to ensure that all involved were fairly paid and supported throughout the duration of Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021.
For example, if you are a collaborative duo, we would look at how you had broken down the artist fee within your proposal and ensure that this represented two artists appropriately. If you are an individual artist in a collective practice, we would look to ensure all members were paid fairly, and where this is not possible within the £8,000 we would consider a discretionary increase of e.g. 10% to allow for this. Other increased costs, for example around travel, would need to be absorbed by the overall project budget.
If you are in a collaborative or collective practice and would like to discuss how best to approach the budget, please get in touch by email on email@example.com and we would be happy to help you work out the appropriate approach for your practice.
How much detail do I need to include in my budget?
Every practice is different, and we recognise that many proposals will include new ideas and experiments with materials that you may not be able to give detailed cost breakdowns of without incurring significant additional work just to make an application.
However it is also very helpful for the selection panel to understand as far as possible whether your proposal is feasible and achievable within the funds available. In your budget outline please include the following: your artist(s) fee(s), materials, production, packaging and contingency. Your budget should add up to the full amount of the award: £8,000.
We recommend you therefore give as much detail as you can and explain where you are “guesstimating”. If there are items or processes that require significant resources, please outline how you would hope to make them work. You can also include any in-kind support.
If you are selected and have access and care needs, we will ask you to fill in our access documents, discuss these with you and make additional support and budget available on a case by case basis. You do not need to include these costs in your £8,000 award budget.
If I need more than the £8,000 offered to make my proposed work, can I bring additional finances to the table?
No. We will not commission works that we believe cannot be made for £8,000, including an appropriate fee for you. We aim for parity between the ambition, scale and quality of commissioned works both in and between years, so as to indicate to future applicants what can be achieved on this budget. More importantly, we do this so that the selection of the five awardees cannot be swayed by the benefits or risks involved with the promise of, or access to, additional financial support.
If you are selected and have access and care needs, we will ask you to fill in our access documents, discuss these with you and make additional support and budget available on a case by case basis. You do not need to include these costs in your £8,000 award budget.
Will you allow the proposed works to benefit from in-kind support?
Yes. We do allow projects to benefit from in-kind support and we will support the awardees to bring in-kind support from third parties in order to make your budget go further. If you know you already have promises of in-kind support in order to realise the proposed work then it can be worth mentioning these in your application, as it can make a seemingly unaffordable or difficult to realise proposal more of a realistic commissioning candidate.
Do you have any example budgets you can share?
Yes. You can download this pdf with examples of previous budgets from individual applicants and a collaborative group.
RESPONDING TO COVID-19
How should I factor in changing restrictions as a result of COVID-19 into my proposal?
We have thought carefully about whether we can and should still offer the Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 in the current context, given the uncertainties ahead. With all three partner organisations committed to supporting outstanding early-career artists through this crisis, we are excited to be going ahead, but we do need to ask you to consider the impact of COVID-19 to help us support you to make the work you propose.
COVID-19 and the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves means we do not know when and for how long we might be able to undertake certain activities. Things like working with a socially-engaged practice have become much more challenging to undertake, as has undertaking substantial travel within the UK. If your proposal has certain requirements that may be difficult to realise during a situation similar to phases 1-3 of lockdown, you will need to explain how the work might still be realised if some components become impossible to deliver in the way that you originally envisaged. Alternatively you may choose to propose a work with minimal risk of impact from COVID-19 related restrictions.
Will you consider applications for projects that need to be made abroad?
No. As part of our commitment to supporting UK-based artists and makers, the UK arts ecology and environmental sustainability, we will only support proposals that can be realised within the UK.
IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL
If my application is successful, what support will I receive to make my work?
In addition to financial support, you will be supported throughout the process by the Jerwood Arts team. This will include a dedicated Curator and Project Manager based at Aberdeen Art Gallery who will work with you to realise your proposed work. They can help you with research, budgeting and logistics, as appropriate to the needs of your proposal. Throughout the process you will attend regular meetings with them and the Jerwood Arts team, who will offer both curatorial and practical suggestions and support to realise and exhibit your work.
If I have a disability and/or specific access or care requirements, what support can be offered if my application is successful?
We particularly welcome applications from those with disabilities and/or access requirements. We recognise that artists with disabilities and/or access requirements are under-represented in the award’s history, and we want to reassure all applicants that we are committed to making adjustments to accommodate people with specific access requirements should their application be successful.
If you are invited to interview we will ask you what additional support you would require for us to facilitate working with you. If you already have in place funds from the Department of Work and Pensions to support your access to work please let us know at this stage. If you do not, then we will work with you to apply to this and any other appropriate support to enable you to make the most of the opportunity with us.
All awarded artists are invited to submit an access document to outline your support needs. This is useful at the beginning to provide us with information about what your needs are so that the best structures can be put in place to ensure that you have equal access to work. Regardless of whether you choose to submit a access document there will be regular confidential ‘check-in’ points to see if your situation has changed, or if there is anything that we might reasonably do with regard to access, to better support your ability to undertake and complete the commission and exhibitions.
Please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your needs prior to applying.
If I am offered an award, what am I committing to?
If you are offered an award, we will require a commitment from you to make the time available for the development and production of your work(s) across six months from December 2020 to May 2021, and to the four presentations of your work at Jerwood Arts, Aberdeen Art Gallery and two other venues in the UK to be confirmed. The award includes your fee for the production and exhibition at Jerwood Space. For each tour venue, there is an additional honorarium (£250) and loan fee (£200) to support your time spent liaising about the presentation and attending the preview.
This is one of the reasons why we will not consider an application from anyone, including any member of the collaboration or collective, who is undertaking a formal education programme of study (whether part- or full-time) at any point during the production and exhibition period (including dissertation writing).
Please keep in mind the key dates and ensure you can commit enough time within the timeframe of the awards to the production of the work, as well as to the exhibition installations, and to promoting your work with us. Please do not apply if you do not feel you will be able to commit an appropriate amount of time.
What are the terms and conditions if I am selected?
Selected artists will be asked to sign an agreement with Jerwood Arts in advance of receiving the first instalment of the award. This agreement will, amongst other things include:
- The right for Jerwood Arts and Art Fund to present elements of research and the work(s) on their websites and digital channels on an ongoing basis.
- Terms for crediting the Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 for its support of the work for future exhibitions and publicity for the work(s).
- Terms around future exhibitions of the resulting work(s).
- The artist/maker will retain ownership of the work made and it will be loaned to Jerwood Arts for the duration exhibition period outlined above. We will support the sale of the work if agreed with the artist. The work will be returned to the artist/maker or its new owner at the end of this time.
Applications for the Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 will be considered by a panel of artists, critics and curators:
- Dame Magdalene Odundo, Potter
- Yinka Ilori, Artist, Designer
- Junko Mori, Artist, Maker in metal
- Christine Rew, Art Gallery and Museum Manager, Aberdeen Art Gallery
- Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts
Panellists receive a fee and guidance on assessing applications, including advice on unconscious bias.
What does the selection process involve?
All applications will be reviewed by two internal readers at Jerwood Arts. A longlist of approximately 100 applications will be shared with the full selection panel. From these, the selection panel will meet to discuss and shortlist eight or more applicants to invite for interview.
All applications are assessed blind, without names or other monitoring information attached. We give unconscious bias guidance to all readers and selection panellists. Our decision making process includes introducing medium and materials, location and monitoring information at key moments, for example, to note any % variances between the total pool of applicants and the longlist/shortlist. Where two or more equally strong applications are in play, we choose to recommend the applications that will result in a balanced, representative and inclusive long/shortlist for consideration at the next stage. Throughout the selection process, we will prioritise the quality of practice, ideas, planning and potential for step-change.
Interviews will take place on 12 November 2020. The shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the five members of the selection panel. Five artists and makers will then be chosen to receive the award.
We will be in touch with all applicants on 11 November 2020 to update you on the progress of your application.
What criteria will applications be assessed by?
- The quality of the artist’s current making practice, including the most recent examples of ideas and projects
- The quality of the artist’s proposed new work
- The feasibility of the proposal
- The potential impact of the award on the professional artistic development of the artist’s practice and career
The Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 is a partnership between Jerwood Arts and Art Fund, in partnership with Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting outstanding UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We collaborate with organisations across art forms to imagine a more sustainable sector. Our programmes provide transformative opportunities for early-career individuals through awards, fellowships and commissions, and we present exhibitions in our gallery in London and on tour nationally. jerwoodarts.org
History Of Jerwood Makers Open
Launched in 2010, Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial opportunity that recognises and promotes the significance of making practice and process within contemporary visual arts. It supports exceptional UK-based artists and makers within the first 10 years of beginning their practice to develop their creative ideas independently, enabling them to experiment, learn and take risks with substantial curatorial support.
To date, this initiative has invested over £250,000 directly to artists to support 34 new commissions that have been exhibited at 14 venues across the UK. It continues to respond to an ongoing dialogue around the place of materials, skills and processes in contemporary art practice.
For this eighth edition, Jerwood Arts and Art Fund are relaunching this prestigious biennial artist development, commissioning and national touring award under a new name – Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open. This edition includes a new funded curatorial role based in a UK public collection to work on the awards and develop critical debate, visibility and dialogue around contemporary making, craft and visual arts.
Previous recipients of Jerwood Makers Open have included sculptor Laura Youngson Coll who was selected as a finalist for the inaugural Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017; ceramic artist Adam Buick whose work has been acquired by prestigious collections including the British Museum, Crafts Council and Chatsworth House; award winning jewellery artist Silvia Weidenbach who was announced as the first V&A Gilbert Collection Resident in 2017; ceramic artists Jessica Harrison who exhibited in the British Ceramics Biennial 2019 and was included in Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art (2017, Phaidon); artist Jasleen Kaur whose recent commissions include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, and Glasgow Women’s Library; ceramic artist Matthew Raw who had a 2019 solo show at The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and collaborated with Turner Prize winners Assemble in 2017 on a new tile façade commission at Seven Sisters Station in London for Art on the Underground; artist and sculptor Zachary Eastwood-Bloom who was 2019 Digital Artist in Residence with Scottish Ballet, Glasgow; ceramic artist Tana West who won the Award at British Ceramics Biennial 2017 and won the Feldspar Award as part of the inaugural Whitegold International Ceramics Prize in 2019; and collaborative artists Forest + Found who have exhibited at Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset and are presenting work at NewArtCentre Roche Court in 2020 alongside Mark Corfield-Moore. Find out more about the past awardees here.
Selected artists and makers by year: