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Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021

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. 

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, critics and curators will be: 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). 

Applications for this edition have now closed. If you have applied, here are the key dates for your diary:
• 10 November 2020 Shortlisted applicants notified by 6pm
• 11 November 2020 All applicants notified

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.

Access a recording of our online event MAKING Applications with previous awardees in conversation; as they reflect on the application process, the reality of making their commissions and the impact of the award on their own practice here.

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