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Jerwood New Work Fund

What is it?

Funding for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations to undertake the research, development and creation of new work that enables a step change in their practice and profile.

The Jerwood New Work Fund provides funding for the research, development, creation, production and dissemination of new work, with a focus on developing artistic practice.

It aims to advance artistic practice by encouraging applicants to investigate the creative process and take risks that lead to the development of unique new works destined to connect with a public audience.

This fund is focused on the initial creation process, but can support the full artistic cycle from the initial idea through to presentation. As with all our work, the priority is to supports artists’ professional development, so we expect all proposals to demonstrate a significant step-change in their practice and/or career growth.

We particularly welcome applications for: innovative research and development processes; diverse cross-art form investigations; new collaborations and/or cross-art form partnerships; new work on a new scale for the applicant(s); new work outside institutional contexts; new work that challenges existing practices. We look forward to being surprised and challenged.

What can you apply for?

You can apply for between £5,000 and £25,000 for:

  • artistic research
  • workshops
  • scratch
  • making and creation
  • project development
  • R&D processes
  • production, presentation and dissemination

We will not fund applications that focus solely on public outcomes and do not include significant artistic development and learning process for the artists involved.

Applications can be made to the Jerwood New Work Fund to take an idea through to production, presentation and dissemination, and we are comfortable not knowing what the outcome might be at the application stage. If a public presentation or outcome for the project is planned, there should be other funding and/or commitments in place to support this. In all applications, we would expect to see a clear sense of the trajectory for the work and what will happen next.

We expect to receive around 400 applications for the Jerwood New Work Fund in 2019 and have the resources to fund approximately ten projects. Only two or three will be at the higher value allowed by the Fund. Due to this high level of competition, it is highly unlikely we will fund anyone with less than a year of commitment to their professional practice and/or has not had at least one piece of work professionally produced, presented, published or exhibited.

We expect projects to take place within 24 months of funds being awarded. Activities earmarked for support from the Jerwood New Work Fund can start once funding is confirmed.

Timeframes and deadlines for 2019

Guidance for Jerwood New Work Fund published: 23 January 2019
Fund opens for applications: 4 March 2019
Advice sessions (by appointment): 16 May 2019
Applications must be received by: 5pm, 3 June 2019
Decisions will be communicated by: 27 July 2019

Eligibility criteria

Across all our activity, individuals receiving our support must be:

  • practising artists, curators and/or producers
  • within the first ten years of starting a professional practice (this can be self-defined – see FAQs for details)
  • willing to be bold and take risks
  • living and working in the UK and committed to making a positive contribution to the UK arts sector
  • outside full-time, formal education

In addition for the Jerwood New Work Fund, you can apply if you are:

  • an individual artist
  • a member of a group of artists, the majority of whom are within the first ten years of establishing their artistic practice
  • an artist-led organisation and the majority of lead artists are within the first ten years of establishing their artistic practice

The Jerwood New Work Fund cannot support:

  • an organisation that is not artist-led
  • international production, presentations or dissemination
  • touring (except where it forms an integral part of the creative process)
  • remaking or remounting of existing work, redevelopment or completion in a new medium of existing work
  • new work that has already had a significant amount of time and resources invested in it

We welcome applications:

  • from those with and without formal education or qualifications
  • from previous applicants, as well as those who have not applied before, so long as you have not applied to us in the past year
  • if you work in any discipline and/or across disciplines
  • if your situation, background and/or identity is currently under-supported across the art sector, including but not limited to under-represented BAME backgrounds, LGBTQ+ identities, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities and those with caring responsibilities

We are committed to making our funding accessible to all and supporting applicants facing barriers to apply. Please email and tell us what you need to enable you to apply.

What can you expect from us?

We are happy to offer advice on making your application. If you have a question after reading this guidance and the supporting information on our website, please send it to We will acknowledge your email within three working days and aim to answer it within five working days. If it requires further conversation, then we will book you into an advice session on 16 May with one of our team, which can be in person, a telephone call or a Skype conversation. Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of the activity for our Jerwood New Work Fund only, and will have no bearing on its assessment.

If you are successful, you can expect to meet us and other recipients of our funding through our networks and events, and we will profile you on our website and social media with your permission. We will also be available throughout the delivery of your programme for advice and to engage with the events and activities you run wherever we can.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will have the opportunity to request written feedback on your application within six weeks of the outcome.

What we expect from you

  • inform us of the progress of the project and any significant changes before they happen
  • credit Jerwood Arts as a supporter of the project on all digital and print materials, in line with our guidance
  • participate in the Jerwood Arts network of artists and organisations, including events
  • contribute to our research on support for artists
  • write a report at the end of the project telling us how it went against your original plan

Decision making processes

Eligibility check and longlist

All applications will be reviewed by at least two Jerwood Arts staff members, who will meet to decide on a longlist of approximately 100 applications per round

Artist Adviser assessment

Each application on the longlist will be reviewed by at least two Artist Advisers with expertise relevant to the proposed activity


The Artist Adviser and Jerwood Arts staff scoring will be combined and discussed at a panel meeting including at least two Artist Advisers, a Jerwood Arts staff member and a Jerwood Arts Trustee, who will recommend a shortlist to the Jerwood Arts board for final selection


You can see examples of our past funded projects that represent the kind of projects we fund in this area here.

Other Useful Pages

Jerwood Arts General FAQs

Our Funding Principles


This fund is being piloted in 2019 and we are keen to hear feedback of all kinds. Please share your comments at