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Jerwood New Work Fund

In response to ongoing COVID-19 developments, we have made the difficult decision to delay the opening of the Jerwood New Work Fund for applications. The current context for making ambitious and extraordinary art works in the UK is changing rapidly, and we feel that it would be unfair to ask applicants to develop project plans – including to secure support and funding from other partners to continue the work beyond our support – at this time when things are so uncertain. Jerwood Arts remains committed to creating opportunities for artists, curators and producers to thrive in challenging times and there will be further updates in due course about this fund and other opportunities we will make that acknowledges the changing landscape of the arts.

The latest update on our developing response to the impact of Covid-19 can be found here.

What is it?

Funding for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations to undertake the research, development and creation of new work to enable 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 support artists’, curators’ and/or producers’ professional development, so we expect all proposals to demonstrate a significant step-change in your practice and/or career growth. At the point of application, you should have clear objectives for what you want to achieve with Jerwood Arts funding, but you may not yet know what the final outcome is, such as where and when the work will be presented.

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.

Other Useful Pages

Jerwood Arts General FAQ

Jerwood New Work Fund 2019 Projects

Our Principles

We continue to evaluate and improve this fund, and we are keen to hear feedback of all kinds. Please share your comments at