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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 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.

Time frames and deadlines for 2020

Guidance for Jerwood New Work Fund published: March 2020
Fund opens for applications: 1 April 2020
Application deadline: 5pm, 18 May 2020
Decisions will be communicated to applicants by: 24 July 2020

Funded projects have to begin after 3 August 2020 and we cannot support activity that has taken place before this date. We expect projects to take place within 24 months of funds being awarded.

We expect to receive around  500 applications for the Jerwood New Work Fund in 2020 and have the resources to fund approximately 15 projects. 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. It means that unless an individual has had a career change or break, their first professional experience will have been between 2010 and 2019.

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