Our Funding

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.

Introduction to our funding

Our funding provides time and space outside commercial pressures for artistic growth and new ideas to flourish. We want our funding to support the development of under-supported, vibrant and diverse artistic practice across the UK, with a focus on the pursuit of artistic experimentation and excellence. Our beneficiaries are outstanding artists, curators or producers at key moments in their career, usually within the first 10 years of establishing their practice.

We aim to benefit a wide range of artists across UK regions, backgrounds and disciplines. To achieve this we continually review and refresh our funded projects and opportunities. Our overall capacity for funding each year is limited: competition is high and we know some disappointment is inevitable. We will support interested applicants to use our guidance to make sure it is the right opportunity for them or their group or organisation to apply for.

We pride ourselves on being a learning organisation and welcome feedback at any time. Please email info@jerwoodarts.org.

The majority of our funding is offered through specific opportunities. These will appear on this page when they are open for applications. Please sign up to our newsletter to hear about our new approach and opportunities when they are announced.

We regret that we cannot support requests for funding made outside one of our calls for entries.

Strategic Plan 2019-22: Refresh and Re-Alignment

As a funder, our work is grounded in listening and responding to artists’ needs, and valuing and supporting diversity and inclusion in all their forms. Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have laid bare the lack of resilience in the arts, surfaced deeply embedded racism across the arts, and created a grim economic forecast.

None of these will be addressed by simply ‘reopening’, and research suggests few want to return to the ‘old normal’. Through this enforced pause, with all its hardships and challenges, we are also witnessing the start of an unprecedented momentum for positive change: opportunities to collectively imagine a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive future. We are clear we can and want to be part of this.

Our aim since lockdown began has been to listen and learn, share information and support the artists, curators and producers in our networks and beyond. We have supported existing grant holders to delay and re-plan work supported by us by relaxing our conditions of grant and extending time frames.

With our future funding currently under review following the impact of Covid-19 on our investment income, we now have an opportunity to refresh and refocus our practices and strategies for delivering our mission.

This work is ongoing and we expect to unveil new funding opportunities in 2021 that take into account the impact of Covid-19, equity, diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability. This timeframe gives our staff, Trustees, artists and grantees the time and the space to interrogate our practices thoroughly and ensure our actions lead to meaningful change.

Current Projects and Programmes

We continue to actively support projects and programmes with grants agreed in previous rounds of funding. Many of these will create ongoing opportunities for artists, curators and producers to receive work with us through the support we give to arts organisations.

Development Programme Fund

The Development Programme Fund provided funding for 19 arts organisations who, with vision and skill, can deliver transformational development opportunities for artists, curators and/or producers in their field. Recipients announced in December 2019.

Live Work Fund

Live Work Fund provided funding to support 33 artists, creatives and producers with live performance at the heart of their practice to develop, continue their practice and adapt through the challenges presented by Covid-19. Recipients announced in February 2021.

Jerwood Bursaries

Jerwood Bursaries provide funding to help artists explore and develop their next steps, whether through supporting skills and knowledge development and/or supporting the first stage development of a new idea. Last round of recipients announced in May 2020.

Jerwood New Work Fund

The Jerwood New Work Fund supported 15 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. Recipients announced in August 2019.

Collaborate with us

We invite conversations with new potential partners and funders who share our aims and want to establish new awards and fellowships, or have ambitious commissioning plans that can provide transformative opportunities for artists working in the artforms and disciplines that we support. Some of our current partners include PhotoworksFilm and Video UmbrellaArts Council EnglandPRS Foundation and Artfund. Potential partners should have national reach and profile in their area of expertise, and bring substantial match-funding to the relationship. Please contact Jon Opie if this is of interest.