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.

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.

We expect to do this work at least until the end of the year and to be at the heart of our refreshed strategy for 2021 that focuses on 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.

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