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Jenny Boat and Tolu Oshodi during their BRINK Residency. Image: Andrew Hastings

1:1 FUND

The 1:1 FUND is designed to support (re-)connection, experimentation and learning after the isolating impact of Covid-19. We want the 1:1 FUND to build the confidence of early-career practitioners and open the door for future projects by supporting new and existing collaborations to exchange ideas, skills-share and research together.  

The 1:1 FUND offered awards of £2,000 for 42 pairs of early-career practitioners (artists, curators and producers) to connect, experiment, learn from each other and share ideas. This fund was designed to offer an injection of support for two practitioners who want to work together. It was used to strengthen existing collaborations, and in some cases to enable new ones to be explored. There was no expectation of a final or fixed outcome.

The practitioners selected for the 1:1 FUND were: Aida Rocci and Antonia Georgieva, Ajla Yi and Lxo Cohen, Alex Billingham and Rosanna Cook, Alison J Carr and Lucy Haighton, An*dre Neely and Moa Johansson, Becky Horne and Anna Dighero, Belén L.Yáñez and Mike De Lis, Bibo Keeley and Debby Forsyth, Bob Bicknell-Knight and Rosa-Maria Nuutinen, Bridie Jackson and Becci Sharrock, Crayola the Queen and Stamatis Seraphim, Demi Nandhra and Rafia Hussain, Éanna Mac Cana and Moon Paw Print, Elle Dillon Reams and Joseph Clowser, Flavia Pinto and Josephine Birch, Graham Martin and Brooke Palmieri, Hannah Sands and Rosanna Suppa, Helga Dorothea Fannon and Megan Garrett-Jones, Holly Stevenson and Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Irini Bachlitzanaki and Georgia Stephenson, Jem Henderson and Chris Cambell, Joe Mbala and Sheiyh Joseph-Loftman, Joseph Aldous and Piers Black, Karen Maxted and Gemma Petrie, Katy Cole and Iris Priest, Kelly Sweeney and Martyn Riley, Kerry Tenbey and Tina Dempsey, KV Duong and Hoa Dung Clerget, Leila Gamaz and Jessica El Mal, Lisette May Monroe and Adrien Howard, Marie-Claire Lacey and Adam Stearns, Ngoma Project, Olga Macrinici and Rita Suszek, Oscar Cass-Darweish and Natascha Young, Penny Klein and Rose Dagul, Peony Gent and Molley May, Rachel Jones and Maegan Icke, Reece Griffiths and Ellie Towers, Rosa Abbott and Roisin Agnew, Teddy May de Kock and Dominika Kieruzel, Tina Rogers and Samantha Dinsdale-Brown, and Tolu Oshodi and Jenny Boat.

Jerwood Arts is piloting new approaches to identifying the early-career artists, curators and producers we support, and the 1:1 FUND selection was made using a random number generator. This is part of our ongoing effort to remove bias from our selection processes and to explore more sustainable and inclusive approaches for both practitioners and funders. You can learn more about the approach we took and our reasons behind this pilot here, and our first insights and reflections on the process here. We have also commissioned four texts in response to the fund which you can learn more about here.

Evaluation and online event

We have now published evaluation of the 1:1FUND which you can read here. On the occasion of the evaluation launch on Wed 20 July 2022, we brought together four arts organisations who had explored using random selection in their work. The event was chaired by Lilli Geissendorfer (Director, Jerwood Arts) and featured Ash Bowmott and Laura Sweeney (Creative Producers, The Uncultured), Jodie Noble (Horizon Showcase/Battersea Arts Centre), David Byrne (Artistic Director and CEO, New Diorama Theatre) and Jon Opie (Deputy Director, Jerwood Arts). Click here for more information about the event and here to watch its online recording.