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Installation View – works by Marcin Rusak, 2017. Commissioned for Jerwood Makers Open 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image: Anna Arca

Jerwood Makers Open

A commissioning initiative supporting self-directed projects in the applied arts.

Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial commissioning opportunity for self-directed projects by UK based artists, makers and designers who are within 10 years of beginning their practice, and was launched in 2010. It supports exceptional early career makers to develop their ideas independently of specific commissioning structures and is selected through a national open call. Five artists each receive £8,000 to create new works for a national touring exhibition.

We launched this initiative in response to a need for makers to undertake projects outside the specific commercial briefs common in the applied arts, in order to develop their personal vision and enable them to take risks, learn and experiment. It also responds to an ongoing dialogue around the place of materials, skills and process in contemporary visual arts.

Please visit our What's On pages for information about current awardees and exhibitions.

Artists selected for Jerwood Makers open to date:

2019: Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth (Forest + Found), Mark Corfield-Moore, Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West.

2017: Marcin Rusak, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Jessica Harrison, Laura Youngson Coll and Sam Bakewell

2015: Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, Ian McIntyre and Silo Studio

2014: Hitomi Hosono, Matthew Raw, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Shelley James and FleaFollyArchitects

2013: Maisie Broadhead, Linda Brothwell, Adam Buick, Nahoko Kojima, Roanna Wells

2012: Nao Matsunaga, James Rigler, William Shannon, Louis Thompson and Silvia Weidenbach

2011: Farah Bandookwala, Emmanuel Boos, Heike Brachlow and Keith Harrison