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Webb-Ellis, For The First Baby Born in Space, 2019. Commissioned for Jerwood/FVU Awards 2019: Going, Gone. Installation view at Jerwood Space. Photo: Anna Arca

Jerwood/FVU Awards

A major commissioning initiative for early-career moving-image artists, in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella (FVU)

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a major opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice, a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and FVU. The Awards support early-career moving-image artists and focus on practical, developmental support where the nurturing of ideas and expertise is consolidated by substantial production opportunities.

The national call for entries invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works in any form of the moving-image, two of which are selected by an expert panel consisting of practicing artists and arts programmers/curators. The selected artists receive an award of £25,000 each which is used to provide an artist fee and a budget to create their proposed artworks. Each recipient also receives full production support from FVU over a 14-month period to make these significant new works for a national touring exhibition.

We launched this initiative in 2012 in response to a need for significant major commissions for early-career moving-image artists, who are at an unproven stage in their practice. Through its history the Awards have contributed to an ongoing dialogue around urgent or timely concerns within moving-image through the curatorial theme and commissioned works. This, and the element of risk in working with artists who are at an early stage in their practice, sets the Awards apart from other opportunities in the moving-image field.

The eighth edition of the Jerwood/FVU Awards launches a new partnership with Leeds Art Gallery, there is a planned second presentation of the two commissions in Leeds in Autumn 2022, following their premiere at Jerwood Space in London in May 2022.

Visit our Exhibitions and Events website for information about current awardees and exhibitions.

Artists selected for the Jerwood/FVU Awards to date:

2022 Commissions: Soojin Chang and Michael.

2020 Hindsight. Commissions: Guy Oliver and Reman Sadani

2019 Going, Gone. Commissions: Webb-Ellis and Richard Whitby

2018 Unintended Consequences. Commissions: Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta

2017 Neither One Thing or Another. Commissions: Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek

2016 Borrowed Time. Commissions: Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams

2014-15 What Will They See of Me? Commissions: Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett. Shortlist: Kate Cooper and Anne Haaning

2012-13 Tomorrow Never Knows. Commissions: Ed Atkins and Naheed Raza.,Shortlist: Emma Hart and Corin Sworn