Jerwood Charitable Foundation has announced the 12 artists who will receive a total of over £100,000 in grants as part of its 2019 visual arts development and exhibition programme.

Each artist will receive dedicated specialist support in the form of mentoring, advocacy and funding as they prepare new work for exhibitions at the Jerwood Space, London. The shows will then tour nationally.

The 12 recipients are: Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Kitty Clark and Sofia Mitsola (Jerwood Solo Presentations); Webb-Ellis and Richard Whitby (Jerwood/FVU Awards); Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth (Forest + Found), Mark Corfield-Moore, Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West (Jerwood Makers Open); and Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson (Jerwood/Photoworks Awards).

The list includes a wide variety of practices, ranging from moving image, photography, and ceramics, to weaving, painting and performance.

It includes Sofia Mitsola, who makes painting, drawing and printmaking that explores the female nude using Greek and Egyptian sculptures as starting points. She has been commissioned as part of Jerwood Solo Presentations to make and show new work presented as three concurrent solo presentations, along with artists Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Kitty Clark.

Mitsola commented: “With the support and guidance of Jerwood Charitable Foundation I will have the opportunity to further develop my practice and to prepare for my first solo show.”

Artists Webb-Ellis and Richard Whitby have each received £20,000 commissions as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards. They will create new moving-image works in response to the theme ‘Going, Gone’.

Explaining what impact the award will have, Webb-Ellis said: “The amazing production support, and open approach of the Jerwood/FVU Award is enabling us to push ourselves and our practice in ways which have previously been impossible. To be supported in this way, to uncompromisingly follow our visions and take creative risks, is so valuable at this stage in our practice.”

The Jerwood Makers Open, which was launched in 2010 and is presented biennially, is open to artists and designers who are within 10 years of beginning their practice. Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth (Forest + Found), Mark Corfield-Moore, Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West will each receive £8,000 commissions to make new work for a national touring exhibition.

Lloyd Worthington, who is a member of a-n’s Artists Council, works in ceramic objects, installation, drawing, textiles and writing. She said: “For me this is an exciting opportunity to crystalise material and thematic interests, for a more intense examination of the dynamics between them. I’ll be making a ceramic wall work and a printed pamphlet. Using early dendritic and mochaware slip techniques I’ll look at tree felling and evolution, growth and violence, and the colour green.”

Weaver Mark Corfield-Moore said: “The award makes possible research that otherwise would not be feasible. It is an opportunity to realise personal ambitions such as travelling to locations in northern Thailand and the Scottish Highlands in order to study the weaving practices of these rural communities. What makes this prize so special is not just the opportunity to exhibit but Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s commitment to aid the development of my practice on a wider level.”

The final set of awards are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, which were launched in 2015 and are also presented biennially. They are open to UK-based artists working with photography who are within 10 years of establishing their practice. Two artists, Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson, will each receive £10,000 to make new work.

Rosi, whose work explores the concept of the family album and the idea of restaging archival images through self-portrayal, said: “I applied for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards to present my ideas related to a project that is really close to my heart and that I deeply want to develop. This award will not only grant me support while developing this project, but will allow me to share it with as many people as I could possibly dream of.”

Previous participants in the Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s visual arts programme include: Ed Atkins, Benedict Drew, Keith Harrison, Emma Hart, Lawrence Lek, Heather Phillipson, Elizabeth Price, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Corin Sworn, Claire Twomey and Bedwyr Williams.

Exhibition dates:
Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London, 16 January – 10 March 2019.
Jerwood/FVU Awards, Jerwood Space, London, 3 April – 2 June 2019.
Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London, summer 2019.
Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, Jerwood Space, London, January 2020

1. L-R, back to front: Richard Whitby, Theo Simpson, Max Bainbridge, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Sofia Mitsola, Tana West, Kitty Clarke, Abigail Booth Webb-Ellis, Silva Rosi, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Lucie Gledhill. Photo: Hydar Dewachi
2. Sofia Mitsola, Sphynx, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200x160cm. Credit: Ahae Kim
3. Webb-Ellis, Parlor Walls, film still, 2016, Whitstable Biennale
4. Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Lucto et emergo, 2018, Stained beech, stoneware with marbled slip, velvet with glass weighting (Windswept Baby project, collaboration with writers and V&A objects). Credit: Plastiques Photography commission
5. Silvia Rosi, The Phone Call, 2016, photography, 5×7 inches. Photo: Silvia Rosi

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