Jerwood Arts has awarded funding worth £184,427 to 15 artist-led projects in the first round of its Jerwood New Work Fund.

The 15 recipients were chosen from 690 applications to the new fund, which provides support for artists and artist-led organisations to carry out research, development and the creation of new work that will ‘enable a step-change in their practice and profile’.

The applications were across art forms and came from all over the UK.

The artists who will be leading the projects are: Heather Agyepong; Kat Anderson; Rhiannon Armstrong; JJ Bibby; Phoebe Davies; Ian Giles; Gwen Hales; Mina Heydari-Waite; Idle Women (Rachel Anderson and Cis O’Boyle, pictured); Sabba Khan; Lanre Malaolu; Alice Malseed; Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome; Rebecca Solomon; and Laura Wilson.

Announcing the recipients, Jerwood Arts said the projects “do not fall into neat art form categories and many exemplify cross, mixed and trans-disciplinary practice.

“There is wide diversity of disciplines including dance, circus, sound art, moving image, theatre making and socially-engaged practices.”

The fund offers awards from £5,000 to £25,000 and prioritises the process of creation rather than the specific outcome of each project. Its emphasis is on taking risks in order to produce work that pushes the boundaries of the artists’ practice while also ultimately engaging with a public audience.

Applications were assessed by Jerwood Arts’ staff and Jerwood’s artist advisers, prior to the final decisions being made by a panel made up of artist advisers Emma Bettridge and Hetain Patel along with Jerwood Arts’ Harriet Cooper (head of visual arts), Lilli Geissendorfer (director) and Jon Opie (deputy director).

Earlier this year Jerwood Arts revealed that many artists applying for its Jerwood Bursaries strand did not include a high enough artist fee to cover their time and expertise.

It asked 71% of successful bursaries applicants to resubmit their application with a higher fee allocation. Jerwood Arts also revealed that 62% of the total applicants did not include an artist fee at all.

Speaking at the time, Geissendorfer said: “By asking artists to fully account for their time and expertise, we hope to contribute to a change in the culture around artists’ pay and funding that creates a more sustainable ecology.”

The second round of Jerwood Bursarie is open now with a deadline of 9 September 2019.

Rachel Anderson and Cis O’Boyle, Idle Women project, Burnley

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