Jerwood Arts has announced its funding and exhibition programme for 2020 which spans 19 specialist programmes across the arts and cultural sector and aims to support exceptional early-career artists, curators, and producers working in literature, music, performing, visual and contemporary arts.

Highlights of the funding programme include: £1 million awarded to 19 leading arts organisations to support specialist early career artist development programmes across the UK through the Jerwood Development Programme Fund; the £150k Jerwood New Work Fund which offers artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations funding to research, develop and create new work; and the £60k Jerwood Bursaries to be awarded to individual artists, curators and producers to undertake professional development and/or kick-start new ideas.

Among visual arts organisations to receive awards through the Jerwood Development Programme fund, Cardiff-based g39 will offer an intensive 10-week residency programme, Jerwood UNITe, aimed at fostering a strong studio community for five artists. The scheme will be designed to attract and benefit artists who may ordinarily be reluctant or unable to partake in a studio residency.

g39’s Chris Brown said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Jerwood Arts in delivering our professional development activity for artists. We hope that Jerwood UNITe will be a life-changing experience for the selected artists who, possibly for the first time, will be able to focus primarily on their artistic practice and development.”

Leeds-based centre for contemporary art The Tetley will use its Jerwood Development Programme Fund award to create a unique development opportunity for three artists or curators based in the north of England, The Tetley Jerwood Commissions. These commissions will give practitioners the opportunity to develop a significant body of work or curate a group exhibition, with the support of a mentor, a research and development budget, production resources and The Tetley’s backing.

The Tetley’s Director Helen Watson said: “The Tetley is thrilled to have been chosen for the Jerwood Arts Development Programme Fund, as a pioneering centre for contemporary art, artists are at the centre of what we do. The Tetley Jerwood Commissions will provide vital development and opportunities for artists and curators in the north of England to fulfil their potential.”

Other visual arts organisations to receive Jerwood Development Programme funding include FACT (Liverpool), Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, and Whitstable Biennale.

Jerwood Arts 2020 visual arts exhibitions programme at its space in London will kick off in January with the ‘Jerwood/Photoworks Awards’ (15 January – 8 March) which features new photographic work incorporating moving-image, sculpture and printmaking by Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson. Both artists explore the idea of history through their work, across themes of family, industry, identity and architecture.

‘Jerwood/FVU Awards’ (3 April – 7 June) includes new moving-image commissions by Guy Oliver and Reman Sadani. While both artists have taken the theme ‘Hindsight’ as the starting points of their projects, Oliver’s commission is a multi-chapter rumination on the cultural dilemma of the disgraced popular icon, and Sadani’s work considers the urge for travel as a strange and mysterious element of the human condition, whilst exploring ideas around the modern displacement of people – from forced migration to cultural exploration.

‘Jerwood Solo’ (26 June – 6 September) showcases new work by three early-career, UK-based artists, each taking over one of the Jerwood Arts’ gallery spaces for their first major solo presentation in London. The selected artists for 2020 are: Emii Alrai, Freya Dooley and Bryony Gillard.

‘Survey II’ (30 September – 13 December) is an exhibition of newly-commissioned work by 10 outstanding early career artists, nominated by leading artists for the strength of their practice, which aims to provide a snapshot of current artistic concerns and approaches, and features ‘artists to watch’ for the future.

Outside London, ‘Jerwood Makers Open 2019’ will tour to The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford (until 19 January 2020), Manchester Art Gallery (1 February – 4 October 2020) and 20-21 Visual Arts Gallery, Scunthorpe (17 October 2020 – 2 January 2021).

Announcing the Jerwood Arts’ exhibition programme, Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts (interim), said: “We are incredibly excited about our 2020 exhibition programme. Through these commissions we are supporting a remarkable, talented and diverse group of artists to experiment and create new work in the early stages of their career. We look forward to sharing these as part of our vibrant programme of exhibitions and events both in London and on tour nationally.”

See for full details of the Jerwood Arts funding and exhibitions programme.

1. AJ Stockwell, ‘The Rejoinders’ at G39, Cardiff. Photo: Polly Thomas
2. James N Hutchinson, The Tetley. Photo: Jules Lister
3. Reman Sadani, Blinking Exercise No 1, film, 2018.

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