Jerwood Arts has revealed that it asked 71% of successful applicants in the latest round of Jerwood Bursaries to resubmit their application with a higher artist fee allocation.

The organisation recently announced the 24 recipients of the bursaries, which offer targeted funding for artists, curators and producers to support their own self-defined development, with each bursary worth up to £1,250.

During the review process, the selection panel agreed that a number of applicants had not included an adequate fee that fairly reflected their time and expertise. Worryingly, 62% of the total applicants did not include a fee at all for their own time in their applications.

Jerwood Arts director Lilli Geissendorfer said: “Jerwood Arts is committed to funding artists properly. We see this as one positive way we can advocate for sectoral change in the way that artists and commissioners approach artists’ right to fair and sustainable pay.

“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 move follows various reports across the arts sector on the issue of artists’ pay, including Arts Council England’s report on Artists’ Livelihoods (delivered with a-n’s support) and Arts Professional’s Arts Pay 2018 report. a-n’s own Paying Artists Campaign, which launched in 2014, published the Exhibitions Payment Guide in 2016.

The bursary recipients work across a broad range of artistic practice, including music, printmaking, sculpture, dance, poetry and moving-image.

The full list of recipients is: Sharon Adams, Sara Anstis, Jo Bannon, Sophie Blagden, Phoebe Davies, Emma Dove, Sarah Duffy, Ali Eisa, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Fox Irving, Roy Mcfarlane, Louise Orwin, Siôn Parkinson, Berry Patten, Derica Shields, Nastassja Simensky, Jamie Starboisky, Debris Stevenson, Dharma Taylor, Fern Thomas, Joseph Toonga, Katy Weir, Jen White, and Nicola Woodham.

They were selected after their proposals were first evaluated by Jerwood Arts’ new artist advisers, before the final decisions were made by a selection panel including Emma Frankland, artist and performance maker; Heather Phillipson, artist and poet; and George Vasey, curator and writer.

The money will help fund a variety of projects. Berry Patten, who works across drawing, print, sculpture, film, and performance, is using the bursary to fund a research trip for her latest moving image project.

Applied artist Sharon Adams, who uses wood, metal and textiles to create tools, vessels and objects, will work with a mentor to review her work to date and identify what next steps she can take.

The founder of Queer Media in Manchester, Jamie Starboisky, will use the money to pay for mentoring to develop specific skills and knowledge in the creation of artistic virtual reality stories.

Emma Dove, meanwhile, will produce a new experimental photography series that will explore cross-cultural death practices, beliefs and taboos.

The second round of Jerwood Bursaries, for artists, curators and producers with one to five years professional experience, will open 15 July 2019 until 5pm, 7 October 2019.

1. Sharon Adams, Chain, 2018. Photo: Simon Mills

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