Jerwood Makers Open, now in its seventh edition, is a biennial opportunity and seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination in what are traditionally described as the applied arts. Jerwood Makers Open has established itself as one of the best regarded opportunities for makers in the craft calendar. The award and exhibition freely allow makers to develop their creative ideas and further their practice independently of specific commissioning structures. The resulting work will be shown in a group exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space in London next summer, before touring across the UK.
Five makers will be selected to each receive £8,000 for the 2019 edition. The award has increased from £7,500 to £8,000 to reflect artists’ time and in acknowledgement of rising production costs. Applications are open until 24 September 2018 and Jerwood Charitable Foundation invites ambitious proposals from outstanding early-career makers, applied artists and designers, including collaborators, who are working anywhere in the UK and are within 10 years of beginning a practice. Applicants may be working in a diverse range of materials and progressive making practices including, but not limited to, glass, metal, wood, paper, textiles, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. The selection panel will consider how this opportunity might enable the five selected artists to crystallise current or new research, focus their practice and realise a new idea which might not be possible without such support.
The deadline for submissions for Jerwood Makers Open 2019 is 5pm on 24 September 2018. Information and details of how to apply can be found on the Opportunities page at www.jerwoodvisualarts.org