This June, the artists selected for the seventh edition of Jerwood Makers Open will premiere five new works in an exhibition at Jerwood Space. Through commissions of £8,000 earlier this year, Mark Corfield-Moore, Forest + Found (Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth), Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West were given the opportunity to develop new ideas central to their individual practices. This resulting work will be shown for the first time in London, before touring nationally.
The artists were selected by an independent panel comprising Rana Begum, artist; Grace Wales Bonner, fashion designer and curator; Alun Graves, Senior Curator at the V&A; Tanya Harrod, writer and independent design historian; Alistair Hudson, Director of Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth; and Lilli Geissendorfer, Director of Jerwood Arts.
The project, now in its seventh edition, is a biennial opportunity that creates a space in which to recognise and promote the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts, seeking to support exceptional skill and imagination.
The artists were selected from over 300 applications in response to a national call for entry for selfdirected projects from UK-based makers and collaborators. The award and exhibition freely allow makers to develop their creative ideas, constituting a fresh and exciting direction in their work and furthering their practice independently of specific commissioning structures. The new works will be premiered at Jerwood Space before touring nationally. A curatorial development programme will run alongside the exhibitions on tour made possible with support from Art Fund.