Jerwood Makers Open 2019
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.
Previous recipients of Jerwood Makers Open have included visual artist Jasleen Kaur whose recent
commissions include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Glasgow Women’s Library as
well as artist in residence at MIMA in 2018; sculptor Laura Youngson Coll who was selected as a finalist for
the inaugural Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017; multi-disciplinary designer Marcin Rusak who had a solo
exhibition at Twenty First Gallery in New York in 2017; jewellery artist Silvia Weidenbach who was
announced as the first V&A Gilbert Collection Resident in 2017; ceramic artists Jessica Harrison who is
currently an artist in residence at Jingdezhen International Studios, China and Matthew Raw who had a
solo show at the Ragged School Museum and collaborated with Assemble on a new tile façade commission
at Seven Sisters Station in London.
Jerwood Arts will host a series of events devised with the artists to accompany the exhibition. All events are
free - advanced booking is required. For more information, please visit the website: jerwoodarts.org
Jerwood Makers Open is funded and led by Jerwood Arts, with additional support from Art Fund for
curatorial development activities on the tour.
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