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Exciting new funds and opportunities from Jerwood Arts

Jerwood Arts have announced new application guidance and three new funds: Jerwood Bursaries for individual artists, curators and producers’ professional development; a Jerwood New Work Fund for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations; and a Development Programme Fund for arts organisations.

All of these new funds will be open to applicants of all backgrounds and disciplines, have no application fee and aim to support individuals at key moments within the first ten years of establishing their practice. Headline details of the new funds are below, including links.

John Opie, Deputy Director, said

“It represents the start of a new chapter for us, joining up our offer for artists and piloting new ways of working to be more open, more inclusive and more accessible under a new name: Jerwood Arts”.

Jerwood Arts vision remains dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding of the arts, with a particular focus on discovering, developing and promoting the most outstanding artists, curators and producers. We will continue to provide transformative awards, fellowships, opportunities and programmes, empowering artists to explore their practice, make ambitious new work and develop with integrity. We will continue to collaborate with partners to co-commission artists, alongside curating and delivering a year-round programme of exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space and across the UK.”

We choose to start with artists’ needs, and have thought carefully about how to reduce barriers to accessing our funding as part of our strategic review. We will be investing more of our time in building the capacity, confidence and skills of potential applicants to apply. There is a new application process, including new guidance, timelines for decision making, and a commitment to providing both support to apply and feedback on applications where requested.

Part of our push for greater openness, increased national reach and broadening of our ‘taste’ is to appoint a large number of discipline experts – Artist Advisors – over the next year. We will be inviting individuals with the skills and expertise to contribute to identifying talent, and support selection and decision making processes with their specific art form and discipline knowledge.

All of the above is part of a commitment to continually interrogate how and what we fund, so we can grow and change with the sector, rather than outside or atop it.

For 2019 we will also be working with all our current grant holders, as well as announcing three poets for the second edition of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships, delivering the final development events and launching an employers’ toolkit for inclusive recruitment for the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, and delivering the series of visual arts Awards and programmes which were announced on 3 December 2018.”

Funding Opportunities:

  • Jerwood Bursaries are now open for application and provide an opportunity for artists within ten years of establishing their artistic practice to define and develop their work.  This could be used for the costs of researching new work or exploring a new collaboration, mentoring, professional or skills based training, or a combination of these.  The deadline is 4 March and up to 30 selected artists will be announced in April/May 2019.
  • Jerwood New Work Fund will open for application for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations from 4 March 2019 to undertake the research, development and creation of new work that enables a step change in their practice and profile.
  • The Development Programme Fund will open for application from organisations from 4 March 2019 to deliver specialist programmes that identify and support outstanding artists to thrive.
  • Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020 open for application for artists from 11 February – 8 April 2019 with the theme and title Hindsight, run in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella. This edition of the Jerwood/FVU Awards offers an increased budget of £25,000 for each of the two commissioned moving image artworks.