The award, now in its eighth edition, gives five outstanding early-career UK-based artists and makers the opportunity to develop ambitious new works, to be presented in London at Jerwood Space in June 2021 followed by a three-venue national tour through to 2022 including Aberdeen Art Gallery.
The selectors are: Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts at Jerwood Arts; Yinka Ilori, artist and designer; Junko Mori, artist maker in metal; Dame Magdalene Odundo, potter; and Christine Rew, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Manager.
The award offers a supported, high profile national platform for artists and makers with between one and ten years of professional practice to take risks with their materials and processes. The five awardees will receive £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support from the Jerwood Arts team to enable the making of new work over a six month period.
Proposals are invited from individuals, collaborations and collectives, for bold new work(s) using all forms of making and material experimentation. Artists working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, wood, textiles, and sculpture are invited to apply. The award is keen to see an increase in applications from artists whose background and/or identity is under-represented in the awards and is working with partners to take actions to encourage this. This includes additional access support for people to apply.
Application is free, and the deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 26th August.