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Jerwood Makers Open
is an exceptional development and exhibition opportunity for makers, applied artists and designers from anywhere in the UK who are within 10 years of beginning a practice. It is open to individuals, collaborations and collectives. There are five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and logistical advice from the Jerwood Visual Arts team to support the making of new work over a six month period for a group exhibition in London, followed by a UK tour.

We encourage ambitious, well thought through applications from those working in all materials and progressive practices including but not limited to: ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, and wood.

The selection for Jerwood Makers Open 2019 will be made by a panel of specialists: Rana Begum, artist; Grace Wales Bonner, fashion designer; Alun Graves, Senior Curator Ceramics and Glass at the V&A; Tanya Harrod, writer and independent design historian; and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.

Deadline for applications: 24 September 2018, 5pm

There is an application fee of £10, which contributes to the cost of managing the submissions process.



There are no educational requirements and there is no age limit to apply. 

We are accepting applications from:

  • Early-career makers, applied artists or designers within 10 years of beginning a practice.

Please use your discretion to determine if this description fits you. For some this will mean within 10 years of graduating an educational course, whilst others might have changed direction or career and mark their entering into their professional artistic practice differently. If your situation is not immediately clear, please explain any significant periods away from your practice.

  • Those with the legal right to work in the UK, who have been resident in the UK for the last three years at the point of application and will continue to be for the duration of the development and production period, through to the close of the exhibition. You do not need to be a British National.
  • We welcome applications from those without formal education or qualifications.
  • Those who have applied in previous years, as well as those who have not.
  • We will only accept one application per person, either as an individual or as a collaboration or collective.

We are not accepting applications from:

  • Anyone undertaking full or part time higher education at any point between October 2018 and June 2019.


Jerwood Makers Open focuses on making and materials. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination within what are traditionally described as the applied arts, looking broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging the discipline. The Jerwood Visual Arts’ team provides significant developmental support to selected artists, working alongside the curatorial and logistical development of each idea. Your idea will be achievable within an £8,000 budget and a six month development and production period. It is a high visibility opportunity with a series of exhibitions and a PR campaign to national and international arts media.

We aim for the six month development and production period to be of significant benefit to those selected to experiment with new and ambitious ways of working in order to produce a step change in their careers.

We therefore encourage ambitious proposals from those who can make good use of the opportunity, time, curatorial advice and logistical back-up to develop their ideas and further their work. You might be looking for an opportunity to crystallise current or new research, focus your practice or realise a new idea which might not be possible without this specific opportunity, or something else not listed here.

In deciding whether Jerwood Makers Open is right for you at this time, think about your short and long-term goals for your practice and how this opportunity might help you get there.


The selection panel will review all proposals. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to interview. You will be asked to consider comments from the panel in advance and to respond to these at interview.

Applicants will be notified of an invitation to interview by 2 November 2018. Interviews will take place at Jerwood Space, London SE1 OLN on 15 November 2018.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 5 November 2018. We regret that we are unable to give individual feedback.


Submission is by online application and is managed by Parker Harris on behalf of Jerwood Visual Arts. If you are unable to apply online please contact Parker Harris in advance of the deadline: 3653 0896. You can also contact us with any queries before submitting your application. All entries must be fully completed by 5pm on 24 September 2018.

You will be asked to submit:

  • Name and contact details
  • A 50 word summary of your proposal
  • An 800 word proposal for new work or works, including:
    • Why you want to make the work(s)
    • How you think the opportunity will benefit and develop your practice in the short and long term
    • The materials and processes you will use
    • A brief timeline for making (from concept development to completion and delivery of work)
    • A brief outline budget
  • A current 2 page CV, with font no smaller than 10pt, as a PDF.
  • A maximum of six images of current work or work in progress (files no larger than 500kb).
  • An entry fee of £10.
  • An Equal Opportunities monitoring form.


24 September 2018All proposals must be completed by 5pm
2 November 2018Applicants notified of the outcome
15 November 2018Shortlisted applicants available for interviews
16 November 2018Selected applicants notified
December 2018 - June 2019New work(s) researched and produced
20 June - 18 August 2019Jerwood Makers Open exhibition open at Jerwood Space, London SE1
September 2019 - Autumn 2020Exhibition tours


Launched in 2010, Jerwood Makers Open aims to provide a space to explore craft practice and process within the context of a contemporary visual arts programme.  It supports makers, applied artists and designers in the early stages of their careers by offering financial and curatorial assistance to make new work, led by their ideas and aspirations rather than a directed commissioning brief. Jerwood Makers Open was preceded by the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize which ran for 11 years, 1999-2007, in partnership with the Crafts Council. This was followed by Jerwood Contemporary Makers, 2008-2010, a nominated exhibition series that provided a platform to show new and emergent work in the field of making.

Each year, Jerwood Makers Open receives around 200 entries. To date, the initiative has provided £217,500 in commissioning funds directly to artists, resulting in 29 significant new bodies of work. Over the past seven editions the initiative has provided a significant platform for its selected artists, with many of the 29 recipients gaining further critical recognition following the exhibition.


Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation provides curatorial support and well-resourced opportunities for early-career artists to make increasingly ambitious new work.

Artist opportunities run throughout the year alongside a programme of related exhibitions, events and commissioned writing, taking place online, in London and across the UK. We advocate for the best possible conditions for the making of art by providing well-resourced opportunities for artists, supported by our staff team and established artists, writers, critics and curators who have a significant national or international profile. Since the inception of the programme in 2006, Jerwood Charitable Foundation has channelled over £4.48m into the visual arts, working with more than 1784 artists, writers and curators from across the UK, supporting a wealth of research.

Currently we run four national open calls, three of which are in partnership with leading arts organisations: Jerwood/FVU Awards with Film and Video Umbrella; 3-Phase with Eastside Projects and WORKPLACE: Jerwood/Photoworks Awards with Photoworks; and Jerwood Makers Open.

We also programme curated exhibitions including: Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Staging Series and the Project Space offers commissions to develop work in the social environment of The Gentlemen Baristas café at Jerwood Space. Exhibitions are accompanied by regular events featuring writers, artists and academics and we host three Writers in Residence each year. We also run projects including Artist Bursaries and Artist-Led workshops with community groups in Southwark.

We are a supporting member of AIR/a-n’s Paying Artists Campaign.

More information is available at


Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.

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