Jerwood Makers Open is an exceptional supported opportunity for applied artists. We would like to see applications from makers and collaborators in all regions of the UK and across all disciplines. We encourage ambitious and/or radical proposals from early career artists who need the opportunity, time, curatorial advice and logistical back up to develop their ideas and further their practice. We want to support work in a diverse range of materials and progressive making practices including, but not limited to, glass, metal, wood, paper, textiles, ceramics, furniture and jewellery.

Five artists, or collaborations, will each receive an award of £7,500 to create new work over a period of six months, for a national touring exhibition as part of Jerwood Visual Arts’ programme. Selection will be made by an independent panel in response to this national open call to UK based makers within 10 years of beginning their practice.

Jerwood Makers Open focuses on making and materials. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination within what are traditionally described as 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 where needed, working alongside the curatorial and logistical development of each idea.


Applicants must be UK resident and within 10 years of graduating or setting up their practice. Artists may work in any material or discipline.

We want to hear from artists, makers and designers with a commitment to developing an outstanding and ongoing practice. You are invited to propose how this project might enable you to crystallise current or new research, focus your practice or realise a new idea which might otherwise not be possible. Proposals should identify how the award, exhibition and support offered alongside it might make the difference to your practice.


Five awards of £7,500 to create new work over a period of six months, for a national touring exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme in London and across the UK. Curatorial and practical support is provided by the Jerwood Visual Arts team around the inaugural exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, along with a well-resourced marketing and PR plan. An events programme will also run alongside the exhibition at Jerwood Space.


The selection for Jerwood Makers Open 2017 will be made by an independent panel of high-profile figures from the cultural world:

Deirdre Figueiredo MBE

Director of Craftspace

Skinder Hundal

Chief Executive, New Art Exchange

Geoffrey Mann


Clare Twomey


Sarah Williams

Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts


Entry is by online application, those unable to enter online should contact Parker Harris: or 01372 462190. All entries must be fully completed by 5pm on 23 September 2016. You may apply once as an individual and once as a collaborative practice.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • A 50 word summary of your proposal.
  • An 800 word statement outlining the proposal for new work or works; why you want to make the work(s)/how you perceive the opportunity will benefit and develop your practice; and the materials and processes to be used. Please also include a brief timescale for making (from concept development to completion and delivery of work) and a brief outline budget.
  • A current CV.
  • A maximum of six images of current work or work in progress (files no larger than 500kb).
  • An entry fee of £10


In considering proposals, the selectors will debate as a panel what they consider to be outstanding and original practice across craft and design, and will explore this through their selection. They will also consider how this particular opportunity could catalyse potential positive developments to the selected artists’ practice and profile.

The selectors will consider all proposals, and from this will select a shortlist who will be invited for interview by the selectors. Applicants will be notified of interviews by 17 October 2016, and interviews will take place on 20 October 2016 at Jerwood Space, London SE1 OLN. Those shortlisted for interview will be asked to consider the selection panel’s comments in advance of the interview, and be prepared to respond to these at the interview.

Five awards will be made and the successful artists will be notified by 27 October 2016. Comments from the selection panel at the first round stage will only be passed on to those shortlisted for interview; we regret that it is not possible to offer feedback to all applicants.


23 September 2016all entries must be completed by 5pm
17 October 2016makers informed of result of application
20 October 2016shortlisted makers to be available for interviews
27 October 2016selected makers notified
21 June- 20 August 2017Jerwood Makers Open exhibition opens at Jerwood Space, London SE1 OLN, followed by UK tour until Summer 2018

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