Launched in 2010, Jerwood Makers Open was developed to create a space in which to recognise and celebrate the significance of making practice and process within contemporary visual arts. This initiative offers artists at the early stages of their careers an opportunity to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures. In 2015 Jerwood Makers Open became a biennial opportunity.

Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission and present 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.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice. The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize ran for 11 years (1999-2007) in partnership with the Crafts Council. This was followed from 2008 to 2010 by Jerwood Contemporary Makers, a nominated exhibition series that provided a platform to show new and emergent work in the field of making.


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


Newly created work must be available until Summer 2018.

Standard copyright practice is adhered to. If awarded a Jerwood Makers Open award, images of selected makers and their work may be used for the promotion of the Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Visual Arts and the work of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, in catalogues, advertising, press releases, annual reports, e-newsletters, online and in other publicity material. The copyright remains the property of the artists and all images will be credited to the artist.


The Organisers of the Jerwood Makers Open hold personal data provided by entrants for the exhibition each year. This information will be used solely in conjunction with your entry for the Jerwood Makers Open. If your work is accepted for the exhibition your personal data will be transferred to an archive for the project. Data pertaining to those whose work is not selected for the project will be held for up to 18 months.


Artwork on sale during the Jerwood Makers Open at Jerwood Space will be subject to a commission of 20% + VAT.


All artworks on show at Jerwood Space, and on tour, as part of the Jerwood Makers Open exhibition, will be covered by insurance organised by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, their representatives or partners.  The exhibition organisers will therefore require insurance values before delivery of works to Jerwood Space, London.


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