The Jerwood Makers Open biennially awards five exceptional UK-based talents within 10 years of beginning their practice £7,500 to produce and show new work. The 6th edition of JMO will run from today to the 27th August at the Jerwood Space in London.
The 2017 awardees, selected from 271 submissions, each intend to explore new materials and processes for the exhibition in June. These emerging artists will develop their current practice by moving into a variety of materials that include wood, glass, organic waste and vellum (calf skin used as a material for writing).
2017’s list of artists is as follows
Sam Bakewell, protégé of Edmund de Waal and winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award, will break from his work in clay to explore the use of wood
Laura Youngson Coll, winner of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Award, will use traditional leather and bookbinding materials and techniques to create a series of detailed pieces examining the cellular morphology of lymphoma
Marcin Rusak, a product designer and also Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon winner, will create objects using organic composites, such as waste flowers, beeswax and resin in different stages of decay
Juli Bolaños-Durman, winner of Elle Decoration British Design Awards, will create a colourful large-scale glass installation, made of many intricately cut flower-like sculptured display in a ‘canopy’. Juli’s pieces are a combination of found and blown glass, and she will be incorporating lighting into her practice for the first time
Jessica Harrison will explore the notion of collection and its contemporary forms (e.g. Pinterest) and create a new body of sculptural objects in porcelain and bone china. She previously exhibited at Jealous Gallery in London and La Maison Rouge in Paris
Jessica Harrison was also recently featured in the New York Times about her residency at the acclaimed European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands. JMO will give the public the opportunity to see some of her new work, influenced by her time at EKWC.
Over the past five editions the initiative has provided a significant platform for its selected artists, with many of the 24 recipients gaining further critical recognition following the exhibition at Jerwood Makers Open. 2012 recipient Will Shannon went on to win the PAD Prize that same year, and 2013 recipient Adam Buick has recently been granted a £25,000 Creative Wales Award in 2017. For three consecutive years Jerwood Makers Open artists were selected for the leading V&A ceramics residency: Keith Harrison in 2012, James Rigler in 2013, and both Matthew Raw and Nao Matsunaga in 2014. Silvia Weidenbach, 2012 recipient was announced as the first V&A Gilbert Collection Resident in 2017.
Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial opportunity encouraging ambitious and/or radical proposals from UK-based makers and collaborators within 10 years of beginning their practice. Launched in 2010, it focuses on makers and making supporting work in a diverse range of materials and progressive practices including, but not limited to: glass, metal, wood, paper, textiles, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. Five artists are selected through a national open call and each receive £7,500 to create new works for a national touring exhibition.
The artists were selected by an independent panel comprising Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Director, Craftspace, alongside Skinder Hundal, CEO/Director, New Art Exchange; Geoffrey Mann, artist and Programme Director, Glass at Edinburgh College of Art; Clare Twomey, artist, and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.
Sarah Williams comments: “Jerwood Makers Open provides a platform for artists to develop ambitious new work outside of conventional commissioning structures and an opportunity for makers to push their ideas further with financial and curatorial support. Through the selection process we reviewed a high number of proposals and the five selected makers have exceptional ideas. We look forward to supporting the development of the work over the coming months.”
More information can be found at www.jerwoodvisualarts.org or by following @JerwoodJVA on Twitter (#JMO17).
IMAGE: Jessica Harrison by Hydar Dewachi