25 Jun — 01 Oct 2022
Newlyn Art Gallery
Launched in 2010, Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open (formerly Jerwood Makers Open) is a biennial opportunity that recognises and promotes the significance of making practice and process within contemporary visual arts. It supports exceptional UK-based artist and makers within 10 years of beginning their practice to develop their creative ideas independently, enabling them to experiment, learn and take risks, with substantial curatorial support.
For its eighth edition, Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open launches a new collaboration with Art Fund and a partnership with Aberdeen Art Gallery who will host the final presentation of the exhibition in autumn 2022.
The exhibition will showcase five ambitious new commissions by awarded artists Anna Berry, Cecilia Charlton, Jahday Ford, Vicky Higginson and Francisca Onumah & Helena Russell, who will develop new work(s) for a national exhibition which will launch at Jerwood Space in London before touring to Newlyn Art Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery. Showcasing a broad range of material disciplines, including glass, textiles, digital modelling, silversmithing and sculptural installation, the five 2021 commissions provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting new work being produced by UK-based artists and makers.
- Anna Berry will present a new sculptural work using her signature geometric visual vocabulary and repetitive processes. Focussing on clay and concrete as her core materials, both of which are new to Berry’s practice, the piece will look at ideas of balance and tension – how two materials at the opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their fragility can exist within the same structure and in relation to one another. Anna Berry
- Cecilia Charlton will create her largest work to date by developing a triptych of human-sized Bargello embroideries. Inspired by the Greek myth of the Three Fates who spin, allot and cut the Thread of Life, each panel will represent the characteristics of one of the Three Fates with a unique combination of colour palette and stitch patterns. Charlton aims to use the Three Fates to reflect on the current time of uncertainty we find ourselves in, with the thread of the Fates forcing us to examine our place on the planet and our relationships to one another. Cecilia Charlton
- Jahday Ford is making a new collection of large glass vessels, which combine ancient techniques with contemporary innovations. Interested in exploring the relationships between the digital and the hand-made form, the works will extend Ford’s current glass investigations into processes such as 3D Modelling and using CNC mould production alongside traditionally hand-blown elements. Ford has set out to create a collection of illuminated glass vessels that for the first time feature interactive lighting phenomena using LED sensors, which will be activated by the movement of the audience around the works in the gallery space. Jahday Ford
- Vicky Higginson’s commission will be a set of varied ‘healing devices’ made through combining hand-blown and cold-worked glass elements in a variety of colours, which come together to create multi-layered objects. These devices are inspired by research into historical medical equivalents and are imagined to heal the mind, as coping mechanisms to treat emotional ailments such as bad thoughts or things left unsaid. Continuing her exploration into ‘Folk Futurism’ these objects will look at the meeting point of folklore and fairy tales with science fiction. New techniques developed for this commission will showcase the use of feathers, neon, symbolic mark-making and mirroring. Vicky Higginson
- Working in collaboration and using a hoard of old silversmithing tools as a starting point, the duo Francisca Onumah and Helena Russell will present a collaborative series of vessels and objects inspired by the past, present and future of the silversmithing industry in Sheffield, where they are both based. The project aims to challenge ideas of ‘preciousness’ and whether it sits with the final product or the making process itself. As part of the research for this commission, the artists have documented the personal histories of three Sheffield-based silversmiths, who have been involved in the industry in different capacities throughout most of their careers. Francisca Onumah Helena Russell
The artists were selected from more than 500 applications in response to a national call for entries for self-directed projects from UK-based artists and makers. The selectors for Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 were Dame Magdalene Odundo, Ceramicist; Yinka Ilori, Designer; Junko Mori, Metal Artist; Christine Rew, Art Gallery and Museums Manager, Aberdeen Art Gallery; Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts.
The award offers a supported, high-profile national platform for artists and makers at a pivotal moment in their careers.
(The images shown above are of the artists’ previous work)
Jerwood Space: 28 Jan – 9 Apr 2022
Newlyn Art Gallery: Dates 25 Jun – 1 Oct 2022
Aberdeen Art Gallery: Dates 19 Nov 2022 – 4 Mar 2023