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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.

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Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm

Closed Bank Holidays

The Gallery is open until 8pm on the last Friday of every month during exhibitions. Visit the South London Art Map website for further information

Admission charges

Admission free

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Marcin Rusak, Perishable Vase II Decaying, 2015. Image: courtesy of the artist

Jerwood Makers Open 2017

  • 28 June — 27 August 2017 *on now

Five new commissions by early-career applied artists Sam Bakewell, Marcin Rusak, Laura Youngson Coll, Juli Bolaños-Durman and Jessica Harrison brought about through the biennial Jerwood Makers Open. Each combines a high level of technical skill with imagination and intellectual adventure, constituting a fresh and exciting direction of each artist’s work.

Sam Bakewell has a history of working with clay, for this exhibition he uses wood for the first time. He will make a series of polychromed objects, carved with a chainsaw and chisel, which will form enlarged abstracts with details referencing historic carving. These will include water, fire, hair and animals, expanding on his interests in the philosophy and symbolism of the spiral as archetypal form.

Marcin Rusak’s work reflects on consumer culture, his work for this exhibition will be an installation made from perishable objects. The product designer will create several pieces using organic composites, such as waste flowers, shellac, beeswax and resin in different stages of decay. Playing with the processes of destruction, renewal and reconstruction, the work will stimulate questions about history and possible future scenarios.

Laura Youngson Coll’s work uses knowledge of sculpture, book-binding and leatherworking to create a fictitious yet scientific depiction of the natural world in her work. Her work for the exhibition is a series of pieces made from vellum, which is calf skin parchment, examining the cellular morphology of lymphoma, personally significant after the illness and subsequent death of her partner. This microscopic perspective, familiar in her practice, reflects the idea of assimilating events in a highly personal way and will examine the reconciliation of scientific explanation with personal experience of illness.

Juli Bolaños-Durman’s work for the exhibition will explore the journey of transformation which takes place as she converts ordinary objects into objets d’art. She will make a colourful large-scale glass installation made of many intricately cut sculptures, using found and blown glass and create an intimate atmosphere between the creature-like figurines which come to life with dramatic lighting.

Jessica Harrison’s work for the exhibition will be a new body of sculptural objects in porcelain and bone china that explores the notion of the collection, as an aspiration, a physical grouping and a framework that structures the viewer and their movements and sensory experiences.

The five artists were selected from over 271 applications in response to an open call for self-directed projects from UK-based makers within 10 years of establishing their practice. Each artist received a bursary of £7,500 to support experimentation and the making of new work for this exhibition.

Selectors: Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Director, Craftspace; Skinder Hudal, CEO/Director, New Art Exchange; Geoffrey Mann, Programme Director, Glass at Edinburgh College of Art; Clare Twomey, artist and Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts.

Jerwood Makers Open was established in 2010 to promote the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena, seeking to support exceptional skill and imagination.

Since 2010, Jerwood Charitable Foundation has awarded commissioning funds totalling £217,500 directly to artists through this project. It has supported 24 major new commissions, offering a rare opportunity for artists to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices. It looks broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging the boundaries of what has traditionally been described as applied arts. Alumni include: Keith Harrison, James Rigler, Matthew Raw, Nao Matsunaga and Will Shannon.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Ryan Moule, 2017

Project Space: Ryan L. Moule, Vessels and Vestiges

  • 22 May — 26 August 2017 *on now

Vessels and Vestiges is an exhibition of chemically unfixed photographic prints by Swansea-based artist, Ryan L. Moule.

Through the presentation of photographs in their unfixed state, Moule repositions the image away from its assumed signifier of certainty to one of uncertainty and fragility. Exposure of the light-sensitive paper is slowed down by their presentation under UV filtered box frames, which mimic the red-light environment of the photographic darkroom. This leaves them in a process of becoming, as the images continue to subtly transform over a prolonged period of time. Through the decision to not complete the traditional printing process, Moule aims to re-orientate focus away from the image as a form of representation, and onto its materiality.


Laura Youngson Coll, Angiogenesis, 2017. Commissioned for Jerwood Makers Open 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image:  Anna Arca

Exhibition Tour led by Sarah Turner

  • 14 August 2017 6:45-8pm

An exhibition tour of the Jerwood Makers Open 2017 exhibition led by Sarah Turner, Projects Curator at Craft Council, with artists Sam Bakewell, Laura Youngson Coll and Marcin Rusak.

Sarah Turner has been Exhibition Projects Curator at the Crafts Council since 2008. During this time she has delivered numerous contemporary craft exhibitions that champion the UK’s foremost makers. Exhibitions have sought to challenge perceptions of what craft is and can be by exploring the crossover between craft and digital technologies, fashion, sound, film, storytelling and play. Previously she has held project management and curatorial roles at Urbis, Centre for Urban Culture in Manchester and International Design Festival, Berlin.


This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.


Jerwood Visual Arts
Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
Greater London




020 7654 0171

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