Jerwood Visual Arts

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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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
OIKOS, installation view, Ben Burgis and Ksenia Pedan at Union Pacific (2015) Photo: Amy Gwatkin

Jerwood Solo Presentations 2017

  • 18 January — 26 February 2017 *on now

New works by Anna Bunting-Branch, Imran Perretta and Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan presented as three solo presentations at Jerwood Space. These commissions comment on separate but equally pertinent socio-political issues.

Anna Bunting-Branch uses science fiction as a methodology to re-vision feminism and its histories, re-mixing elements from a range of sources to generate new and imaginative resonances.

Imran Perretta’s work takes a personal narrative as a starting point and reflects on wider questions surrounding identity, cultural histories and the violence of state surveillance.

Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan are presenting Victoria Deepwater Terminal Estate Gallery, a sculptural installation and performance space comprising a showroom for a stunning 2 bed sewer conversion.

Selected by the Jerwood Visual Arts team: Sarah Williams, Head of Programme and Oliver Fuke; Gallery Manager. Shamma Khana, previous Writer in Residence (2014), nominated Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan for the first Jerwood Solo Presentations exhibition in July 2016.

Established in 2016 and now in its second edition, Jerwood Solo Presentations offers a platform for early career artists to make and show new work. It aims to foster and develop potentially influential artists who are at critical stages in their career.

Anna Bunting-Branch, The Labours of the Barren House – The Linguists, 2017. Commissioned for Jerwood Solo Presentations 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist

Native Tongue Reading Group #2

  • 20 February 2017 6:30-8pm

Anna Bunting-Branch uses science fiction as a methodology to re-vision feminism and its histories, remixing elements from a range of sources to generate new and imaginative resonances. Her work, exhibiting as part of the Jerwood Solo Presentations 2017, draws inspiration from the work of linguist and science fiction writer Suzette Haden Elgin. In a decade-long thought experiment, Elgin crafted a feminist constructed language named Láadan, which was disseminated through a series of sf novels. The Native Tongue trilogy, published between 1984 and 1994, created a storyworld around Láadan and introduced this “women’s language” to a community of fans.

To coincide with her commission two reading group sessions provide the opportunity to read and discuss selected chapters from the Native Tongue trilogy. This session is the second. Following the model of feminist small-group consciousness raising, participants will be invited to reflect on what this future-oriented story from the past can offer to present-day feminist thinking, and how Elgin’s visions of the future might be re-imagined in the context our own contemporary experiences.


Participants are asked to read the texts beforehand. To book a free place and receive a PDF please email

Jerwood Visual Arts
Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
Greater London




020 7654 0171

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