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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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Keira Greene, Fernwood, 2015.

Project Space: Keira Greene: Un-ion On-ion In-ion

  • 9 May — 27 August 2016 *on now

Un-ion On-ion In-ion is a new installation of sculptural and photographic works by Keira Greene. These have been produced by the artist while developing her ongoing research into the retreat as a space for enacting experimental models of communal living and for facilitating independent internal reflection. This body of work contributes towards a new moving image work, which was filmed at Anna Halprin’s Mountain Home Studio, San Francisco, and will be screened as part of an expanded event that forms part of the upcoming Jerwood Staging Series.

The exhibition features two new photographic works, Esalen Pool and Asha Centre, which form part of Greene’s ongoing series, High Beams. These images conjure the removed and enclosed quality of retreat centres through a focus on the architecture’s intervention into the obscure rural landscape. Such an emphasis brings to the forefront their spatial qualities in which individuals might withdraw into in order to reflect on the various subjective journeys that originally brought them there. A neon sculpture, Wave, nods to the shared representation of new-age aesthetics on-going in the urban industries of sex, food and fashion.

The final work in the series, a newly commissioned sundial, anchors the exhibition in a conversation with time. In addition to thinking about the time that we take, or don’t take, for ourselves, Greene is also interested in considering the activities of these institutions in relation to the context of their original establishment; within a period of changing social attitudes which resulted in the proliferation of countercultural ideals in the 1960s. In considering the act of retreat now, Greene positions herself as simultaneous immersed subject and objective spectator in the day-to-day running of these experimental institutions in order to understand their overarching ethos. In particular she is interested in the conflation of the social and the environmental and how these aspects come together as pedagogic space.

Keira Greene is an artist filmmaker based in London. She studied MA in Sculpture at Royal College of Art (2013- 2015) and BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art (2009-2011). She has exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions and screenings at Show Home, London; STORE, London; The Commons, Bolinas, San Francisco, as well as major institutions such as South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery and festivals such as Supernormal.


Dale Lewis, Mixed Doner, 2015

Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2016

  • 11 May — 19 June 2016 *on now

The group exhibition Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2016 presents fresh new works by the three outstanding early career painters chosen as the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellows: Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis. They were selected from over 400 applicants to undertake a yearlong mentorship with three eminent UK painters: Phoebe Unwin, Jane Harris and Dan Coombs respectively. Each Fellow also received a £10,000 bursary to support the development of their work and ideas.

This is the third edition of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships, launched by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2010 to provide critical support for exceptional painters embarking on their professional careers. The work that the Fellows are showing for the first time in this exhibition demonstrates a significant leap forwards for each of them.

Francesca Blomfield’s latest series of works take limousine interiors, Tagliatelle, and human hair as the basis for experimenting with colour systems and painterly textures. Over the past year she has been incorporating text into her paintings, adding a narrative dimension, which she has also begun to supplement with accompanying text publications.

Archie Franks manipulates familiar motifs, from both the art historical past and contemporary life, to produce dreamlike paintings that give form to intangible and allusive sensations. As a result his works often exude a haunting, gothic feel, regardless of how elevated or commonplace the subject matter. He sees painting as an investigative process, and as a means of interrogating imagery to yield further complexity.

Drawing largely upon personal memories and associations, Dale Lewis’s large-scale works are both humorous and unsettling. Focusing on banal and under-represented aspects of life, the vigour and energy with which the works are made complement the rawness of the urban environments he depicts.

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Dale Lewis, East Street, 2015

Dale Lewis in conversation with Norman Rosenthal

  • 4 June 2016 3-4pm

Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. He was Exhibitions Officer, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (1970-74); Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1974-76) and Exhibitions Secretary, Royal Academy, London (1977-2008). In 2007, he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Rosenthal is well known for his support of contemporary art, and is particularly associated with the German artists Joseph Beuys, George Baselitz, Anselm Keifer and Julian Schnabel, the Italian painter Francesco Clemente, and the generation of British artists that came to prominence in the early 1990s known as the YBAs (Young British Artists).

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Archie Franks, Time, 2015

Archie Franks and Francesca Blomfield in conversation

  • 13 June 2016 6:30-7:45pm

Archie Franks in conversation with Sacha Craddock followed by Francesca Blomfield in conversation with Jennifer Boyd.

Sacha Craddock works at the forefront of contemporary art in this country and internationally. Her commitment to contemporary art encompasses curating, organising, promotion, setting up structures, education and creating new networks designed to bring artists and audiences together.

She frequently talks on current issues in contemporary art for galleries, museums and institutions. Recent criticism includes essays on Mark Boulos, Gillian Wearing, Benjamin Senior, Angus Fairhurst, Richard Billingham, Edgar Davids, Mustafa Hulusi, Heri Dono, Rosa Lee, Art and Youth for Turner Contemporary and London in the 1970s.

Sacha Craddock is co-founder of Bloomberg Space and was its curator from 2002-2011. She has been Chair of the Board of New Contemporaries and selection process since 1996.

Craddock co-founded Artschool Palestine and is co-founder and member of Faculty at British School at Rome, Trustee of the Shelagh Cluett Trust, Trustee of the Art House Foundation and Executive Committee Member of AICA.

She is currently working on a publication about the changing attitudes to contemporary art in Britain, commissioned by Reaktion Books.

Jennifer Boyd is a writer based in London. Her writings move between theory and fiction, and her interests include emancipatory sensations, subversive politics, and the materiality of language. Her texts have been included in journals such as SALT. and After Us, and she has contributed to projects and exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art Estonia, National Media Museum UK, Five Years Gallery, MoreUtopia! Online, Peninsula Arts, and Even Salon. She is currently Assistant Curator at Borough Road Gallery, where she has produced commissions by emerging practitioners working with text in response to a collection of paintings and drawings, and co-produced a residency with previous Jerwood Painting Fellowships recipient, Susan Sluglett. She has previously worked at British Council Visual Arts, Banner Repeater, and Gasworks, on commissions and residencies.

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Jerwood Visual Arts
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020 7654 0171

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