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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.
Kelly Chorpening, Tried and Found Wanting (2016). Selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016

  • 14 September — 23 October 2016 *on now

The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, presented in collaboration with Bath Spa University. In 2016 works will be selected for inclusion by Glenn Brown, artist; Stephanie Buck, Director of Kupferstich-Kabinett at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; and Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford.

Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of UK-based drawing practitioners, from student to established, and as a project helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.

Exhibiting artists: Farina Alam, Nathan Anthony, Rachel Bacon, Jo Barber, Amelie Barnathan, Deborah Boyd Whyte, Nici Bungey, Caroline Burraway, Lewis Chamberlain, Jade Chorkularb, Kelly Chorpening, Małgorzata Dawidek, James Eagle, Kristian Evju, Kate Fahey, Mike FitzGerald, Gillian Foot, Christopher Fry, David Gardner, Sue Gilmore, Gill Gregory, Nicola Grellier, Heather Hancock, Michael Hancock, Summer Howard, Julia Hutton, Bruce Ingram, Adriana Ionascu, Lottie Jackson-Eeles, Anna Sofie Jespersen, Ben Johnson, Helen Jones, Tae Yeon Kim, Samuel Little, Jude Lunn, Penny McCarthy, Shona McGovern, Richard McVetis, Catrin Morgan, Eleanor Morgan, Craig Morris, Marion Piper, Messua Poulin-Wolff, Tyler Reed, Raji Salan, Annie Samuel, Solveig Settemsdal, Martyn Simpson, Helen Thomas, Kevin Tole, Thomas Treherne, Kazuya Tsuji, Vandana, David Winthrop, Aishan Yu.

The four prize winners receive unconditional cash prizes as follows: First Prize of £8,000; Second Prize of £5,000; and two Student Awards of £2,000 each.

Jerwood Drawing Prize is a joint initiative, led by Professor Anita Taylor, at Bath Spa University, School of Art and Design, and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its contemporary gallery programme Jerwood Visual Arts. The 20th anniversary of the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition was celebrated in 2014, and in 2015 Jerwood Charitable Foundation marked 15 years of its support for the prize.

Rebecca Beinart, Imagined Geographies (2015). Photo Courtesy of Susan Guy & National Trust

Jerwood Open Forest

  • 2 November — 11 December 2016

This group exhibition brings together work by the five artists selected for the R&D stage of Jerwood Open Forest in 2016: Rebecca Beinart, Magz Hall, Keith Harrison, David Rickard and David Turley.

Rebecca Beinart’s projects are often collaborative and explore the crossover between art, ecology and politics, taking the form of live events and interventions in public places. For this exhibition she has made a live work using a collection of stories about lost trees, developed through research collected around specific forests. The audience experiences a series of one-to-one encounters, which draw upon connections between personal experiences of loss and wider themes such as deforestation and collective memory.

Magz Hall works with sound and radio. For this exhibition she has developed an interactive trail of radio transmissions through the forest, playfully enabling trees to whisper to each other, and re-engaging with a sense of technological enchantment intrinsic to the early radio experiments that make up much of her research interest. Members of the public will record their secrets and dreams onto simple radio hardware disguised within a tree.

Keith Harrison is fascinated by the potential for the direct physical transformation of clay from a raw state utilising industrial and domestic electrical systems in a series of time-based public experiments. For this exhibition he has created a multi-faceted, performative sculpture bringing together industrial forces within the context of the forest, inspired by his upbringing in the heavily post-industrialized Black Country. Keith constructed a series of mud jumps through the forest, working with BMXers; from the same mud he will build a prototype car to be launched from a monumental ramp as a public event.

David Rickard’s work Returnings is a vast forest installation built with timber collected from across the UK, which explores the cyclical journey of the forests’ trees. Each piece of ‘reclaimed’ wood is imprinted with details of its previous function and location, thereby recording a network of the past lives of timber elements within the depths of their original environment.

David Turley’s work centres on a ‘Men of the Trees Forestry Diary’ from 1947, unearthed at an auction in Australia, which documents the daily life of a man planting trees in Orlestone Forest outside Ashford, Kent. Turley has engaged with the social and cultural events described in the notebook’s pages, exploring the potential for site engagement through its specific historical narrative.

The five artists were selected from almost 500 diverse and ambitious proposals in response to an open call to UK-based artists within 15 years of beginning their practice. Artists were invited to submit bold, broad-thinking proposals that explored the potential of forests as a site for art. Each selected artist receives a £2,000 research and development fee to develop their commission proposals, test feasibility and explore potential sites within England’s Public Forest Estate. One artist is selected to receive a further commission of £30,000. All of the artists also participate in a programme of professional development activities as a peer group, including workshops and advisory sessions alongside one-to-one mentoring sessions, and present a group exhibition at Jerwood Space.

The selection was made by: Katherine Clarke, artist and founding partner of muf architecture/art; Neville Gabie, artist; Shonagh Manson, Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation; Hayley Skipper, National Arts Development Programme Manager, Forestry Commission England; and Dr Joy Sleeman, writer, curator and lecturer. The initiative was launched in 2013 in response to an opportunity to open up the Public Forest Estate to artists in partnership with Forestry Commission England. It responds to a need to support artists, perhaps working in a forest context for the first time, with the professional skill set with which to realise a large scale work, and with access to experienced professionals throughout. Alumni include Semiconductor and Chris Watson.

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Jasmine Johnson

Screening: Jasmine Johnson, A Perfect Instrument (Kristina)

  • 25 October 2016 7-8:30pm

The premiere screening of A Perfect Instrument (Kristina), a new video work by Jasmine Johnson at Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel.

A Perfect Instrument (Kristina) follows the well-known Lithuanian actress Kristina Savickytė over a day of teaching and learning in performance-led workshops and rehearsals. Filmed in various locations in Vilnius, the historic city sandwiched between East and West, the video explores the extent to which both an individual and a place must bend and perform for shifting contexts. This work is the fourth of a series of ongoing video portraits by the artist, in which individuals are selected for their proximity to global dilemmas, and for their capacity to articulate human anxieties.

A Perfect Instrument (Kristina) was made with support from Arts Council England whilst on residency at RUPERT Centre for Art and Education.

This screening coincides with Jasmine Johnson’s Project Space commission, Upright, which runs until 10 December 2016.


Genesis Cinema
93-95 Mile End Rd
E1 4UJ


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


Jerwood Visual Arts
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