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

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Performance piece 'they go into a little room and they bang a little drum,' by artists Nicola Singh and Harriet Plewis


  • 8 November — 10 December 2017 *on now

New work by Larry Achiampong, Mark Essen and Nicola Singh, developed through 3-Phase.

The selected artists, each at pivotal moments in their career, have demonstrated a commitment to challenging and pushing the boundaries of traditional modes of exhibition making. Inherent to their respective proposals is a strong research-base and pertinent social narratives, which surface through sculpture, performance and technology.

Larry Achiampong will present Relic Traveller – a new multi-disciplinary project manifesting in performance, audio, moving image and prose. Taking place across various landscapes and locations, the piece builds upon a postcolonial perspective informed by technology, agency and the body, and narratives of migration.

Mark Essen will present a new body of work exploring values of our archaic economy and offering suggestions of an alternative structure – specifically degrowth – a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics. By incorporating hydroponics into the work, the artist communicates how urban agriculture may be used as a form of resilience, redressing the balance with nature.

Nicola Singh will continue to find ways of writing via performance and through experiments in pedagogy. She is interested in the organisation of language around the body and in relation to the voice. Her work will take the form of a multifaceted performance, including live readings, experimental music and dialogue with other artists. She will also produce an installation and series of performative objects for her performance, feeling through ideas around exhibiting performance in the context of the gallery.

3-Phase is a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead and Eastside Projects, Birmingham and explores a new model for working in partnership to support the development of early career artist’s work over a sustained period of time.

The three artists have been selected to develop a series of new work with the curatorial assistance of each organisation, which will tour to each partner location. The project was first trialed in 2015 through the Jerwood Encounters series, working with artists Kelly Best and Georgie Grace.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Mark Essen, VASSONTABLE, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist

SLAM Fridays late opening

  • 24 November 2017 5-8pm

3-Phase will be open until 8pm as part of SLAM Fridays, the late night opening of galleries in South London on the last Friday of every month.

For a full programme visit the South London Art Map website.


Mark Essen, face, face, face, face, face, face, face, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist

How to Avert the Apocalypse: Ecological Overshoot and the Degrowth Imperative

  • 27 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Jason Hickel, anthropologist at London School of Economics, gives an introductory talk on Degrowth, a social, political and economic movement that advocates for the downscaling of production and consumption—the contraction of economies—arguing that over-consumption lies at the root of long term environmental issues and social inequalities.

Dr Jason Hickel is an anthropologist whose research focuses on inequality, global justice, and alternative economics. He is the author of a number of books, most recently The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions (Penguin, 2017). In addition to his academic work, Jason writes a column on development issues for The Guardian, and contributes to a number of other online outlets. He works as Policy Director with /The Rules collective, serves on the executive board of Academics Stand Against Poverty, and holds a Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts.


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


Larry Achiampong with Shiraz Bayjoo, 'Voyage of The Relic Traveller', Live Performance (2017). Images Courtesy of Somerset House.

Voyage of the Relic Traveller

  • 9 December 2017 7-8pm

Voyage of the Relic Traveller is a new performance by Larry Achiampong with Shiraz Bayjoo. Directly linked with Achiampong’s Afrofuturist project Relic Traveller, the performance simultaneously combines multi-channel visuals depicting historical, present and future colonial narratives accompanied by an intense, beat-driven live soundtrack of remixed audio and spoken word.


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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