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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.
Susannah Worth, work in progress (Mina Pächter’s Winter Salad), 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Project Space: Susannah Worth: How to Do Things with Salad

  • 11 January — 30 April 2016 *on now

In this new commission Susannah Worth offers text and photographic images as vicarious experiences of food, exploring the performative nature of the recipe and the complex significations of salad. An audio essay and tableware document a communal cooking event, considering the aspiration and disappointment associated with the culinary act, in reality or imagination.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Antonio Roberts, Dead Copyright, 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Jerwood Encounters: Common Property

  • 15 January — 21 February 2016 *on now

Curated by Hannah Pierce, Jerwood Encounters: Common Property seeks to demonstrate how artists engage with and relate to copyright through the work of six emerging and mid-career artists, including three new commissions. The exhibition and accompanying events programme seeks to generate new conversations about how copyright is currently impacting the way visual artists make and distribute their work, and demonstrates how artists are challenging the limitations of copyright through their practice.

There will be a number of new commissions in Common Property, reflecting the current and evolving artistic interest in 'playing' with copyright frameworks and associated issues. Antonio Roberts, a digital artist from Birmingham, will show work that tests questions of creative ownership rights arising from today's increasingly sophisticated digital technology. Owen Parry's commission, Larry!Monument, is informed by his fascination with the phenomenon of 'fandom' and the fan-art aesthetic. His life-size 'monument' pays homage to the fictional romance between One Direction members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, as dreamed up by the band's infatuated fans. The third commissioned project is a site-specific piece by Hannah Knox, which draws inspiration from the Magic Eye series of 'autostereograms', popular in the '90s (these were 2D digital patterns which offered up illusory 3D images on prolonged viewing). Hannah will exhibit a series of new painted and mixed media works based on Magic Eye posters, complemented by a vast original Magic Eye backdrop.

Canadian-based artist Rob Myers' Sharable Readymadesproject aims to return iconic art historical 'readymades' to the public domain. He will display several examples of these works as 3D-printable models. Intentionally simulating the way in which DJs sample, distort and layer the music of others, Edwin Burdis will present a new series of paintings entitled POLYTUNNEL-BANGERZ which sample and 'remix' existing artwork, including his own. SUPERFLEX, a group of Danish artist-designer-activists, describe their work as 'tools': models or proposals which can be used and modified by their users. They will be exhibiting Copy Right, a model of a chair that references the 'knock-off' imitations of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen's 'Ant Chair', hugely popular in the mid-20th century.

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  • Any age



Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: 'Borrowed Time'

  • 9 March — 24 April 2016

Celebrating its third edition, the Jerwood/FVU Awards proudly introduces the new exhibition Borrowed Time which will premiere two moving-image installations by Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams. These significant new works have been developed following the award of £20,000 to each artist in May this year. Following its debut at Jerwood Space, London from 9 March to 24 April 2016, the show will travel to CCA, Glasgow from 28 May to 10 July 2016.

As the title Borrowed Time suggests, the resulting works reflect on the uncertain nature of our contemporary economic and ecological moment, while also alluding to wider historical patterns and elemental forces. Never has there been a time, perhaps, where we have borrowed so much against the future economically - from the loans and mortgages of domestic realities to the sophisticated economics of financial derivatives. And never has there been a moment, perhaps, where that feeling of living on borrowed time, of a clock ticking louder and louder, has reverberated so ominously ecologically.

Kramer and Williams both submitted bold proposals to the 2016 curatorial theme that are, by chance, both centred around power stations. FVU is working closely with the artists, overseeing the development of the films over the 10-month production period.

The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: 'Borrowed Time' will open at Jerwood Space, London from 9 March to 24 April 2016 and at CCA, Glasgow from 28 May to 10 July 2015. More information can be found at

The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a major annual opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice. The open application programme invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which are selected each year, by a panel of experts. The selected artists are given a £20,000 award to create the proposed work over a 10-month period. Each recipient also receives full production support from FVU, as well as access to the extensive moving-image facilities of University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries. Finished works are exhibited at Jerwood Space, London, and at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA).

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  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Antonio Roberts, 'Transformative Use', 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Tour of Jerwood Encounters: Common Property and Sonification Studies

  • 15 February 2016 6:30-7:45pm

An Exhibition Tour of Jerwood Encounters: Common Property led by curator of the exhibition, Hannah Pierce, and Jerwood Visual Arts’ Writer in Residence, Tom Overton.

As a finale to the tour Antonio Roberts, exhibiting artist in Common Property, will perform Sonification Studies. Using Pixel Player (a piece of software created and released by the artist) Roberts will, in real time, translate a selection of images into audio and glitched visuals.

Pixel Player is an update of Pixel Waves, also created and released by Antonio Roberts. It was developed after a visit to The Cyborg Foundation in Barcelona in 2013, and allows the sonification of images based on the colour/RGB values of individual pixels.
Sonification Studies has previous been performed as part of the exhibition, glitChicago, Chicago, 2014.

This event is free but booking is required via Eventbrite:

To find out more about Jerwood Encounters: Common Property please visit the exhibition page:

Hannah Pierce a researcher, curator and project manager based in Manchester. Her research and curatorial focus is on experimental models for supporting emerging and under-represented artists. She is currently Contemporary Arts Programme Manager with the National Trust, and has previously worked with Jerwood Visual Arts, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool Biennial and the International Award for Excellence in Public Art.

Tom Overton, Jerwood Visual Arts Writer-in-Residence 2015-16, is currently writing two books for Penguin/Allen Lane: The Good Archivist, about archives and migration, and The Storyteller, a biography of John Berger. He edited Portraits: John Berger on Artists (Verso, 2015), which was a New York Times ‘editor’s pick’ and on best books of 2015 lists in the FT, Independent, Observer and Frieze. A second volume, Landscapes, will be published in Autumn 2016. His writing has been published by the London Review of Books blog, New Statesman, White Review, and others. He works at the British Library, where he catalogued Berger’s archive, and is a Fellow of the Centre for Life-writing Research, King’s College London.

Antonio Roberts is a new-media artist and curator based in Birmingham. His artwork focuses on the errors and glitches generated by digital technology. An underlying theme of his work is open source software, free culture and collaborative practices. As a performer and visual artist his work has been featured at a number of galleries and festivals including Loud Tate: Code, Tate Britain (2014), glitChicago, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, US (2014), and f(Glitch), Stony Brook University, New York, US (2014). As a curator he has delivered exhibitions and projects including the Birmingham editions of Bring Your Own Beamer (2012, 2013), µChip 3 (2015), and Stealth (2015). He is an Associate Curator at Vivid Projects and is a Fellow at Birmingham Open Media.

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  • Any age


Jerwood Visual Arts
Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
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020 7654 0171

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