Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Visual Arts
171 Union Street
Greater London




020 7654 0171


020 7654 0172

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Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) is a contemporary gallery programme of awards, exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London and on tour nationally. Jerwood Visual Arts showcases and supports the work of talented emerging artists across the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, applied arts, photography and moving image. It also aims to make connections and provoke conversations within and across the different disciplines. JVA is a major initiative of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

JVA launched at the Frieze Art Fair in 2006 and brought together for the first time the Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s numerous visual arts projects. Today JVA makes up a third of the Charitable Foundation’s activity and revenue.

The current exhibition programme is comprised of our annual touring exhibitions Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Painting Fellowships and Jerwood Makers Open, all of which are open submission, Jerwood Encounters, our series of one-off, curated exhibitions that do not currently tour and the Jerwood/ Film and Video Umbrella Awards, a nominated commissioning programme for moving image artists.

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Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

The striking 2,600 sq-ft exhibition space is home to Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA).
The JVA programme is complemented by a showcase of new work in the Café Project Space, wall installations in the Courtyard and on the frontage, and sculptures in the garden and overlooking the Glasshouse.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015: 'What Will They See of Me?'

  • 11 March — 26 April 2015 *on now

From 11 March 2015 artists Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett, winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015, will premiere new moving-image works in an exhibition at Jerwood Space. These new works, suggested by the project title 'What Will They See of Me?', have been developed following the award of £20,000 commissions to each artist at the close of the first stage of the Awards in April 2014. Following its debut in London, the show will tour to CCA, Glasgow from 30 May until 12 July 2015.


film still by Georgie Grace

Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase

  • 13 May — 21 June 2015

Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase is a new artist development collaboration between Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and g39 (Cardiff), and Jerwood Charitable Foundation, through its London based gallery programme Jerwood Visual Arts.

3-Phase offers two early career artists the opportunity to make new work
which is being exhibited through five exhibitions across the collaborating galleries. Across the year-long programme, each artist has access to ongoing curatorial and practical support from the partners.

Kelly Best and Georgie Grace were selected for their ambitious and rigorous ideas which were felt to reflect their commitment to developing an outstanding art practice. The first phase consisted of two solo exhibitions which took place at Eastside Projects, Birmingham in January and March 2015. The next phase opens at Jerwood Space, London in May where the artists will present a joint exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme.

Kelly Best’s practice is rooted in drawing, through which she unpicks the relationship between form, perspective, colour and void. At Jerwood Space, Kelly will reconfigure her ambitious new work Velum, a large scale wall structure onto which the artist has realised a ten metre long pencil drawing. The bespoke, curved, sculptural surface covered by the artist’s repeated gesture of a pale vertical line over a black background demonstrates a powerful perspectival effect.

Georgie Grace’s practice occupies a space somewhere between still and moving image. Her interest in the intangible quality of digital reading and the shifting surfaces of the screen are questioned through her silent film works comprising found imagery and text. At Jerwood Space, Georgie will present a new edit of her film "the machine is almost pure magic". The film seamlessly knits together grainy, monochrome stills though a text narration – a contemporary voice that speaks of aspiration, desire and utopian ideals, but also their perils.