£1million Jerwood Artangel Open Calls For Ambitious Entries

By Caroline Lewis | 08 June 2006
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Jeremy Deller, Batle of Orgreave, 2001. Courtesy Artangel

A major new £1 million commissioning intitiative is looking to fund projects on a par with Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave, Derek Jarman’s garden, Rachel Whiteread’s House and Angus Farquhar’s son-et-lumiere on the Isle of Skye.

The Jerwood Artangel Open, in association with Channel 4 and Arts Council England, is calling for ideas for “exceptional projects” in relation to specific sites in the UK. Emerging artists from all disciplines are invited to imagine ambitious transformations of specific situations, urban, suburban and rural.

“The magnitude and risk in this huge open competition,” said Roanne Dods, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, “is balanced by the sheer excitement of giving emerging artists a chance to create new work on a site, scale and level of imagination and aspiration that would otherwise not be possible for them.”

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Angus Farquhar, The Storr: Unfolding Landscape, 2005. Photo: Alan McAteer

Artangel will develop the winning commissions for presentation in the UK between 2008 and 2010, while the involvement of Channel 4 is designed to widen the reach of the projects through broadcasting.

“This is only possible by making the right intervention with the right group of people,” said Roanne Dods. “This initiative is one of the largest projects that the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has ever embarked on and the reason we are able to take this journey is because of the special reputation of Artangel.”

Site-specific artworks like Whiteread’s House in East London and Deller’s re-enactment in South Yorkshire have transformed expectations as to how and where compelling art can be experienced. Artangel is currently involved in an unusual multimedia project involving musicians, filmmakers and the public in Margate, which will be the scene of a theatrical interpretation of the biblical Exodus.

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Michael Landy's Breakdown project was realised in a former C&A store on Oxford Street, London. The artist destroyed all his possessions in the installation. Courtesy Artangel

The Co-Directors of Artangel, James Lingwood and Michael Morris, said: “There’s a very rich seam of artistic potential in the UK today and we’re looking forward to being surprised by some compelling ideas.”

Visual artists, filmmakers, choreographers, composers, writers, theatre practitioners, applied artists and producers living anywhere in the UK may enter the open competition. The selection panel includes artists Jeremy Deller and Shirin Neshat, theatre director Emma Rice and the Artangel directors.

The closing date for submissions is October 6 2006. See www.thejerwoodartangelopen.org.uk for more information.

The Artangel announcement comes hot on the heels of a Channel 4/British Documentary Film Foundation/Arts Council/ICA project to fund artists interested in making innovative documentaries. Four grants of £30,000 will be awarded in 2006 for films between three and 30 minutes long. See www.britdoc.org for details.

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