Jerwood Open Forest

Friday 17 May 2013

Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) and Forestry Commission England are delighted to announce Jerwood Open Forest, an exceptional opportunity for visual artists to propose ideas for a major new £30,000 commission to be realised anywhere within England's Public Forest Estate.

There is no brief. The forests are open for artists' ideas. This is a call for bold, broad-thinking proposals that explore the potential of forests as sites for art, both in and about the environment. Proposals can be for work in any discipline or medium, temporary or permanent, site - specific or for touring to more than one location.

Launching the initiative, the partnership between Jerwood Visual Arts and Forestry Commission England brings together the expertise of two esteemed national organisations. Jerwood Open Forest will facilitate new interactions between artists and forests and will open up new art experiences to a wide public audience. It aims to lead a national conversation about how contemporary visual artists engage with the environment today.

From initial ideas submitted, five artists will be selected to receive a £2,000 Research and Development fee to develop their proposals over a six-month period. Each artist will be fully supported by Jerwood Visual Arts and Forestry Commission England to expand on the concept, assess the viability of the idea and explore potential sites through this phase. This research process will culminate in a curated exhibition at JVA at Jerwood Space which will present the artists' work and explore broader contemporary debates around critical practice and art in the public realm and the environment. During the exhibition one artist will be selected to receive a £30,000 commissioning budget to realise their proposal.

Jerwood Open Forest is open for applications. Entry is by online application and artists must be resident in the UK and within 15 years of graduating from their undergraduate degree or starting their career as an artist. Closing date for entries is 5pm on 28 May, 2013.

To apply, click here.


Closing date: 28 May, 2013

Contact: Jerwood Open Forest

Tel: 01372 462190