Jerwood New Work Fund

June 3, 2019

Funding for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations to undertake the research, development and creation of new work to enable a step-change in their practice and profile.

The Jerwood New Work Fund provides funding for the research, development, creation, production and dissemination of new work, with a focus on developing artistic practice.

It aims to advance artistic practice by encouraging applicants to investigate the creative process and take risks that lead to the development of unique new works destined to connect with a public audience.

This fund is focused on the initial creation process, but can support the full artistic cycle from the initial idea through to presentation. As with all our work, the priority is to support artists, curators and/or producers’ professional development, so we expect all proposals to demonstrate a significant step-change in their practice and/or career growth. We are comfortable not knowing what the outcome might be at the application stage.

We particularly welcome applications for:
– innovative research and development processes
– diverse cross-art form investigations
– new collaborations and/or cross-art form partnerships
– new work on a new scale for the applicant(s)
– new work outside institutional contexts
– new work that challenges existing practices

We look forward to being surprised and challenged.

What can you apply for?
You can apply for between £5,000 and £25,000 for:
– artistic research
– workshops
– scratch
– making and creation
– project development
– R&D processes
– production, presentation and dissemination

We will not fund applications that focus solely on public outcomes and do not include significant artistic development and learning process for the artists involved.

Applications can be made to the Jerwood New Work Fund to take an idea through to full production, presentation and dissemination, but only where other funding and/or commitments is in place to support this element of the project. In all applications, we would expect to see a clear sense of the trajectory for the work and what will happen next. In line with our principles, we expect all artists involved to be paid appropriately for their time and expertise. Please also give consideration to access and inclusion within your project, and your project’s environmental impact.

We expect to receive around 400 applications for the Jerwood New Work Fund in 2019 and have the resources to fund approximately 10 projects. Only two or three will be at the higher value allowed by the Fund. Due to this high level of competition, it is highly unlikely we will fund anyone with less than a year of commitment to their professional practice and/or has not had at least one piece of work professionally produced, presented, published or exhibited. It means that unless an individual has had a career change or break (see next question below), their first professional experience will have been between 2009 and 2018.

We expect projects to take place within 24 months of funds being awarded. Activities earmarked for support from the Jerwood New Work Fund can start once funding is confirmed.