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New Work Fund


Jerwood New Work Fund

What is it?
Funding for artists, artistic groups and artist-led organisations (living and working in the UK ) to undertake the research, development and creation of new work that enables 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 supports artists’ professional development, so we expect all proposals to demonstrate a significant step-change in their practice and/or career growth.

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
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 production, presentation and dissemination, and we are comfortable not knowing what the outcome might be at the application stage. If a public presentation or outcome for the project is planned, there should be other funding and/or commitments in place to support this. In all applications, we would expect to see a clear sense of the trajectory for the work and what will happen next.

We expect to receive around 400 applications for the Jerwood New Work Fund in 2019 and have the resources to fund approximately ten 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.

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.

deadline: 4 March 2019
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