Following the success of the inaugural Jerwood Open Forest culminating in two £30,000 commissions in England’s Public Forests in 2014 by Semiconductor and Chris Watson with Iain Pate, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England are delighted to launch the second iteration of Jerwood Open Forest with generous support of Arts Council England. This is an exceptional opportunity for visual artists, as individuals or as collaborators, to propose ideas for a major new £30,000 commission to be realised anywhere in England’s Public Forest Estate. www.forestry.gov.uk/visit
There is no brief. The forests are open for your ideas. This is a call for bold, broad-thinking proposals that explore the potential of forests as sites for art. Proposals can be for work in any discipline or medium, temporary or permanent, site-specific or for touring to more than one location.
THE OPPORTUNITY: WHAT’S ON OFFER
From initial ideas entered, up to eight artists will be invited for interview from which five artists will be selected to receive a £2,000 Research & Development (R&D) 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 their concept, assess the viability of the idea and identify potential sites through this phase. This research process will culminate in a curated exhibition at Jerwood Space, London 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 commission to realise their proposal.