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Call for Proposals: Jerwood Open Forest

Deadline: Monday 1 February 2016, 17:00.

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.

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.

The selection panel will include leading practitioners and project partners:
– Katherine Clarke – Artist, Director and Co-founder muf architecture/art
– Neville Gabie – Artist
– Shonagh Manson – Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation
– Hayley Skipper – Curator of Arts Development, Forestry Commission England
– Joy Sleeman – Head of taught Courses in History and Theory of Art, UCL Slade School of Fine Art

At the first stage, we are looking for ambitious ideas that respond to the context of the Public Forest Estate. It is the idea that counts and should be the focus of the proposal; we do not need it to be a fully resolved concept at this stage, nor do we require artists to demonstrate previous experience of working on this scale or in related contexts.

Entry is by online application.

All artists are required to enter:
A maximum 500 word proposal outlining your idea
A current CV
A maximum of six images of current work or work in progress (files no larger than 500kb) or link to video/film
An entry fee of £10 per application

For full details, visit the website.