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Jerwood opens contest for £30k forest installation

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The Jerwood Foundation has launched a competition for a ‘bold and broad-thinking’ installation in an English wooded setting

Backed by Forestry Commission England and Arts Council England, the contest seeks ideas for a £30,000 artwork anywhere within England’s Public Forest Estate.

According to the announcement: ‘There is no brief. 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.’

Map showing the Public Forest Estate in England

Map showing the Public Forest Estate in England - click to enlarge

Five shortlisted teams will receive £2,000 each to develop their proposals over a six month period.

Judges include muf architecture/art founding partner Katherine Clarke, artist Neville Gabie, Forestry Commission England curator of arts development Hayley Skipper and Jerwood Foundation director Shonagh Manson.

The finalist designs will feature in an exhibition at the Jerwood Space, London in November 2016. During the exhibition a winner will be selected for the £30,000 commission.

The winners of the programme’s inaugural edition, launched in 2013, were Cosmos by Semiconductor at Alice Holt Forest (pictured) Hrafn; Conversationswith Odin by Chris Watson and Iain Pate in Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Skipper said: ‘We had an incredible selection of artists creating exceptional new proposals for the first edition of Jerwood Open Forest and we are thrilled to be able to invite artists to make ambitious new proposals in this edition of Jerwood Open Forest.

‘The nations’ forests are incredible environments and we believe contemporary artists’ engagement with them is vital.’

Manson added: ‘With carefully considered research support and resources on offer, we hope that this opportunity will be of value to a diverse range of artists from different practice backgrounds, including those who may never before have made work in such environments.’

The deadline for entries is 5pm on 1 February.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Parker Harris
Tel: 01372 462190
Email: jof@parkerharris.co.uk  




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