Jerwood Survey is a major biennial touring exhibition led by Jerwood Arts that presents new commissions by 10 early-career artists from across the UK, providing a distinctive snapshot of current artistic concerns and approaches in the visual arts. It spans a wide breadth of disciplines and takes a non-institutional approach to selection by inviting leading artists to nominate the most outstanding early-career artists making work today.
announced the partners for the next iteration, Jerwood Survey III, led in partnership with Southwark Park Galleries in London.The exhibition will launch at Southwark Park Galleries in March 2024, before touring to g39 in Cardiff and Site Gallery in Sheffield later in 2024. It will culminate at Collective in Edinburgh in spring 2025, marking the first time that the project has been presented in Scotland.
Established in 2018, this third edition of Jerwood Survey introduces new partnerships and continues to build on Jerwood Arts and the partners specialist knowledge and experience of working with early-career artists across artforms. Following the closure of their exhibitions and events programme at Jerwood Space at the end of 2023, this is the first major touring project to be announced as part of a refocused visual arts strategy to redirect resources towards strengthening the artist development infrastructure nationally.
As lead partner for Jerwood Survey III, Southwark Park Galleries will support the selected artists to develop their commissions over 9-months, curating the premiere presentation of the exhibition and producing a unique catalogue with new writing commissions. All four gallery partners have specific strengths in supporting and sharing the work of early-career practices, and will connect the artists in Jerwood Survey III with wider local and national audiences through the exhibition and public programme at their venue. As in previous iterations of the project, all exhibiting artists will be funded to attend preview and networking events at each partner venue; expanding their networks across different parts of the UK and developing new dialogues as a peer group.
Artists who have previously taken part include Chris Alton, Simeon Barclay, Hazel Brill, Flo Brooks, Emma Cousin, Joe Fletcher Orr, Tom Goddard, Ashley Holmes, Lindsey Mendick, Nicole Morris, Milly Peck, Anna Raczynski, Will Sheridan Jr, Rae-Yen Song and Frank Wasser. Survey II included: Saelia Aparicio, Tereza Červeňová, Sadé Mica, Rebecca Moss, Cinzia Mutigli, Shenece Oretha, Katarzyna Perlak, Tako Taal, Nicolaas van de Lande, Angharad Williams. Previous iterations of Jerwood Survey took place at Jerwood Space in London, g39 in Cardiff, The Bluecoat in Liverpool, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead; and Site Gallery in Sheffield, respectively.
Positioning itself as a mid-ground between Bloomberg New Contemporaries and the British Art Show, Jerwood Survey responds to a vital need for artists who are no longer the most recent graduates - but still early in their careers - to benefit from a supported opportunity to make and show new work in a group exhibition format. Alumni from the project have gone on to present major solo exhibitions across the UK, have work acquired to national collections, and be included in other major exhibitions such as British Art Show 9. In 2023 alumni Flo Brooks has launched their first permanent public commission with Studio Voltaire and will have a solo commission with Spike Island in Bristol; Lindsey Mendick will present solo exhibitions at Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield; and Shenece Oretha is artist in residence at The Hepworth Wakefield, culminating in a solo presentation this autumn. Simeon Barclay and Rebecca Moss will be included in the group exhibition Poor Things at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, curated by former Jerwood Survey nominator Emma Hart and Dean Kenning.
Artists who nominated in the first two iterations of Jerwood Survey have included John Sealey, Andy Holden, Ryan Gander, Matt Stokes, Steven Page, Emma Hart, David Obaledeston, Ryan Gander, Bedwyr Williams, Joseph Buckley, Emma Hart, Alessandro Raho, Simeon Barclay, Rachel MacLean, Pil Galia Kollectiv, Jonathan Baldock, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Jade Montserrat, Heather Phillipson, Joanna Piotrowska, Tai Shani, Emily Speed, Wood and Harrison, and Zadie Xa.
Lilli Geissendorfer, Director, Jerwood Arts says: Partnerships and collaboration are fundamental to our work and we are delighted to be joining forces with Southwark Park Galleries, g39, Site Gallery and Collective on the next iteration of Jerwood Survey. All four organisations share our mission to listen to artists and enable the best conditions for artistic development, an ethos that has been at the heart of this flagship project from the start. Jerwood Survey III marks the refocusing of Jerwood Arts visual arts strategy from 2023 to redirect resources towards other galleries in London and across the UK, strengthening the artist development infrastructure nationally.
Judith Carlton, Director, Southwark Park Galleries says: We are really excited to be lead partner for the third iteration of Survey and to be collaborating with Jerwood Arts and our friends across the country to develop an ambitious programme and create lasting legacies for all the fantastic artists we will be lucky to work with. Southwark Park Galleries has a long history and strong reputation for commissioning and supporting artists at a critical point in their career, so Survey III is the perfect project for us to provide that opportunity to some of the most exciting and dynamic early-career artists making work in the UK today.