17 October 2020 to 2 January 2021
This exhibition showcases new works and installations in textiles, ceramics, wood and metal, by five contemporary artists, selected from over 300 applications in response to a national call for proposals. The award and exhibition, which is touring to venues throughout the UK, has freely allowed makers to develop their creative ideas, constituting a fresh and exciting direction in their work. Each artist has received a bursary to support experimentation and the making of new work for this exhibition.
Jerwood Makers Open launched in 2010 to recognise and promote the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts. This exhibition is the seventh edition of the awards, and brings together new commissions by artists Mark Corfield-Moore, Forest + Found (Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth), Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West.
Jerwood Makers Open is supported by Jerwood Arts with additional support from Art Fund for curatorial development activities on tour.
Mark Corfield-Moore (b. 1988, Bangkok) lives and works in London. He graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Academy Schools in 2018 and with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2015.
For Jerwood Makers Open he presents three new weavings produced following a period in Northern Thailand learning the art of ikat, a form of dying and weaving practiced in several parts of Asia, and in rural Scotland studying the production of tartan. Fireworks are a central visual motif in this series, inspired by the distinctive blurred appearance of ikat weaving.
Forest + Found
Forest + Found are a London-based partnership between artists Max Bainbridge (b. 1991, London) and Abigail Booth (b. 1991, London). Max Bainbridge graduated in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 2013, where he specialised in photography and sculpture. Abigail Booth graduated in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art in 2010, the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012 and Chelsea College of Art in 2013, where she specialised in painting and sculpture.
The Subjective Element, is a new installation comprising of painted textile works and sculpted wood vessels. Driven by a desire to physically and psychologically connect to the natural world, this work seeks to highlight the importance of building and sustaining embodied interactions with nature.
Lucie Gledhill (b. 1983, London) is a London-based jeweller. She graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in Jewellery & Metalwork at the Royal College of Art in 2009 and since has become known for her expertise in chain making.
Chain, is a new series of large-scale and miniature chain links made in wood, iron and silver. These materials all have a different function in the making process, with the wood as master for an iron cast and the iron as former for a hollow silver link. Displayed in an extended row, which alludes to the formation of a chain, her work ‘links’ the distinct techniques required to successfully manipulate them into shape.
Bethan Lloyd Worthington
Bethan Lloyd Worthington (b. 1982, Birmingham) lives and works in London. She graduated with a BDes in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 and a Postgraduate Degree in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art in 2010.
For Jerwood Makers Open she presents Making all the greens unstable, a new wall-based work composed of distinct ceramic objects and a risograph leaflet work designed and written by the artist. Discrete elements are brought together in a composition that draws on references to poetry, art, histories and news events, with a focus on the colour green both in terms of its chemistry in ceramics and its wider social meanings.
Tana West (b. 1981, Cambridge) lives and works in London. She graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art in 2014 and with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art: Sculpture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2003. Drawing influence from the familiar funfair attraction ‘Hall of Mirrors’, Tana West’s new commission Through a Glass Darkly, is a hall of black mirrors that represents a manifestation of our current anxieties about the future. Visitors are invited to walk through the steel cubed structure that the black mirrors are mounted within and explore this obscured and imperfect vision of reality.