Jerwood Makers Open 2013

10 JULY – 25 AUGUST 2013

A unique commissioning opportunity from Jerwood Visual Arts, showcasing brand new work by five emerging artists in an exhibition at Jerwood Space, London. The show will run until 25 August before touring the UK.
As part of Jerwood Makers Open 2013, commissions of £7,500 were awarded to conceptual maker Maisie Broadhead, jeweller Linda Brothwell, ceramicist Adam Buick, paper artist Nahoko Kojimaand textile artist Roanna Wells, affording them a unique opportunity to freely develop new ideas central to their individual practice. With processes spanning embroidery and paper cutting to photography and film installation, the selected artists each employ high quality craftsmanship to explore and challenge traditional thinking in applied arts.
These five artists were selected for Jerwood Makers Open from over 200 UK-wide applications, by an independent panel comprising internationally acclaimed designer Edward Barber, Director of Stanley Picker Gallery David Falkner, and artist and editor Bonnie Kemske.
On the submission process and final selection, the panel commented: ‘The submissions were of an extremely high quality, but we have selected five very talented individual makers who, although distinct in their chosen practice, together tell a rich story about where craft is positioned today. All of the work they are producing is ambitious and sensitive, internationally aware and culturally located. We are hugely excited to see how this opportunity will help each of these makers move their creative practice to the next level through producing their Jerwood Makers Open commissions.’
Shonagh Manson, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation also commented: ‘It was a privilege to observe the rigor and quality of ideas present within proposals to Jerwood Makers Open 2013. What unites these five commissions is an equal weight and consideration given by each artist to both their conceptual enquiry and to the skill of execution required to work at this level with specific materials and form.’
Maisie Broadhead
Since graduating from her Masters in Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in 2009, Maisie Broadhead has exhibited widely throughout the UK to critical acclaim, most recently in Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present at the National Gallery.
Drawing inspiration from Old Masters, Maisie adds a contemporary twist to her photographs with her intelligent rethinking of props, characters, clothing and environment to inject wit and humour into classic portraits. For Jerwood Makers Open, Maisie will present a series of re-workings of Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese’s series Allegory of Love (1575), drawing on her own personal experience and the use of contemporary objects to interpret these four different facets: Scorn; Unfaithfulness; Respect and Happy Union. Central to each of these tableaux will be one of four three-dimensional props, handmade from wood, glass, plastic and metal. Each choice of material and its manifestation will not only be key to the narrative but also embed an additional layer of symbolism within the final work.
Linda Brothwell
Working across jewellery, design and installation, Royal College of Art graduate Linda Brothwell’s practice explores traditional craft processes and techniques which are becoming more rare in practice. Reflecting upon local materials and regional heritage, Linda’s new body of work for Jerwood Makers Open will focus on an intervention of care carried out at the Portland Works in Sheffield. Creating a series of handmade tools including hammers, chisels and shims, Linda will document the use of this kit to restore areas of this heritage-rich site, known for being Sheffield’s first purpose built cutlery works.
Adam Buick
Traditionally known for his handcrafted Korean Moon Jars, Adam Buick will tread new ground by combining ceramic sculpture with explorations in film, to produce an evocative body of work for Jerwood Makers Open. Producing a series of hand-thrown porcelain bells Adam will play with location and context, displaying the objects in a variety of natural architectural spaces, including hidden sea caves found in his native Pembrokeshire. Documenting the process on film, Adam will draw the eye of the viewer to striking environments which may often go unnoticed. In his final installation, the ceramic bells will be displayed alongside video and photography.
Nahoko Kojima
Pushing boundaries within sculpture, Nahoko Kojima has become renowned for spearheading kiri-e, the art of Japanese paper-cutting, within Europe. Her considered technique fuses narrative and emotion within one continuous cut line to produce innovative forms which astound with their delicacy.
Following on from her 2012 piece The Cloud Leopard, for Jerwood Makers Open Nahoko will create an intricate paper sculpture of a swimming polar bear. Cut by hand and created to scale, the finished sculpture will be suspended from a height and lit to play with shadow and shape. Almost double the size of its precursor, Byaku will be over 2.5m in length, created entirely from a single sheet of Japanese washi paper.
Roanna Wells
Blurring boundaries between textile art and contemporary drawing, Roanna Wells explores the use of traditional hand stitch techniques to conceptualise mark-making. Working on stretches of sheer silk and wool, Roanna’s work for Jerwood Makers Open will explore spontaneous pattern and depict abstracted representations of crowd formations as viewed from above. Taking the Kumbh Mela celebrations in India as her starting point, Roanna commissioned her own series of aerial photography for the event and will draw influence from these resulting images to create a large-scale embroidery piece measuring 3m x 1.5m.
The exhibition will be on display at Jerwood Visual Arts at Jerwood Space, London, until 25 August 2013, before touring the UK.  More information can be found at
JVA at Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
London SE1 OLN
T: + 44 (0) 20 7654 0171
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-3pm
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