Jerwood Makers Open recognises and promotes the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts. It presents 5 commissions by exceptional artists, enabling them to experiment, learn and take risks at a pivotal moment in their practice. In this seventh edition, the exhibition showcases new work by Mark Corfield-Moore, Forest + Found (Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth), Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West. It is accompanied by a full colour publication including a new essay by curator and writer Elinor Morgan.
Although representing diverse approaches to making, a shared ethos of curiosity connects all of the artists in Jerwood Makers Open 2019. The artists are continually exploring, learning and challenging the possibilities of the materials they use, which include clay, wood, metal, textiles and even text. The rigorous repetition of processes – and often physical motion – demonstrates the high level of technical skill and intellectual adventure invested. Whether investigating political, social and historical contexts, or challenging the traditions of craft and our engagement with nature, a fascination with making remains at the core of the work.
[Image: Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Making all the greens unstable, 2018. Photo Anna Arca]