First launched in 2013 and now in its second edition, Jerwood Open Forest is a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England with the support of Arts Council England.

From an exceptional response of strong and diverse proposals, five projects were selected for a six-month research and development period. The artists each received a £2,000 research and development fee and support from Jerwood Visual Arts and Forestry Commission England to expand on the concept of their proposal and explore potential sites through this phase.

During the Research and Development period, shortlisted artists Rebecca Beinart, Magz Hall, Keith Harrison, David Rickard and David Turley each expanded upon their initial proposals, exploring the notion of art in the public realm, by definition and in practice. In the second Jerwood Open Forest exhibition (2 November – 11 December 2016), the artists present new works which serve as a distillation of their Research and Development period, comprising painting, sculpture, installation and film. The presentations are diverse in terms of process and materials but are united by themes of loss and legacy and transformation.

‘The Arts Council is thrilled to be supporting the second edition of the Jerwood Open Forest. It is a great model for commissioning considered and innovative new work, allowing emerging artists the space and time to test new ideas under the stewardship of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England. Through this partnership artists can access the unique and diverse Public Forest Estate in England, it is a wonderful way to increase access to and enjoyment of visual art across the country.’ Jo Baxendale, Relationship Manager Visual Arts, Arts Council England