Jerwood Open Forest – Jerwood Space, London (2 November – 11 December 2016)

November 1, 2016

Now in its second edition, Jerwood Open Forest is an artist-centred initiative established by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England. The 2016 exhibition examines art in the environment and its potential to facilitate experimentation and engagement. The show is a distillation of five selected projects, which have been explored throughout a six-month period of research, development and mentoring.

Rebecca Beinart, Magz Hall, Keith Harrison, David Rickard and David Turley have expanded upon their original proposals to produce new bodies of work spanning installation, film, ceramics and performance. Whilst projects are diverse in terms of process and materials, they are united by themes such as loss, legacy and transformation.

Jerwood Open Forest seeks to contribute to a national conversation about how contemporary visual artists engage with the environment today, and debates around critical practice and art in the public realm. The exhibition builds upon the impact of the 2014 initiative, which saw two major new commissions realised including Hrafn: Conversations with Odin composed by Chris Watson and produced by Iain Pate along with spherical sculpture Cosmos by artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt).

“Jerwood Open Forest provided us with a rich opportunity to push our practice in a new direction, take risks and challenge ourselves. We had a brilliant support structure and the resulting work, for us, will be a great legacy” Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)

As part of Jerwood Open Forest, one of the five artists exhibiting at Jerwood Space, London this November will be selected for a major new £30,000 commission to be realised next year in their proposed Forestry Commission England location.

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