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2 Nov 2016 to 11 Dec 2016
10 – 5 Mon - Fri, Sat-Sun 10 - 3
Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
United Kingdom
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David Rickard, Returnings, 2016

Artists in this exhibition: Rebecca Beinart, Magz Hall, Keith Harrison, David Rickard, David Turley

Jerwood Open Forest

2 November - 11 December 2016

Jerwood Space, LondonNow 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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Jerwood Open Forest
2 November - 11 December 2016
Address: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN
Opening Times: Mon–Fri from 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun from 10am–3pm
Admission: Free
Nearest Tube: Southwark, London Bridge or Borough
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Twitter: @JerwoodJVA #JOF16

Jerwood Visual Arts will host a series of evening events to accompany the exhibition. All events are free - advanced booking is required. For more information please check the website:

Artists - Commission Proposals

Rebecca Beinart is exploring care and loss in changing landscapes, bringing together a collection of stories about lost trees through large-scale performances in Leigh Woods (Bristol) and Ollerton Pit Wood (Nottinghamshire). The performances will open up connections between personal experiences of loss and wider themes such as deforestation, climate change, love, adventure, colonisation and collective memory.

Magz Hall is developing a site-specific radiophonic installation which weaves physical space, the radiophonic ether and the elusive temporality of dreams. Her proposed location is Bedgebury Pinetum which has some of the tallest pine trees in Kent and other Grand Firs (Abies grandis), used in the 1920s as antenna by the US army.

Keith Harrison proposes a multi-faceted performative sculpture bringing together industrial forces within the context of the forest, inspired by his upbringing in the heavily post-industrialised Black Country. Harrison is particularly fascinated by the potential for the direct physical transformation of clay from a raw state, utilising industrial and domestic electrical systems in a series of time-based experiments.

David Rickard is looking to collaborate with contemporary English poet SJ Fowler. Rickard’s proposed installation involves returning reclaimed timber to Kielder Water and Forest Park and inscribing prose into the individual wooden posts. The intention is for the cyclic narrative of histories, journeys and returnings to unfold around the installation.

David Turley is responding to a handwritten diary he found in Perth, Australia documenting a man’s period of employment as a forestry worker in Orlestone Forest, outside of Ashford, Kent. Turley has worked with the specifics of this narrative, developing a project that considers the parallel generation of a diary and a forest, seventy years ago, and how his own interaction with both might impact and connect with a contemporary and future experience.

Notes to editors

Jerwood Open Forest was first launched in 2013 by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England. This is the second edition, supported by 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.The selection panel of leading practitioners and project partners includes: Katherine Clarke Artist and founding partner of muf architecture/art; Neville Gabie Artist; Shonagh Manson Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation; Hayley Skipper National Arts Development Programme Manager, Forestry Commission England; Dr Joy Sleeman Writer, curator and lecturer.

Project Partners:

Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission and present new work. Artist opportunities run throughout the year alongside a programme of related exhibitions, events and commissioned writing taking place online, in London and across the UK.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information visit

Forestry Commission England is recognised and respected as an international leader in sustainable forestry. Working with others we look after the country’s trees, woods and forests for the good of everyone - today and for the future. Our reputation has been built on our expertise and our ability to achieve results that benefit people's lives. These benefits include the unique Public Forest Estate where millions of visitors enjoy a wide range of recreational activities every year.

We believe that Forest Art Works. Since 1968 England’s Public Forest Estate has played host to artworks and initiatives across artforms. We believe that woods and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Forest Art Works is a new partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England to support achieving great art and culture for everyone in England's public forests.


Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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