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Jerwood Makers Open 2015
- 22 March 2016
26 March - 11 June 2016
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
A new exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale, Jerwood Makers Open 2015, promotes the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena, seeking to support exceptional skill and imagination while broadening the boundaries of what has traditionally been defined as applied arts practice.
The fifth edition of Jerwood Makers Open presents significant new works by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, Ian McIntyre and Silo Studio. Their works span handfinished ceramics, new methods of casting, previously unexplored materials and the incorporation of digital processes.
The Makers were selected from a national submission of 267 proposals by an external panel comprising Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers; Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine; and Michael Marriott, leading product designer and curator. Each Maker received an award of £7,500 to realise ambitious new projects, the result of which are debuted here before touring nationally. Since 2010, Jerwood Charitable Foundation has awarded commissioning funds totalling £180,000 directly to artists through this initiative.
Speaking about the show, Mark Doyle, Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager at Touchstones Rochdale said: “Jerwood Makers has supported 24 major new commissions, offering a rare opportunity for artists to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices. From 2015, Jerwood Makers Open will continue to run, on a biennial basis, with the next national call for entries opening in spring 2016 for a 2017 exhibition. For more details continue to follow @JerwoodJVA #JM015”.
Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre. It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions.
Address: The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
Telephone: 01706 924492.