The Jerwood Artangel Open

The Jerwood Artangel Open – in association with Channel 4 and Arts Council England – is a major new £1million commissioning initiative for the contemporary arts that offers an unparalleled opportunity for emerging artists of all disciplines to propose ideas for exceptional projects in relation to specific sites across the UK.

The new £1 million fund will make three outstanding new commissions possible. Arts practitioners including visual artists, filmmakers, choreographers, composers, writers, theatre practitioners, applied artists and producers living anywhere in the UK are invited to imagine ambitious transformations of specific sites and situations – urban, suburban and rural.

This initiative is one of the largest projects that the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has ever embarked on and looks to benefit from the special reputation of Artangel to help bring about new work on a scale and level of imagination and aspiration that would otherwise not be possible.

The winning commissions will be developed and produced by Artangel for presentation in the UK between 2008 and 2010. The central involvement of Channel 4 as a partner will help broaden the reach and impact of the commissioned projects through specific TV programmes.

Channel 4’s association with Artangel goes back to 2002 and the co-production of two films for television – Sophie Fiennes’ Because I Sing and Mike Figgis’ film of Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave. Exodus, a further co-production, will be filmed by Penny Woolcock in Margate in the autumn of 2006.

The Open is hoping to bring forward ideas as inspiring as of some of the most exceptional projects of the past decade in the UK. Projects as different as Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of The Battle of Orgreave in South Yorkshire (screened on Channel 4, directed by Mike Figgis) or Derek Jarman’s coastal garden in Dungeness, Rachel Whiteread’s House in East London or Angus Farquhar’s Son-et-Lumiere on the Isle of Skye have transformed our expectations as to how and where some of the most compelling work of our time might be made and experienced.

The selection panel includes artists Jeremy Deller and Shirin Neshat, theatre director Emma Rice and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris.

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