Jerwood Encounters: Supporting Early Career Artists, A Panel Discussion

8 Jun 2015

Event times

Monday 8 June / 6.30-7.45pm

Cost of entry

FREE (booking required)

Jerwood Arts

England, United Kingdom


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A panel discussion which intends to reflect critically on Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase, a new artist development collaboration between two artist-led organisations, Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and g39 (Cardiff), and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.


It aims to discuss issues and considerations around supporting artists at early stages of their development, and why different organisations working together might provide an interesting model for this.

This discussion will be moderated by Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks & Triangle Network. Speakers include:Jude Bennett, Curator at g39; Ruth Claxton, artist & Associate Director of Eastside Projects; and Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Gasworks, London, where he leads a programme of residencies, exhibitions and participation projects focusing on emerging UK and international artists. He curated the first exhibition UK exhibition by Song Dong, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Renata Lucas and Tamar Guimaraes amongst others. Alessio is also the Director of Triangle, a global network of artists and grass-roots organisations. He is involved in planning and fundraising for the Network, as well as working with new partners on developing projects such as residencies and workshops. In 2009 Alessio instigated the Knowledge and Skills Sharing Programme, an ongoing series of professional development and training opportunities for artists and arts coordinators within the Triangle Network.

Jude Bennett is g39's Curator. Jude has also independently initiated projects such as Anarch Commissions (London) and has managed exhibitions and residency programmes at various arts organisations throughout the UK and Ireland for the past decade including Catalyst Arts (Belfast), Florence Trust (London), Queen Street Studios & Gallery (Belfast) and aspex (Portsmouth).

Ruth Claxton is an Artist and Associate Director of Eastside Projects. As an artist she is best known for her large-scale, site-responsive installations and public sculptures which often use reflective, mirrored and retro-reflective surfaces to create complex and fugitive visual experiences. She has shown widely in the UK and internationally including solo shows at Site Santa FE (USA), Spike Island (Bristol, UK) and Ikon Gallery (UK). She is a founding Director of Eastside Projects, Birmingham and, as Associate Director, works with Gavin Wade to imagine, organise and produce what has become one of the most dynamic arts organisations in the UK. She has been involved in ESP, Eastside Projects’ associate membership programme, since its inception and leads on this and other activity which supports artists in diverse ways including The Syllabus, a major new alternative learning programme which Eastside Projects has developed with partners Wysing Arts, Spike Island, S1, New Contemporaries and Studio Voltaire. Since 2013 she has co-produced the Birmingham Art Map, a quarterly publication which is distributed throughout the city and she leads on the Birmingham Production Space, an ambitious project which proposes a new, large-scale, national centre for the production of art and design be built in the city.

Shonagh Manson is Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, a leading private grant-making foundation supporting artists across art forms in the UK, and of Jerwood Visual Arts, a national exhibition programme which commissions and presents work by early-career artists and tours regionally. At Jerwood she has founded and co-founded numerous artist development initiatives including the national Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, Jerwood/FVU Awards, Jerwood Painting Fellowships and Jerwood Open Forest. Previously, Shonagh led the Wellcome Trust’s arts funding programme; was General Manager for producers Fuel; and worked in fundraising and participation at Battersea Arts Centre. Before joining the arts sector she spent four years in international supply chain management for a global manufacturer. She was a founding Board member of Situations, an internationally renowned public art producing organisation based in Bristol, and sits on the London Area Council for Arts Council England.


To book a free ticket to this event visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-early-career-artists-a-panel-discussion-tickets-16857902440

For more information about the exhibition visit the Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase exhibition page at www.jerwoodvisualarts.org

Exhibiting artists

Georgie Grace

Kelly Best


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