The Jerwood Painting Fellowships is an initiative launched in 2010 and designed to provide crucial time and critical support to promising emerging painters in the early stages of their professional practice. The artists selected (from 400 applicants) are Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and DaleLewis. All three artists are at a critical stage of their professional practice and have been carefully selected by mentors Dan Coombs, Jane Harris and Phoebe Unwin. The Fellowships offer three artists bursaries coupled with a year-long mentoring relationship with an established artist, and an exhibition of new work as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, London and on tour. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide a really well supported moment in each Fellow’s practice, allowing them to explore and develop their work and ideas across the year, benefit from the perspective of both their mentor and peer Fellows, and gain exposure from having a group show in London and on tour. This is the third edition of the Fellowships.
“The three artists demonstrate a determination to pursue their art despite the inevitable obstacles that are thrown in their way. Unaffected by fashion or theoretical ideology they each pursue a personal vision that draws on their immediate experience of the world. We were impressed by the integrity of their work and excited by the sense of their struggle. The Jerwood Painting Fellowship will enable them to pursue the adventure of their work and to continue to develop a unique voice as painters.” Dan Coombs.
Image: Archie Franks. Some of our best efforts