At Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
Image: Ibrahim El-Salahi, The Tree, 2001 © Vigo Gallery and the artist. Courtesy Vigo Gallery and the artist
Limelight: Ibrahim El-Salahi- Haraza can be seen at Jerwood Gallery until 31st May. This one-room display of works by Ibrahim El-Salahi (the first since his major exhibition at Tate Modern in 2013) reflects his fascination with the Haraza tree, native to Sudan, which has peculiar and inspirational characteristics. More information here.
A Scottish Selection: Paintings from the Fleming Collection continues in the Foreshore gallery until 12th July. The exhibition showcases the works of nine artists from the Fleming Collection including; Craigie Aitchison, Anne Redpath, John Bellany, William George Gillies and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, displayed alongside key works by Scottish artists from the Jerwood Collection. The Fleming Collection is widely regarded as the finest collection of Scottish art in private hands and the exhibition invites an unprecedented conversation between these two important collections. Writing in the FT (18 April) Jackie Wullschlager commented “What is distinctive about Scottish art? Colour? Strength and individuality of purpose? Landscape? A modernist impulse looking to Paris not London? The question has been endlessly teased out but never answered, and every show of distinguished Scottish painting reignites it”. Further information about the show here.
Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Art Happens supported exhibition at Jerwood Gallery In the Realm of the Unmentionable was one of 5 shortlisted for the best temporary or touring exhibition of 2014 at the Museums + Heritage awards. A full list of winners can be found here.
In Focus: Edward Burra-A Rye View continues until 7 June ‘Burra’s Family home was near the East Sussex coast and he often visited Rye and Hastings. His watercolours of them are united here- a perfect setting’ The Sunday Times. More info here.
Jerwood Gallery’s Assistant Curator Victoria Howarth has written a blog about the planning and inspiration behind A Scottish Selection: Paintings from the Fleming Collection. Read the blog here.
Jerwood Visual Arts, London & National
Georgie Grace, the machine is almost pure magic (still detail: Emshwiller's space mistake), 2015, Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase. Courtesy the artist.
Jerwood Visual Arts is a contemporary gallery programme of exhibitions, awards and events at Jerwood Space and on tour. It is a major initiative of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and was launched in 2006.
Jerwood Encounters: 3 -Phase opens at Jerwood Space, London on 13 May. This artist development initiative is a collaboration between two artist-led organisations, Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and g39 (Cardiff), and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It offers two early career artists the opportunity to make new work which will be exhibited through five new exhibitions. Kelly Best makes work that is rooted in drawing and deals with sculptural concerns; thinking past the constraints of the edge of the paper and drawing directly onto the wall and floor. Georgie Grace’s work sits somewhere between the categories of still and moving image. She manipulates the delivery of words and visual information, exploring the structuring of information, and is interested in the slippery qualities of live reading experiences, especially when presented on the shifting surface of a screen. More information http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/3096/Jerwood-Encounters-3-Phase/451
Alice May Williams, An Unreliable Witness is a new commission for the Project Space at Jerwood Space, and can be seen there from 11 May. It is the first stage in an on-going project exploring alternative and undocumented oral histories belonging to women. Read more http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/3505/Project-Space-Alice-May-Williams/463.
Susan Sluglett was a Jerwood Painting Fellow in 2013 and has recently opened A Conversation with the Borough Group at Borough Road Gallery following a three month residency there. The exhibition continues until 4th July. More here. She will also appear in a group show, Bridge, with Amanda Loomes (Jerwood Open Forest) at The Cello Factory, 28 April - 9 May.
Registration for the Jerwood Drawing Prize is now open. The selection panel are Dexter Dalwood, artist, Salima Hashmi, artist, curator and writer and John-Paul Stonard, art historian. The exhibition will open at Jerwood Space in September. Further info : www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/jerwood-drawing-prize-2015-call-for-entries-2
An article introducing the three recipients of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships 2016, Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis has been published on the Culture 24 website here.
Projects supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation
The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is a talent development initiative creating work and training opportunities for 40 outstanding new graduates in 40 arts organisations across the UK. It will identify gifted recent graduates who would otherwise not be in a financial position to work for free in order to get a foot on the competitive arts career ladder. The first 11 national roles are already being advertised. Details of the hosts can be found here.
Into the Darkness is the first play directed by Gareth Nicholls, Main Stage Director in Residence at Citizens Theatre Glasgow. It runs from 18-30 May.
‘From then on I understood theatre was collaborative’ Jerwood New Playwright (The Westbridge and Routes) Rachel De-Iahay is interviewed on the Actors & Perfomers website https://www.actorsandperformers.com.
A View from the Bridge (Young Vic) won Best Actor (Mark Strong), Best Revival and Best Director (Ivo van Hove) at the Olivier Awards. Jeff James was the Jerwood Assistant Director on the production.
Ivan Blackstock received a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2014 for A Harlem Dream. His BirdGang Dance Company will become a Young Vic Associate Company, alongside Belarus Free Theatre and 1927.
The Jerwood New Playwrights programme supported Molly Davies’ 2014 play God Bless the Child. She has recently been announced as the first female recipient of the Pinter Commission which will allow her to write another play for the Royal Court.
Ruth Wilson has been nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Constellations on Broadway. The play, by Nick Payne, was originally supported by the Jerwood New Playwrights programme at the Royal Court Theatre and is on tour nationally with a new cast 14 May- 4 July, details here.