About the Awards
The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a major annual opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice. The open application programme invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which are selected each year, by a panel of experts. The selected artists will each be given a £20,000 award to create the proposed work over a 10-month period. Each recipient will also receive full production support from FVU, as well as access to the extensive moving-image facilities of University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries. Finished works will be exhibited at Jerwood Space, London, before touring nationally.
A distinguishing feature of the Awards is their prominent curatorial theme, which changes each year. Timely, but always future facing, this theme provides a framework that applicants are invited to respond to, lending the project a wider contemporary resonance.
Lawrence Lek, recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017:
"The Jerwood/FVU Awards let me make my most personal and most complex work yet. Last year, I had reached the limits of my way of working, so the Awards enabled me to work with a team of friends, pushing every aspect of sound and vision further. Working with video, it takes a long time to finish things, and sometimes your most important ideas are the hardest to maintain. Geomancer started as a short text about an Daoist AI I wrote in 2013, and without the Awards there's no way I could have seen it through. Even though it's all computer-generated, I feel like I've made something that I can call a film."
Patrick Hough, recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017:
"The Jerwood/FVU awards were a thrilling opportunity to make my wildest ideas a palpable reality. While many funding organisations would run to the hills when faced with a proposal of such epic proportions, the Awards were willing to give me a platform for risk and innovation, declaring that nothing was impossible. Like no other in the UK, they actively encourage emerging artists to be bold, ambitious and push the form of moving image to its very limit - a considerable thing, especially at a time when funding for the arts continues to constrict.
The Awards' high-profile reputation gave me the possibility to approach a team of dazzlingly skilled collaborators from writing, composing, voice acting and cinematography to laser scanning and cutting-edge visual effects as good as any Hollywood blockbuster. In parallel to this, the regular critical feedback and mentoring from Film and Video Umbrella proved absolutely invaluable at keeping my expansive conceptual framework sharply focused.
It was an unforgettable eight months that has indelibly transformed my practice. I now find myself surrounded by a trusted team of collaborators all eager for our next adventure, and a sense possibility for what might be to come."
Ed Atkins, recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2012-13:
"This glimpse of being taken seriously - the professional collaborative possibilities, the budget, the discursive weight, the deadlines - all of this conjured a sense that my work could matter."