Jerwood Open Forest
Chris Watson, Geyser Recording 2. Courtesy the artist
Adam James. Courtesy the Artist
Semiconductor, Data Projector, various lengths, multi-channel SD, 2013. Courtesy the Artists
Amanda Loomes, Studies for Post Production and Benchmark, 2013. Courtesy the Artist.
Juan delGado, Ringing Forest, Installation View, 2014. Courtesy the Artist.
Jerwood Open Forest
15 January - 23 February 2014
The inaugural Jerwood Open Forest exhibition examined art in the environment and what it has the potential to be in its broadest definition. This unique, multisensory exhibition of new work charted the five selected projects over a six-month period of research and development.
Juan delGado, Adam James, Amanda Loomes, artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) and Chris Watson collaborating with producer Iain Pate, expanded on the concept of their ambitious proposals, engaging with forest sites across England. In doing so the artists produced exciting new bodies of work comprising sculpture, film, audio, and performance.
Since 1968 the Public Forest Estate has been the testing ground for a diverse range of projects across artforms that explore our relationship with the environment. Jerwood Open Forest was the first time that a national open call invited artists working in any discipline to respond to the possibilities presented by these incredible, diverse landscapes. The initiative seeks to contribute to a national conversation about how contemporary visual artists engage with the environment today.
Visitors to the exhibition were immersed in the soundscape of a Raven roost through Chris Watson and Iain Pate’s surround sound installation which explored the raven’s role in storytelling and the idea of the forest as a habitat. Semiconductor blended art and science with a sculptural film installation based on data gathered by charting a canopy of trees through a year. Amanda Loomes showed four films that looked at the life of the forest, the process of forestry itself, the people involved and their labour. Adam James presented a series of performances created through LARP (live action role-play), expanding on an invented social structure developed during his research and development period in Sherwood Pines Forest. Juan delGado reacted to his personal phenomenological experience of the forest with an audio-sensory film installation.
Jerwood Open Forest was a new initiative in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with Forestry Commission England. The exhibition was on display at Jerwood Space, London from 15 January - 23 February 2014.
Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England were delighted to announce that Arts Council England is supporting Jerwood Open Forest. The project initially offered five research bursaries of £2,000, developmental support from the teams at Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England and an exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, in preparation for one project to be selected to receive a major £30,000 commission. Now, with the support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme, an additional commission of £30,000 was also produced and realised through the initiative.
Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) and Chris Watson collaborating with producer Iain Pate were awarded two major commissions totalling £60,000 through the inaugural Jerwood Open Forest initiative. The announcement was made at Jerwood Space, London on 11 February 2014 by selector and artist, Tania Kovats. The selected proposals will be produced and realised within England’s Public Forest Estate, continuing a national conversation about how contemporary visual artists engage with the environment today. Jerwood Open Forest is a new initiative in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme, launched by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England, with additional support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme.
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A catalogue will be available with texts by Richard Mabey and Michaela Crimmin.
For updates throughout the research and development phase visit www.jerwoodopenforest.org
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Chris Watson and Iain Pate
Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)
Amanda Loomes, Jerwood Open Forest 2014, Installation View.
Semiconductor, Jerwood Open Forest 2014, Installation View. Photo: thisistomorrow.info
Chris Watson & Iain Pate, Jerwood Open Forest 2014, Installation View. Photo: thisistomorrow.info
Juan delGado, Jerwood Open Forest 2014, Installation View. Photo: thisistomorrow.info
Adam James, Jerwood Open Forest 2014, Installation View. Photo: thisistomorrow.info