Jerwood Survey is a major biennial touring exhibition that presents new commissions by 10 early-career artists from across the UK, providing a distinctive snapshot of current concerns and approaches in the visual arts. Established in 2018, it responds to a vital need for artists who are still early in their careers to benefit from a supported opportunity to make new work for a group touring exhibition. Jerwood Survey spans a wide breadth of disciplines and takes a non-institutional approach by inviting leading artists to nominate the most outstanding early-career artists making work today.
Jerwood Survey III is led by Southwark Park Galleries, touring nationally in collaboration with Collective, g39 and Site Gallery, and supported by Jerwood Arts. The final selection was chosen by a panel representative of all the partners plus Jerwood Survey II artist Tako Taal. The Jerwood Survey III artists are:
Che Applewhaite (nominated by Sin Wai Kin), Aqsa Arif (nominated by Alberta Whittle), MV Brown (nominated by Hanna Tuulikki), Philippa Brown (nominated by Davida Hewlett), Alliyah Enyo (nominated by Hanna Tuulikki), Sam Keelan (nominated by Lindsey Mendick), Paul Nataraj (nominated by Nicola Singh), Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh (nominated by Locky Morris), Ebun Sodipo (nominated by Evan Ifekoya & Sin Wai Kin) and Kandace Siobhan Walker (nominated by gentle/radical).
g39, Cardiff 13 July – 7 September 2024
Site Gallery, Sheffield 27 September 2024 – 26 January 2025
Collective, Edinburgh 28 February – 4 May 2025
An exhibition catalogue with 10 new writing commissions will be available to purchase from Spring 2024.
London based Che Applewhaite is an artist, filmmaker and writer who facilitates critical engagement with ongoing histories borne of territory, ideology, and documentary. His work has been exhibited internationally at film festivals, museums, galleries, and sites of study, recently selected for the Aesthetica Film Festival 2023.
Aqsa Arif is an interdisciplinary artist working across film, installation and poetry in which she explores identity disruption, migration and the process of healing through archetypal narratives. As a Pakistani refugee to Scotland, now based in Glasgow, she experienced life with the split of two cultural identities, a polarity underpinning her work.
Rooted in performance, Glasgow based MV Brown’s practice uses the human body and new technologies to explore tensions across embodied subjectivity, the body as spectacle and socio-techno constructs of gender and sexuality. Drawing on cyberfeminist, glitch-feminist and transhumanist approaches; they investigate avatars, prototypes, ‘false-self’hoods and the fallacy of the ‘IRL’.
Philippa Brown lives in Cardiff and is a multidisciplinary artist looking through portals and hovering between enlightenment, fantasy and bogus wisdom. She makes sculptural forms, installations and paintings as a means to explore the ambiguous, magical and sometimes fragile interconnectedness between histories, materials, beliefs and bodies of all kinds.
Glasgow artist Alliyah Enyo’s interdisciplinary practice gravitates towards embodied and meditative processes. She harnesses song, somatics and sculpture to create ‘sonorous myth’ installations and performances. The bedrock of her research investigates myths, folkloric tales or science fiction stories concerning queer ecological perspectives and histories.
Sam Keelan, based in London, uses his work to tell gay surreal narratives, primarily executed through photography, moving image and writing. Taking ideas around individualism, care and community from the collective consciousness, he creates queer doppelgängers of dominant middle class ideologies, often reinserted back into domestic spaces.
Paul Nataraj is a sound artist, researcher and educator, from Blackburn, Lancashire. His research and sound art practice explores the South Asian diaspora, sound, memory and sonic materiality, currently working as a Research Associate on ‘Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination (MMPI)’ project at Loughborough University.
Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh is an artist, researcher and Gaeilgeoir from Derry, living and working sporadically with chronic illness as a legacy of post colonialism. His mixed media practice explores complexities inherent within post-conflict experience and the embodiment of personal loss with the legacy of political violence and lived experience.
Ebun Sodipo, based in London, makes multidisciplinary work for black trans people of the future. Guided by black feminist study, with a methodology of collage and fabulation, her work locates and produces real and imaginable narratives of black trans women’s presence, embodiment, and interiority across the past, present and future.
Kandace Siobhan Walker is a writer and artist of Jamaican-Canadian, Saltwater Geechee and Welsh heritage, living in London. Her practice explores the intersections of personal history with wider social movements and systems. Dreams, displacement, belonging, care, community, spirituality and justice are recurring themes in her work.
Please download the full press release here (welsh translation here).