Jerwood Arts will close its long-running exhibitions and events programme at the end of the year so it can redirect funding.
For the last 18 years, the organisation has funded three annual exhibitions of work by early-career artists at the Jerwood Space in London that then tour the UK.
To date, the programme has shown works by more than 1,700 artists, curators and writers, commissioned more than 250 new works, and exhibited work in 75 galleries.
Artists supported by the programme have been included in major exhibition and art fairs and include the Array Collective, winners of last year’s Turner Prize.
The closure is part of a “refocused strategy” that Jerwood Arts says will support a greater number of artists and curators.
£1m will be disbursed over three years from 2023 to support early-career artists, curators, galleries and visual arts organisations. It will include 18-month-long residencies for six early-career visual artists.
“The importance of independent funding to support artistic development and freedom of expression feels as urgent as ever,” said Director Lilli Geissendorfer, promising the refocused funding would increase opportunities for artists and curators “at a pivotal moment in their careers”.
A series of events celebrating the 18-year history of the exhibitions and events programme will be held at Jerwood Space towards the end of the year.