Louise Orwin singing into microphone in a dimly lit room

In April, Four Culture worked with Jerwood Arts to announce 24 new Jerwood Bursaries across a range of artistic disciplines for artists who are six to ten years into establishing their professional practice. From music to printmaking, sculpture to dance, poetry to moving-image, the recipients represent a broad range of artistic practice from all over the UK. These bursaries will provide funding to help artists, curators and producers to support their own self-defined development, aiming to create conditions for artistic excellence to thrive.

During the review process, as reported in Arts Professional, the selection panel agreed that many of the applicants had not included an adequate fee for themselves, which considered their time and expertise. Jerwood Arts subsequently asked those 71% of successful artists to increase their fees, in line with industry best practice, and resubmit their budgets. The issue of proper funding for artists is key to Jerwood Arts’ mission. This new round of bursaries gives an insight into the nature of artists’ views on funding, and of their own perspectives of their artistic development and worth.