The forests are open for ideas: The second edition of major commissioning initiative Jerwood Open Forest

Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England announce the second edition of Jerwood Open Forest, an exceptional opportunity for visual artists to propose ideas for a major new £30,000 commission to be realised anywhere within England’s Public Forest Estate, supported by Arts Council England.

There is no brief. This is a call for bold, broad-thinking proposals that explore the potential of forests as sites for art, both in and about the environment. Proposals can be for work in any discipline or medium, temporary or permanent, site-specific or for touring to more than one location.

Submission is by online application and artists must be resident in the UK and within 15 years of graduating from their undergraduate degree or starting their career as an artist.

Artists are asked to submit a proposal outlining their idea, a CV, images of current work and an entry fee of £10.

Jerwood Open Forest

Closing date for entries: 5pm Monday 1 February 2016.

For more details go to, and on Twitter, explore @JerwoodJVA @ForestArtWorks #JOF


(from a press release)