Jerwood Contemporary Makers panel named

Textile designer Rebecca Earley is to chair the selection panel for Jerwood Contemporary Makers, and will be joined by furniture and product designer Tomoko Azumi and Andy Horn, curator from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition, which will be held at the Jerwood Space, London SE1, from 10 June to 19 July, will explore the theme of ‘impact’.

Earley is a fashion textile designer who has exhibited and sold her work worldwide through her B Earley label.

Azumi is a tutor of design products at the Royal College of Art and her work is held in many public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum’s.

Jerwood Contemporary Makers is a three-year series of exhibitions launched this year, in a which each year a group of makers from across the creative disciplines is invited to respond to a different exhibition theme, with each one being awarded an equal share of £30 000 to take part.

Artists featured in the 2008 Jerwood Contemporary Makers, which had the theme of ‘touch’, included letter-cutter Gary Breeze and ceramics artist Clare Twomey.

Roanne Dodds, director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, says, ‘When we launched Jerwood Contemporary Makers, the aim was to create three contrasting exhibitions that highlighted the dynamic breadth of work produced in contemporary craft.

‘I am thrilled to welcome such an exciting panel of selectors for the second exhibition in the series and I am sure their exhibition will be as challenging and thought-provoking as the last.’

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