3-Phase is an exhibition and development opportunity for three artists who are within 10 years of establishing their practice to make and exhibit new work with curatorial and practical support from three organisations; Jerwood Charitable Foundation, London; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; and WORKPLACE, Gateshead. The partnership between these organisations highlights the benefits of artists and organisations working together as part of a national dialogue.

Each artist will present work as it develops through three exhibition moments. These will take the form of a group exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts, London, and at WORKPLACE, and a solo show for each artist in Eastside Projects’ Second Gallery space.


Each artist will receive:

  • A group exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts, London in November 2017.
  • A group exhibition at WORKPLACE, Gateshead in April 2018.
  • A solo exhibition at Eastside Projects, Birmingham between September and December 2018.
  • A fee of £3000 and additional budget for exhibition production and travel costs.
  • Mentoring and practical support from Jerwood Visual Arts, Eastside Projects and WORKPLACE.
  • A writer will be commissioned to write about each artist’s work.
  • A public programme of events will run alongside the exhibitions.


  • Artists making work in any media.
  • Artists should be within 10 years of graduating or establishing their practice.
  • This opportunity is open to artists who are resident in the UK. We will aim to select one artist from the Midlands, one from the North, and one from across the UK, responding to the remits of the three participating organisations and allowing for a broad peer group to form and circulate.
  • Selected artists will be in the process of establishing their careers, and will not have commercial gallery representation or have presented a major solo show in the UK.
  • We are looking for those who will benefit the most from the exhibition opportunities, developmental support and dialogue on offer.



We are looking for ambition, compelling ideas and a commitment to developing an outstanding art practice.

You are invited to propose how, through this opportunity, you might achieve what has previously been just out of reach; how the project will enable you to crystallise your current research, focus your practice and develop your work and career. Proposals should identify what would make the difference for you at this point and how the opportunity will enable a breakthrough in your practice. The exhibitions should be seen as an opportunity to test out ideas and bring into reality the next stage of your development.

Artists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • The quality and potential of artists’ work
  • The development impact that the opportunity will have on an artist’s practice

Initially, Eastside Projects will review applications from the Midlands, WORKPLACE will review applications from the North and Jerwood Visual Arts will review applications from the rest of the UK. The whole panel will review a longlist of artists compiled during this initial reviewing process during the selection.

Following the online selection, shortlisted artists will be invited to an interview.


There is no application fee.


Please apply using the online portal:

Portal Questions

  • Introduce yourself and your practice and tell us when your practice started.
  • Outline how you propose to use this opportunity including ideas and starting points for the new work you would like to develop, and your approach to making work across three exhibition moments and working with three organisations.
  • Tell us what informs your practice, how this project may enable you to develop your current practice and support your personal and/or professional development.
  • Attach your CV (max one page A4)
  • Include up to 6 images and/or up to three web links to examples of your work as sound files or video links. If a video or sound link is password protected, please use the password 3PHASE. Please note we will not review artists’ general websites as part of this application process, and we will not commit to viewing footage/audio of more than 5 minutes per application.


Gavin Wade

Director Eastside Projects

Paul Moss

Co-Director, WORKPLACE

Sarah Williams

Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts

Kelly Best

Artist and 3-Phase 2015 artist

We will inform you of the outcome of your application by 15 June 2017. If successful you will be asked to come to an interview with the panel at Eastside Projects, Birmingham on Wednesday 21 June.  We will be able to offer a contribution towards travel costs up to a pre-agreed amount. A maximum of nine artists will be shortlisted for interview. We regret we will not be able to offer detailed feedback on applications.  Successful artists will be informed by 25 June.


8 May 2017, 5pmClosing date for applications
15 June 2017Artists notified of interview
Wednesday 21 June 2017Artist interviews at Eastside Projects, Birmingham
25 June 2017Successful artists notified
July 2017Artists Announced


Artists will be expected to be committed to the project from July 2017 to December 2018 as follows:


July 2017 – November 2018Development time, with curatorial support and mentoring led by Jerwood Visual Arts
November – December 2017Group exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts, London
January – April 2018Development time, with curatorial support and mentoring led by WORKPLACE
April 2018Group exhibition at WORKPLACE, Gateshead
May – September 2018Development time, with curatorial support and mentoring led by Eastside Projects
September – December 2018Solo exhibitions at Eastside Projects, Birmingham
January to March 2019Evaluation of the project

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