Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood in March 2018


Jerwood Foundation

In 2010, Alan Grieve, Chairman Jerwood Foundation was approached by Margaret Hodge MP, then Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and invited to establish and run a pilot bursary scheme providing 42 paid placements in the arts for recent graduates at the start of their careers. The pilot programme funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England (ACE) was designed and managed by the Jerwood Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Foundation under the direction of Kate Danielson. It ran for two years from August 2010 until March 2012.

At the conclusion of the pilot programme in 2012 there were outstanding results. 90% of bursary recipients were employed in the arts at conclusion of the evaluation, compared to 39% of the control group. Of hosts, 90% confirmed they would target less affluent applicants again, 60% extended their placement’s contract and 33% made the new roles permanent, making job creation another major success of the Scheme. In November 2015 the first alumnus of the inaugural edition, Aaron Wright, was announced Artistic Director of Fierce Festival. Aaron’s placement was with Live Art Development Agency in 2010.

Following the successful pilot, the scheme was relaunched as The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries. Designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the combined support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, it ran from June 2015-October 2016.

The third edition of the bursary programme was launched in February 2018.


Jerwood Collection

Woman and Fish II 1957 by Margaret Mellis

© The artist's estate, courtesy the Redfern Gallery.

Jerwood Collection has loaned Woman and Fish II 1957 by Margaret Mellis (1914-2009) to Tate St. Ives as part of  'Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her Writings'. Over eighty works by modern and comtemporary women on display and the exhibition is open until 29 April 2018. 

More information here. 

The exhibition then moves on to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester in May and then The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in October 2018.



Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Top 40: Graduates kick start careers to challenge inequality in UK arts organisations

Forty of the UK’s most talented recent graduates today take up new roles as they join a £1 million bid to end the inequalities of arts recruitment by unpaid internship. The 40 outstanding graduates, all from low income backgrounds, officially start year-long paid placements with arts organisations to kick start their careers in the sector, nurture their leadership talent and help catapult them into senior positions traditionally dominated by graduates from more privileged backgrounds.

They are part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme to promote fairness and opportunity for graduates from low income backgrounds amidst what the Social Mobility Commission calls ‘left-behind Britain’ and publication of Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Equality and Diversity report. The UK’s arts sector has traditionally recruited staff via unpaid internships which penalise graduates from low income backgrounds who cannot afford to work for nothing. Surveys reveal that more than 75% workers hail from middle income backgrounds and almost 90% of staff have had to work for free at some point in their careers.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation Director Lilli Geissendorfer said: “The tradition of unpaid internships has for too long meant that UK arts organisations don’t reflect the diversity of their audiences or artists. The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries are about creating a level playing field and empowering a new generation of graduates from low-income backgrounds to claim the arts for themselves. We know it can work because alumni of the programme are already securing significant roles in leading arts organisations and a majority of organisations are changing their recruitment practices after being involved in the programme.”





Jerwood Gallery


Esther McLaughlin who was appointed last month as the Gallery's new Fundraising Manager.

Having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Camberwell College, Esther dedicated herself to enabling artists and organisations to achieve their goals. A senior arts development professional with over 18 years' experience in the sector with specialist knowledge and experience of the development of strategy across all income streams with a focus on art and cultural projects. Esther has worked with some of the best arts organisations and museums including Tate, the British Museum, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Architectural Association, Crafts Council UK and Belfast International Arts Festival.

 Esther McLaughlin  Fundraising Manager


Yaz Morris who is the Gallery's new Visitor Services Manager.

After completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography & Visual Studies at Edinburgh College of Art, Yaz worked with a Senior Research Fellow from LCC, UAL, in the Digitisation of the Edward Reeves Archive Project as Digital Curator and Exhibition Assistant, before moving to Hastings Pier Charity as Education and Volunteers Coordinator. Yas has worked on arts and heritage projects for ten years; from facilitating photography workshops and artist residencies abroad, to project development and people management. She focuses on developing educational visitor or participant engagement with memorable and positive impact.

Yaz is looking forward to working with the Jerwood Gallery’s accomplished team of ‘behind the scenes’ and front of house staff, and committed volunteers.

Yaz Morris  Visitor Services Manager

A very warm welcome to our new members of staff.


Click on the link for more information about events in March.




Jerwood Space

Edge of Frame 2-4 March 2018

Jerwood Space’s very own Edwin Rostron is curating his festival of animation this month, Edge of Frame, taking place across London at BFI Southbank, Barbican and Close Up starts today. 

The festival is a unique three-day celebration of experimental animation, featuring innovative, visionary and risk-taking work in a packed programme of screenings and discussion. Premieres of new films mix with classics and rarely screened historical work.

Guest-curated programmes from Herb Shellenberger and Alexander Stewart, a retrospective of guest artist Peter Burr and an afternoon of talks illuminating the processes, histories and context of experimental animation, the Weekend presents an expansive insight into this vibrant artform.

The Edge of Frame Weekend 2018 is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Royal College of Art, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

We’re also hosting our next Supper Club here on Thursday 15th March, featuring food prepared by chef (and scientist!) Toral Shah.



Brenda Emmanus, BBC Arts and Entertainment Correspondent and Alan Grieve, Chairman of Jerwood Foundation © Outroslide Photography