Jerwood Foundation: Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon, Jerwood Gallery, 2019/20 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Image of Museum of the Moon, Jerwood Gallery at Natural History Museum
- Jerwood Arts: Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellows 2019/20: Yomi Sode, Anthony Joseph, Hafsah Bashir (left to right)
- Jerwood Collection: Sofia Mitsola in her studio, 2019 - featured paintings: Tangle and The Evil Eye
- Jerwood Space: Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) in rehearsal for Life of Pi in Space 2
JERWOOD is a family of philanthropic organisations: Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Arts, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Collection. United in a commitment to support, nurture and reward excellence and dedication in the visual and performing arts in the UK, with a particular focus on early-career artists.
Established in 1977 for John Jerwood MC (1918-1991) by Alan Grieve CBE, at the time Jerwood Foundation's primary mission and purpose was to support young people in their education and well-being, with humanity at the heart of the activities and initiatives. Alan Grieve established the Jerwood family of philanthropic arts organisations: Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Arts, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Collection.
In 2022, Jerwood Foundation became a registered UK Charity and owns Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British art as well as giving wide ranging support to the visual and performing arts in the UK.
In July 2023, Jerwood Foundation announced the intention to merge with Jerwood Arts, to create a single future-facing UK charitable Foundation, relevant for the political, social, and financial climate of the 21st century, ensuring a sustainable future with maximum impact for beneficiaries.
Jerwood - The Foundation and the Founders by Matthew Sturgis, Unicorn Press was commissioned in 2009 to record and celebrate the Foundation's wide-ranging support of the Arts over its first three decades:
It tells the unfolding and compelling story of how John Jerwood's early philanthropic vision was enhanced over three decades, with imaginative direction and energetic application and enterprise by Alan Grieve. Initiatives have been expanded, sights raised and horizons broadened.
- Matthew Sturgis, historian and biographerPhoto: William Gear RA (1915-1997) Winter Landscape, 1955 © the artist's estate
The purpose of the Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British art is to give public access to a privately-owned collection and to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of this period of British art.
In 1993 the first work was bought for the Jerwood Collection by Alan Grieve CBE (Chairman emeritus, Jerwood Foundation) and the collection continues to grow with new acquisitions and donations under the direction of Lara Wardle.
Jerwood Collection holds a significant number of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and prints by British artists such as Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Stanley Spencer RA, Barbara Walker and Rose Wylie RA. The collection is widely accessible through loans to national and international institutions and inclusion on a number of digital platforms. Jerwood Collection is a Founder Partner of Art UK and member of the Gallery Climate Coalition.
Photo: The Art of Collecting /Mayfair Art Weekend, Mall Galleries, 2018 © Tim Hall Photography
Jerwood Charity, known as Jerwood Arts is a registered UK Charity which was established in 1999 with an endowment of £25 million from Jerwood Foundation.
It is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting outstanding UK based artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive; and working collaboratively with organisations across art forms to realise a more sustainable sector.
Through the development of its diverse specialist funding programmes: awards, fellowships, commissions and bursaries, and working in partnership with other funders, Jerwood Arts provides transformative opportunities for early-career individuals working across art forms.
Photo: Installation view, Forest + Found, Jerwood Maker's Open 2019/20, Jerwood Space © Hydar Dewachi
Established by the Jerwood Foundation in 1998, Jerwood Space is now one of the most sought-after rehearsal studios in the UK.
Housed in the converted buildings of a Victorian school in Southwark, this unique venue, known affectionately as ‘The Space’ is committed to providing theatre, musical theatre, opera and dance companies, emerging and established, with outstanding facilities, subsidised whenever possible; and always to promote the creation of the best work of art.