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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 when he was Senior Partner of Taylor &...

    Established in 1977 for John Jerwood MC (1918-1991)  by Alan Grieve CBE when he was Senior Partner of Taylor & Humbert (now Taylor Wessing), 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. 

    Following John Jerwood's death in 1991, Alan Grieve took on the full-time role of Chairman and for the past 29 years has shaped the Jerwood vision, establishing the Jerwood family of philanthropic arts organisations: Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood ArtsJerwood Space and Jerwood Collection.

    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 biographer

    Photo: 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...

    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, Jerwood Foundation, and it continues to grow with new acquisitions and donations under the direction of Lara Wardle.

    Holding just under 300 works, 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, the online home for art from every public collection in the United Kingdom. 

  • Jerwood Arts is the trading name of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, a registered UK Charity which was established in 1999 with...
    Jerwood Arts is the trading name of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, 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.

    The striking 2,600 square foot galleries within Jerwood Space offer the ideal platform for the presentation of newly commissioned work as part of its diverse visual arts programme which tours nationally.

    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...
    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.