Jerwood Foundation


Jerwood Foundation was established by Alan Grieve for John Jerwood in 1977. Following John Jerwood’s death in 1991, the Foundation has flourished under Alan Grieve’s Chairmanship and inspiration. He has created and established the mission of Jerwood; to support, nurture and reward excellence and dedication in the visual and performing arts in the UK.

John Jerwood (1918-1991) & Alan Grieve

John Jerwood started his working life in the family jewellery business in Hatton Garden, London. After serving in the Second World War, in which he won the M.C., he moved to Tokyo, where he married and settled to establish what was to become one of the largest dealerships of cultured pearls in the world. 

The Jerwood Foundation since 1991
Funding of capital projects bearing the Jerwood name

The Jerwood Foundation has made a large number of high profile strategic capital grants reflecting its range of interests in the arts and education. Major grants include those for the Jerwood Theatres at the Royal Court, the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre and Jerwood Vanbrugh Rehearsal Space at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the Jerwood Studio at Glyndebourne. 

The Jerwood Foundation has endowed the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and also established the Jerwood Gallery and Jerwood Space.

"Jerwood's vision, to support exceptional talent within the arts, combined with their strategic and imaginative attitude towards funding and their commitment to making a difference to artists and creatives, makes them a very important part of a diverse funding landscape, and an ideal partner for the Arts Council.  It has been a real pleasure to work with them during my time here."

Sir Peter Bazalgette.

Chair, Arts Council England (2013-2017)

Governance and Board Structures

The Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Gallery operate through separate board structures but with some mutual directors to ensure continuity and consistency of the values, mission and ethos of the Foundation. All activities are in the name of Jerwood as a family identity.

Since 1991 the Jerwood Foundation, together with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, has channelled over £99 million towards capital, revenue and endowment projects.

Click here to find out more about the Jerwood Collection.

Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art

Jerwood Collection was created by Alan Grieve in 1993 to give public access to a privately owned collection and enhance the understanding and enjoyment of 20th and 21st century British art. It comprises just under 300 works and continues to grow with new acquisitions and donations under the direction of Lara Wardle.



John Jerwood
Alan Grieve CBE Photo:Pal Hansen