2022 was a year of profound and wide global change. Most poignantly we moved from the Elizabethan to the Carolean era on the sad death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Geo-political events, war and economic uncertainties prevailed. The Covid pandemic with its variances continued to spread, mutate, and disrupt. Financial markets were stressed with capital losses and reduced dividends for shareholders.
Reorganisation of Jerwood Foundation
All importantly during the year we reorganised Jerwood Foundation. We established a new Jerwood Foundation in the United Kingdom which was registered as UK charity early in the year. Four new trustees have been appointed: Alan Grieve, Lara Wardle, Philippa Campbell and Tara Mayhew, all resident in the UK with wide experience in the art world.
Major Benefaction Received
Following an article and feature in the Financial Times on philanthropy and my 30 years as Chairman, we received a major gift of £5 million from an anonymous benefactor with a request that we continue to benefit the arts and education as we have since 1991.
With this generous benefaction of £5 million, together with Jerwood Foundation's assets, now held in the UK, we were able to embark immediately on grant giving during the year, although on a reduced scale. We would expect our capital to be fully managed and invested in the near future and we will then in a position to budget for continuing benefactions at scale.
Royal College of Physicians
We thought it appropriate to embark on grants which would reflect the sacrifices and work of those engaged in confronting the pandemic. To this end we supported Selfless, an exhibition of photographs by Jessica Van der Weert documenting the lives of health and care staff at the height of Covid.
In further commemoration of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the medical profession to confront Covid we made a significant grant towards a memorial sculpture, Shield Totem by the sculptor Nicholas Dimbleby, now displayed in the medicinal gardens in the Royal College of Physicians in London.
Hastings Art Gallery Building
We have now agreed a gift by Jerwood Foundation to Hastings Borough Council of the gallery building in Hastings for the benefit and wellbeing of the inhabitants of Hastings and visitors to the town. This preserves the award-winning building with its primary use as an art gallery and its future in the safe hands of Hastings Borough Council.
Also, in the course of the year we gave a small grant to Oxford Lieder. Outside of our direct arts funding we were able to support charities including Salvation Army, Teenage Cancer Trust and Box4Kids through the use of our box at the Royal Albert Hall.
Subject to world uncertainties and circumstances beyond our control we hope that our invested capital will stabilise during 2023 and we will be able to budget our expenditures and benefactions on a more secure and continuing development basis.
I pay tribute to the boards, and the management and staff of Jerwood Charity (Jerwood Arts) and Jerwood Space for their unstinting endeavours and entrepreneurship to overcome the unrelenting challenges of the year under review together with the energies, imaginations, and resourcefulness which they have demonstrated and achieved. I also express appreciation for the contributions of our fund managers who have maintained our capital losses at levels a great deal better than many other global investors.
We therefore go forward with confidence as well as caution and will continue the pattern of our philanthropy in the arts, education, and culture to enhance the heritage of the United Kingdom.
Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman emeritus
Natural History Museum
At the time of writing, world leaders have come together in Sharm El-Sheikh for Cop27 and the need for action to save our planet has become more urgent. The Trustees felt it was the right moment to renew and revitalise our relationship with the Natural History Museum and agree an annual grant to support their contemporary arts programme in the Jerwood Gallery at the Museum. The programme forms an important part of the Museum’s overall mission by engaging audiences with unique dialogues concerning our relationship with the planet’s wellbeing.
Jerwood Foundation renewed a second year of support for London-based Scherzo Ensemble, a collective of 60 early career performers. The grant was directed to the principals and chorus fees, which had a direct impact in support of the careers of young performers
‘Scherzo is such a young organisation, we have no reserves to fall back on, so setting out to mount a season of performances can be very intimidating. Having Jerwood's backing early on gave us the confidence we needed to advertise our season publicly, take applications from far and wide, hear auditions, and appoint some excellent singers who we thought would benefit from the course. This is really the whole point of the enterprise and wouldn't have been nearly as successful without Jerwood's backing’ - Matthew O'Keeffe, Artistic Director
An annual grant has also been given to Trinity Laban to enable Raphael Wallfisch’s role as the Jerwood International Chair of Violoncello and Chamber Music for three years and alongside Trinity Laban String Ensemble: Jerwood Concerts and Tour over two years.
Our major year-long residency at Harley Gallery culminated in A Voyage of Discovery: Journeys with Jerwood, which was selected by students from Sparken Hill Academy and Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School in Worksop, and Shirebrook Academy in Mansfield. The students, aged between 5 and 16, worked with independent curator, Selina Skipwith, to make their selections from Jerwood Collection and create an exhibition from start to finish.
‘This was an unprecedented opportunity for our students to help curate an entire art exhibition using valuable pieces of work from successful and respected British artists. It was a wonderful project to be involved in’ – Nick Freer, Head of Art, Shirebrook Academy
During 2022 over 200,000 visitors attended national and international exhibitions that included Jerwood Collection works: including Barbican’s survey of Postwar Modern; Pallant House Gallery’s major retrospective of Glyn Philpot RA (1884-1937) and Towner Gallery’s fascinating exploration into Lucy Wertheim’s Life in Art. We were also pleased to loan three works to Museum Belvédère in the Netherlands Living the landscape – Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and the artists of St. Ives 1939-1975, curated by Feico Hoekstra.
The Jerwood Collection shop on ArtUK was launched during the year. After the Harley Gallery residency finished, we completed a full condition check and audit of the collection. We are committed to becoming an active member of Gallery Climate Coalition and are working with our storage provider to reuse transit cases and packing material as well as moving works within consolidated shipments when possible.
New acquisitions have continued to be added to the Collection, which have expanded and enriched our holding within our field of 20th and 21st century art. We look forward to announcing a new partner for the Collection in 2023.
Lara Wardle, Executive Director
We look back on a year of exciting new beginnings and endings within Jerwood Arts (Jerwood Charity).
From 2023, all our exhibitions will be delivered with galleries, museums and visual arts organisations across the UK, so our funding will reach more exceptional early-career artists. This follows our announcement in April that this would be the last year of running an exhibitions and events programme at Jerwood Space in London. Over the last 18 years under three Directors there have been 1700 artists, 250 new works, 118 exhibitions and projects, and 75 touring partners.
This year, we opened three major new exhibitions beginning with five new commissions for Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open which toured to Newlyn Art Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery. Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022 premiered two new commissions by Soojin Chang and Michael., which went on to Leeds Art Gallery. In the autumn we presented new work by Joanne Coates and Heather Agyepong for the fourth Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. We commissioned four new Jerwood Staging Series events, and Survey II continued to impress audiences at Site Gallery in Sheffield.
The Jerwood Developing Artists Fund offered 15 arts organisations a way to support artist development programmes, carving out critical time and space for their most promising early career artists. Opportunities for artists to apply have already begun, including Outburst Arts’ TONGUE + HEART programme for queer performance artists in Northern Ireland and New Diorama’s radical Intervention 01.Poets Romalyn Ante, Dzifa Benson and Jamie Hale, the third edition of Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships Fellows, celebrated their achievements at two special events in September. We were delighted that 2019/20 Fellows Yomi Ṣode and Anthony Joseph were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Anthony was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize.
The shadow of the pandemic still hung over productions as we began 2022, evidenced by a more cautious approach to rehearsal room etiquette in the shows we took at the start of the year.
Mask-wearing and regular covid tests, whilst not mandatory, were still encouraged by most of the companies. Symptomatic testing kicked in after 1st April when it became financially unviable for the organisations working on more modest budgets to purchase test kits for everyone involved in the production and gradually covid inhibitions began to dispel.
Workshops and re-staged rehearsals for shows cancelled or postponed over the last two years seemed a recurring motif throughout the year as the sector struggled back to a semblance of stability. The Yard’s An Unfinished Man by Garen Abel Ubokan, directed by Taio Lawson, and Bartlett Sher’s version of To Kill A Mockingbird, with a script by Aaron Sorkin, were both slated to have opened in previous years. Oklahoma, rebooted by Daniel Fish and Jordan Fein, and staged at the Young Vic, was another show which took several years to cross the Atlantic.
As shows returned sporadically, theatre availability changed rapidly with postponed productions pushed around in the running order to accommodate short term star-driven vehicles or crowd pleasing revivals as a way to fill auditoria, particularly with the paucity of tourists and a work from home ethic still strongly in practice.
Of those that rehearsed here, several became some of the most successful shows in the year. Ian Rickson’s Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth returned for a short spell, with Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook reprising their roles to great acclaim. Prima Facie, written by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin, rightly garnered all the plaudits for Jodie Comer’s performance and broke box office records for a theatre film running in the cinema in the UK. Mike Bartlett’s Cock, directed by Marianne Elliott, similarly had a high profile short run, as did Jeremy Herrin’s production of The Glass Menagerie, with Amy Adams. Long running productions remained in place for the most part during 2022, and we hosted recasts for (amongst others) Harry Potter, Cabaret, Lion King and Frozen.
Image Credits: Professor Sir Christopher Whitty, chief medical officer for England, at the unveiling of the COVID-19 memorial sculpture. 'Shield Totem' by Nicholas Dimbleby, photo courtesy Royal College of Physicains. Selfless Exhibition, Anthony Gravell picture by Jessica van der Weert. Selfless exhibition at Royal College of Physicans, photo courtesy of Royal College of Physicians. Hastings Contemporary. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu. Oxford Lieder, Marie-Laure Garnier, in her performance with Célia Oneto Bensaid and Quatuor Hanson: La bonne Chanson, credit: Ian Wallman. Oxford Lieder, Choir of the Queen's College, credit: Robert Piwko.
Jerwood Foundation Images Credits: 2022 Longhope Summer Opera. Photo Credit: Tom Lovatt. Photo: James Bellorini. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Video still from The Substitute, 2019, paired video installation (projections), 6 min 18 secs. © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. Courtesy the artist. Visualisation/animation by The Mil. nstallation view of Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s ‘The Substitute’ at Esch, Luxembourg, 2022. Photo: Franz Wamhof. Trinity Laban String Ensemble, credit John Hunter.
Jerwood Collection Image Credits: Barbican, Post War Modern © Max Colson, courtesy Barbican Centre. Pallant House Gallery, Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit. Image credit © Pallant House Gallery/Barney Hindle. Installation view of Barbara Walker: Vanishing Point at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, 2021. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography. Harley Gallery, A Voyage of Discovery. Photo courtesy of The Harley Gallery, copyright Alex Wilkinson Media. Towner Eastbourne, Eileen Mayo A Natural History. Image © Rob Harris, courtesy of Towner Art Gallery. Towner Eastbourne installation view, A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim, Patron, Collector, Gallerist. Photo by Rob Harris. Pallant House Gallery, Sussex Landscape © Pallant House Gallery/Barney Hindle.
Jerwood Arts Image Credits: Figs in Wigs credit: Astrology Bingo by Figs in Wigs, photograph by Rosie Collins. The selected artists for Another Route Fellowship 2022, image courtesy of Another Route.
Jerwood Space Image Credits: Tony Gardner (Superintendent), Jordan Metcalfe (Daisy) and Ruby Thomas (Fi Phelan) in rehearsals for Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Photo Helen Murray. The Glass Menagerie rehearsal Credit: Johan Persson. Frozen cast Photo by Marc Brenner © Disney. Prima Facie Rehersal Helen Murray Jodie Comer.