Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood in April 2018


Jerwood Foundation

Annual Report

The Jerwood Annual Report 2017 is out now. It is available for download on the Jerwood Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Foundation websites.

Our Annual Reports highlight the work of the four organisations within the Jerwood Family; Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. We are united in our commitment to discover, nurture, champion and reward excellence, creativity and individuality in the visual and performing arts in the UK.

The wraparound cover features Jerwood Designer, Frankie Bradshaw's set design for Assata Taught Me by Kalungi Ssebandeke at Gate Theatre in May 2017 with Adjoa Andoh (featured). Photo by Ikin Yum.

And now some Alumni news...

New work by Shani Rhys James (b. 1953) Winner of Jerwood Painting Prize 2003 will be on display in an exhibition at Connaught Brown from 20 April - 26 May 2018. The catalogue will feature an essay by Jo Mazelis who was awarded 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for her debut novel Significance.



Jerwood Gallery

This month there are two upcoming exhibitions alongside the continued displays celebrating 25 years of the Jerwood Collection.

Paul Feiler: One Hundred Years.

Paul Feiler

Janicon XLII, 2001 by Paul Feiler courtesy The Redfern Gallery

In 2018, the Paul Feiler Estate and The Redfern Gallery will be running a year-long centenary celebration of the life and work of Paul Feiler (1918-2013), which will include a major retrospective at Jerwood Gallery; Paul Feiler: One Hundred Years which opens on 21 April.

Feiler was one of the foremost figures of the Modern Art movement emanating from the South West of England, centred in St Ives, fascinated by the achitecture of space and the ambiguities of visual experience.

The British artist's primary inspiration was the meditative landscape and unique light of Cornwall; his lyrical abstract works from the 50s and 60s relate to the natural forms he was surrounded by.

With the positioning of Jerwood Gallery being surrounded by extreme natural forms, it feels like an appropriate position to host this retrospective.

The exhibition runs until 8 July 2018.

Balraj Khanna: The Wall of Small is Great

Balraj Khanna: Great Wall of Small is Beautiful is a first for Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, with virtually all of Khanna’s new, jewel-like paintings will be on display together for the very first time.

Through much of his career, Khanna had developed a reputation for producing large format works – exemplified by the 13 meters by 8 metres (42ft by 26ft) safety curtain he created for the Birmingham Hippodrome in 2001, which is the largest piece of public art in the UK. The Great Wall of Small is Beautiful celebrates the impact that Khanna's small form works has displaying them all at once for the very first time. The exhibition runs from 21 April until 8 July 2018.

Sir Quentin Blake announced as Jerwood Gallery's First Artist Patron.

Sir Quentin Blake has long been regarded as something of a national treasure.

Famous for his unmistakable and inimitable illustrations in books written by hugely popular children’s authors such as Michael Rosen, Roald Dahl and David Walliams, Sir Quentin has also enjoyed an abiding relationship with Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery and has been a high-profile supporter since 2012, when it first opened to the public. Since then he has exhibited four times at, what is effectively, his local art gallery - based as it is, just a short walk from his home in Hasting’s Old Town.

So it is with great pleasure that Jerwood Gallery Director Liz Gilmore announced that Sir Quentin has agreed to become its first artist patron.

For more about this exciting announcement check out this link




Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Jerwood Drawing Prize becomes Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, with a new supporter and new identity following Jerwood Charitable Foundation's final year of support in 2017


Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017. Jeremy Hutchinson. Harmattan (Ford), 2017. Image: Collin Mills

Bath Spa University has announced a new partnership with Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust to deliver the annual Drawing Prize which has been led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, since 1994. The prize will now become known as the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

Last year, following 17 significant and successful years of support, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Bath Spa University announced it would be Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s final year as the key partner and funder for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Jerwood Charitable Foundation primarily supports early-career artists and projects in their early stages and remains committed to supporting drawing as a fundamental element of artistic practice. It is rare and unusual that it has the opportunity to follow a project into its mature life and to do so with the this project has been in an immense privilege. The final exhibition slot of the year in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme will now be occupied by Survey, an artist-nominated national survey exhibition of early-career artists’ practice curated by Sarah Williams, Head of Programme. Details to be announced shortly.

Now named The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, the prize was first established in 1994 by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University; originally as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition and later becoming known as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition until Jerwood Charitable Foundation became its principle sponsor in 2001. Jerwood Charitable Foundation contributed £941,430 to the project, supporting almost 1,000 artists through it and hosting the annual exhibition as part of its Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space in London and on tour nationally.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is now the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK and has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and for promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice. In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their work, the project has developed new insights into the role and value of drawing in creative practice today.

For further information and to enter the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize:





Jerwood Space

Jerwood Space are pleased to announce the appointment of Beatrice Benedek to the role of Business and Events Co-ordinator. Beatrice has a background in theatre, and has also worked in events at The Building Centre in London’s Store Street.

On a sadder note, we’re sorry to be losing Gallery Manager Oliver Fuke to Goldsmith’s new gallery, but enormously proud of the work he has achieved here, and pleased that other organisations have recognised his qualities. He’ll be hugely missed and he leaves Jerwood Space with our thanks and best wishes.