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Jerwood in August 2018


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Tim Eyles announced as new Chair of the RSA.

Photo: Hydar Dewachi

We were delighted to hear that Tim Eyles has been appointed the new Chair of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He will be officially confirmed in the role in October. He said 'I am honoured and excited to be joining the RSA as Chair at such a fascinating time. The Society play a vital role in generating creative new ideas to give people the tools to make dynamic, progressive change in the world.'

Tim has been Chairman of Jerwood Charitable Foundation since its establishment by Jerwood Foundation in 1999, and Board Member of Jerwood Space since it opened in 1998 and will continue to hold both these positions alongside his new role. He is also the Chair of the Theatres Trust and has been Managing Partner at international law firm Taylor Wessing since 2009.

Congratulations to Tim from all the Jerwood Family.

The Wider Earth at Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum


Photo: Dead Puppet Society

We are excited to tell you that the European premiere of award-winning Darwin drama The Wider Earth is to be staged in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum. Following sold-out seasons in Brisbane and Sydney, The Wider Earth will find the perfect home at the 357- seat traditional performance theatre which will be created in the gallery, which was restored with a generous grant from Jerwood Foundation in 1999 to create a stunning venue for arts and science exhibitions and activities.

The Museum is custodian to many of the specimens Charles Darwin collected on his expeditions and its 350 scientists continue in his footsteps of exploration and discovery, seeking solutions to the major issues facing the natural world. This will be the first time a performance-based theatre has been constructed in the Museum and adds an exciting new element to the wide-range of exhibitions and events which already attract over 4.5 million visitors every year.

The production features a cast of seven and over 30 extraordinary hand-made puppets representing the exotic wildlife Darwin encountered on his daring five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle. Written by Dead Puppet Society's Creative Director David Morton the idea for The Wider Earth was conceived at a residency in Cape Town in 2013 with the Handspring Puppet Company - the creative team behind War Horse.

Tickets are available now:



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Photo: Mark Heathcote (c) Pallant House Gallery

Woman and Fish II, 1957 by Margaret Mellis (1914-2009) is currently featured as part of Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings at Pallant House Gallery (

The exhibition, which was previously displayed at Tate St. Ives, explores the enduring relevance of Woolf’s work to a generation of women, particularly her views on feminism and creativity, which remain relevant to this day. This theme is explored through the practise of woman artists working in photography, painting, sculpture and film.

Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings is on show at Pallant House Gallery until September 16. It will then be at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, from October 2 until December 9, 2018.




Jerwood Space

We have had fresh new photos taken of our rehearsal and meeting rooms by photographer Joe Opokua (ex GB staff!) to bring them up to date.
The Glasshouse and Garden continue to bloom thanks to the GB staff, and the seasonal salads on offer are going down a treat. Throughout August we have a 25% off meeting room hire:



Jerwood Gallery

Mark Wallinger,Photo: (C) PeteJones

Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger unveiled a series of playful, thought-provoking and previously unseen works in Mark Wallinger: The Human Figure in Space, last weekend. The show is inspired by the seaside setting of the gallery and 19th-century photographer, Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering work, The Human Figure in Motion. All works are being shown for the first time in the UK and Birdman - created specifically for the show - is befitting for the seaside location of Jerwood Gallery. The piece features cropped details taken from images of contestants at the International Birdman competition, which takes place on the Sussex coast.

With well over 1100 visitors in the first week, the exhibition has been incredibly well received by both visitors and the press - appointed both ‘Exhibition of the Week’ in The Guardian and also ‘Critic’s Choice’ in the FT.

'The isolation of the human form in space is the focus of Wallinger's metaphysical wit in this focused exhibition' The Guardian

The main installation in the Foreshore Gallery sees three miles of kite line strung tightly strung and arranged as a space-defining graph. The mirrored fourth wall places visitors' reflections in another space, looking back like a wide-eyed camera obscura, placing the spectator directly into the works. As Muybridge's 19th century study of movement once held people suspended in time, Wallinger now replaces time with space returning us to the gallery and encourages to play and explore “I hope people would enjoy making a bit of a spectacle of themselves” – Mark Wallinger, Artist.

An incredibly exciting and engaging undertaking for the entire team here at the gallery, “Mark Wallinger brings a very new dimension to our exhibitions programme with this unique exhibition calling on the participation of our visitors, which we hope will challenge, surprise and delight. It is really exciting to welcome Mark back to Hastings, of which he has many fond childhood memories. The playful spirit of the show fits so well in the spirit of Hastings”. —Liz Gilmore, Gallery Director

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Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow wins 2017 Geoffrey Dearmer Poetry Prize

Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow Raymond Antrobus. Photo: Lee Townsend

Raymond Antrobus, has won the 2017 Geoffrey Dearmer prize with the poem Sound Machine. The Prize, which is awarded annually to a poem by a poet who hadn’t, at the time their work appeared, published a full collection, was judged this year by poet Ocean Vuong.

The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, established in 1998 in memory of The Poetry Society’s oldest member, celebrates its 40th year in 2018. It has an enviable record of rewarding poets who have subsequently become leading figures in contemporary poetry and have gone on to publish prize-winning collections. Winners include Paul Farley, twice winner of the Forward Prize twice, and winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Whitbread Poetry Award; Kim Moore, winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Poetry 2016; and Kayo Chingonyi, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018.

Raymond Antrobus is a Hackney-born British Jamaican poet, educator, editor and curator of the Chill Pill event series. His pamphlet, To Sweeten Bitter (2017), is published by Out-Spoken Press and his forthcoming debut, The Perseverance (2018) will be published by Penned in the Margins in October. He is a Complete Works III fellow and one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Other Jerwood Stories

Roger Hiorns' spectacular 2008 Jerwood/Artangel Open commission Seizure, an empty council flat transformed into a sparkling blue environment by tonnes of copper sulphate crystals, earned him a nomination for the 2009 Turner Prize. The work was ambitiously moved to Yorkshire Sculpture Park after the flats in Southwark were demolished.

The installation is now on view at the park after being prepared for display by the Arts Council Collection and opened for the school summer holidays.


Photo: Marcus Leith


Jerwood Collection work included in 'Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings' at Pallant House Gallery © Photograph Mark Heathcote