Jerwood Foundation confirms the merger with Jerwood Charity (Jerwood Arts) will take effect from 1 January 2024

Jerwood Foundation, which has been supporting the arts since 1977 has completed the formalities of merging Jerwood Charity into the Foundation, now sets out funding plans.

Up to £2 million of grants will be awarded each year. Arts organisations of all kinds will be able to apply for funding, with the first round of grants being awarded in April 2024 (closing date 1 March 2024). The application process has been streamlined. In keeping with John Jerwood’s original philanthropic vision, the charity will support excellence and emerging talent in the arts and crafts in the UK.

Current projects funded by Jerwood include the Glyndebourne Jerwood Pit Perfect scheme, supporting recently graduated orchestral instrumentalists and the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 5 opening in 2025 at Somerset House, as well as the Jerwood Assistant Director Scheme at the Young Vic and Persona Arts for their production of The Flying Dutchman in Birmingham.

Jerwood also owns and manages the Jerwood Collection of modern and contemporary art, with works from the Collection now showing in Dream and Refuge at Arnolfini in Bristol in collaboration with UWE Bristol’s MA Curating Programme.

Rupert Tyler has been appointed Chairman of the merged Jerwood boards, bringing a wealth of experience from his former role as the Chairman of Jerwood Charity. Lara Wardle, Executive Director, Jerwood Foundation, leads the organisation and management. Alan Grieve CBE, who has been Chairman of Jerwood Foundation during the last 30 years, remains a Trustee of Jerwood Foundation and Chairman Emeritus.

The merger creates a single future-facing UK charitable Foundation, relevant for the political, social, and financial climate of the 21st century, ensuring a sustainable future with maximum impact for beneficiaries.


Rupert Tyler, Chairman of Jerwood Foundation, has said,

‘I’m delighted and honoured to become Chairman of the newly merged Jerwood Foundation and to work with the Trustees and Executive Team at this exciting and challenging time in Jerwood’s history. I’m looking forward to being able to increase support directly to our excellent and thriving creative and cultural sector.’

Lara Wardle, Executive Director Jerwood Foundation, stated,

‘We hope that our new streamlined, easy to understand application process will enable us to distribute funds effectively for maximum impact fulfilling John Jerwood’s original philanthropic vision to support excellence and emerging talent in the UK.’

Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman Emeritus, has commented,

‘The newly merged Jerwood charities put the organisation at the forefront to sustainably support and nurture the arts and crafts for public benefit and to continue its unique stance as an agile, entrepreneurial funder.’


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November 14, 2023
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