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Jerwood in July 2015


At Jerwood Gallery, Hastings:Festival of the Sea

Quentin Blake: Life Under Water - A Hastings Celebration opens on 2 July
The immutable Sir Quentin Blake is returning to the gallery this summer as part of Festival of the Sea, this time casting his quirky eye fondly over Hastings. The celebrated Children’s Laureate, most famous for his collaborations with Roald Dahl, has created 24 new works that show the vibrancy of this historic town and the sea that defines it.

Quentin says, ‘it is not an exhibition for children, even though it’s one they won’t have any difficulty with, and it’s not a collection of drawings by me that Jerwood Gallery happens to be putting on. I have created it specifically for the gallery and the works won’t appear anywhere else.'

All the works are exclusively available for sale through Jerwood Gallery for £3,000 each. There will also be a wide range of products for sale through the gallery shop, including prints of the original drawings. A percentage of the profit will go towards supporting the future artistic programme of Jerwood Gallery, which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. More information here.


Rachel Howard, You Can Save Me, 2015 © the artist. Courtesy Blain|Southern

Rachel Howard: At Sea opens on 18 July
This summer we welcome leading British artist, Rachel Howard, to the gallery for her largest solo public gallery exhibition in the UK as part of the gallery’s Festival of the Sea. Her distinctive, abstract paintings have been globally recognised and are held in many prestigious international art collections. She paints a multitude of human experiences and emotions and, for this exhibition in Hastings, has created a significant body of new work.


LS Lowry, Yachts, 1959 courtesy the Lowry Collection, Salford

Lowry By the Sea continues at Jerwood Gallery until 1 November as part of the Festival of the Sea . From Britons at play on the sands of holiday resorts, to giant tankers in the great ports of the nation, Lowry painted the sea in many different forms, and this display brings together a wide variety of these exciting works. More info here.


You can also see some of the Jerwood Collection’s sea-themed paintings, rounding off the gallery’s Festival of the Sea.

The Coastal Cultural Trail joins Jerwood Gallery with Towner in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. The three award-winning galleries share a stunning 20 mile stretch of East Sussex coastline which can be explored on foot, bicycle or by train.


Jerwood Collection

The Jerwood Collection has loaned St Remy, circa 1910 by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942) (above, out of copyright) to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester for their exhibition Sickert in Dieppe (4 July- 4 October), More details about the painting here, and the exhibition at

Jerwood Visual Arts, London & National

Jerwood Visual Arts is a contemporary gallery programme of exhibitions, awards and events at Jerwood Space and on tour. It is a major initiative of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and was launched in 2006.

Silo Studio, Newton’s Bucket, 2015.

Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Jerwood Makers Open 2015 opens at Jerwood Space on 10 July. Five exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts will premiere works in a group exhibition to mark the fifth edition of Jerwood Makers Open. Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, Ian McIntyre and Silo Studio each received awards of £7,500 at the end of 2014 to realise significant new projects, with the resulting works debuting at Jerwood Space in London before touring nationally.

Jerwood Makers Open promotes the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena, seeking to support exceptional skill and imagination. It looks broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging the boundaries of what has traditionally been described as applied arts. Over the past five years the initiative has awarded commissioning funds totalling £180,000 directly to artists. This has supported 24 major new commissions, offering a rare opportunity for artists to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices.
This year’s artists, selected from over 267 UK-wide applicants, all combine a high level of technical skill with imagination and intellectual adventure, and these new works promise to take each practice in a fresh and exciting direction. More information at

On Monday 13th July there is a Demonstration and Discussion with Silo Studio at Jerwood Space 6.30-7.45pm. More information at

Ian McIntyre, A Ton of Clay, 2015. Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Alice May Williams, An Unreliable Witness continues at the Project Space at Jerwood Space until 29th August. It is the first stage in an on-going project exploring alternative and undocumented oral histories belonging to women. Alice has also been awarded one of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: Borrowed Time commissions. Read more

The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015 'What Will They See of Me?' is showing at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow until the 12th July


Laura Ellen Bacon (Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010) has transformed the façade of the Holburne Museum with Murmuration, an intricate yet imposing sculpture made of Flanders Red willow on display until 4 October. More info at

Chris Watson (Jerwood Open Forest 2014) is in conversation with curator Minna Moore Ede at the National Gallery on 15th July. More info at

Projects supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Jerwood First Drafts 2015 programme has been announced at The Yard and first script readings and more visually performed sharings will be taking place throughout July. The programme supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation is an important catalyst for artists’ ideas, offering resource, support and a unique space for this new work to flourish. For information on the five supported artists, their ideas and to book tickets see

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries continue to recruit recent graduates to paid vocational training placements in arts organisations around the UK. The latest vacancies can be seen at David Lan’s speech from the launch event was reproduced in The Stage and The Huffington Post.

Photo:Fiction Uncovered

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered winners have been announced by the Chair of Judges India Knight and the books are now on sale: Find out more about them (and buy the books)

Arvon have published Wassailing, an anthology of works from writers on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2014/15. Plays from Caroline Gray, Cathy Thomas and Andrew Thompson, Fiction from Sarah Franklin, Susie Hales and Grahame Williams and Poetry from Holly Corfield Carr, Ian Dudley and Debris Stevenson. Read about the mentees here:


The Turner Prize 2015 shortlist includes Janice Kerbel and Bonnie Camplin. Kerbel was supported by a Jerwood Charitable Foundation small grant for her FVU commission Our Mutual Friends in 2012. Camplin also received a small grant for a Think Tank commission via How to Work Together.



























Quentin Blake, The Pirate Family, 2015. © Image copyright the artist