Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood in August 2015


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. @Jerwoodjva

Jerwood Makers Open 2015 continues at Jerwood Space until 30th August. Five exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts have premiered 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.

Anissa Jousset wrote a piece on Malene Hartmann Rasmussen’s work on the Beautiful Decay website.

Pushing the Boundaries of Practice was the title of a review of the exhibition in the July/August edition of the Crafts Council’s magazine. Also available on their website

‘I often think about the origins of, and journeys undertaken by, matter.’ JVA Writer-In-Residence Elinor Morgan has written a blog about her preliminary thoughts on Jerwood Makers Open 2015. Read it here:

There will be a tour of the exhibition led by Jerwood Space Gallery Manager Hannah Pierce on Monday 10th August. Details here:

Jerwood Makers Open 2015 will be open until 8.00pm on Friday 28th August as part of SLAM Fridays, the late night opening of galleries in South London on the last Friday of every month.

More information at #jmo15.

Alice May Williams, An Unreliable Witness continues at the Project Space at Jerwood Space until 29th August. It is the first stage in an ongoing 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

Julie Cockburn, The Mother Ship, ink and embroidery on found photograph (selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015).

The selection for Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 has been announced. It is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. A total of 60 works by 58 artists, including one collaboration, have been carefully selected for exhibition by the panel; Dexter Dalwood, artist; Salima Hashmi, artist, curator and writer; and John-Paul Stonard, art historian. The selection can be seen at Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 will open at Jerwood Space on 16th September. #jdp15

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015 'What Will They See of Me?' winner Marianna Simnett will be presenting her film Blue Roses as part of an evening exploring bodily integrity and invasive procedures as part of the Park Nights series at the Serpentine Pavilion. Further information here.

Jerwood/FVU Awards alumni Ed Atkins made a major impression on the Manchester International Festival with his piece Performance Capture which blended the stars of the festival into what the Guardian’s Adrian Searle described as one ‘freakish poetry-reading avatar’ (6th July).

Projects supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered 2015 winner Carys Davies has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for The Redemption of Galen Pike (Salt). Another winner Bethan Roberts, author of Mother Island (Chatto & Windus, Penguin Random House) won the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award for Ms Featherstone and The Beast which was announced and read by Stephen Fry at an event at the Royal Academy of Arts. @Fictuncovered.

Two Jerwood New Playwrights have been announced for 2015 as part of the new autumn season at the Royal Court; Cordelia Lynn’s play Lela and Co will be in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 3 Sep-3 Oct, and Plaques and Tangles by Nicola Wilson from 14 Oct to 21 Nov. @RoyalCourt.

‘The chorus is the soul of everything that Glyndebourne is and stands for’ Rupert Christiansen explains ‘Why the chorus is crucial to Glyndebourne’ in the Telegraph (23 July), chorus member Marta Fontanals-Sammons adds ‘It’s such a privilege to work here that it’s impossible to think of it as a 9 to 5 job’. Jerwood Charitable Foundation has been supporting the Glyndebourne chorus for 10 years.

Samantha Jackson was one of the Jerwood/Arvon writing mentees in 2013-14 and is about to publish her first pamphlet with Eyewear. @EyewearPoetry.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation has announced a grant to Bristol Old Vic’s Bristol Ferment artist development programme. Now in its fifth year, the programme was set up to support and nurture established and emerging artists from the South West, providing a safe and creative place for them to come and road-test their ideas. More information here:

At Jerwood Gallery, Hastings: Festival of the Sea



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

Rachel Howard: At Sea continues until 4th October 2015

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.

Over a dozen new paintings, ranging from large-scale canvases to smaller works, alter the rules of how the medium of oil paint is approached. Works such as You Can Save Me (pictured) Lean To and North draw on maritime themes to investigate the sense of being at odds with the world.

Rachel says 'I grew up on a farm near the sea on the North East coast of England, and having a permanent horizon every day to look at gives a wonderful reassurance in what can be at times a very uncertain world. My show at Jerwood Gallery explores both these aspects of certainty and uncertainty.'

In addition to the exhibition, Howard has curated a one-room display which showcases some of her favourite works from the Jerwood Collection. Rachel Howard is represented by Blain Southern

You can see Rachel Howard being interviewed by Will Self here.
Mark Brown’s feature on Rachel Howard from the Guardian (17 July) here.

@jerwoodgallery @BlainSouthern #HowardAtSea

Quentin Blake: Life Under Water -A Hastings Celebration continues until 6th September 2015.

The immutable Sir Quentin Blake has returned 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 26 new works that show the vibrancy of this historic town and the sea that defines it. They are being sold at £3,000 each and there are just 3 left. Contact Shelley Mullane at the gallery for details


Lowry By the Sea continues until 1 November 2015

Laurence Stephen Lowry RA (1887-1976) is one of the most celebrated and beloved British artists of all time. This two room display celebrates Lowry’s unique contribution to 20th Century British art, bringing together a selection of his lesser known paintings and drawings 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.


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.


Image: Ben Nicholson, Black Guitar, 1932-33 copyright Angela Verren Taunt

Kettle’s Yard was the Cambridge home of Jim and Helen Ede, who together created an impressive collection of British and European art. During his life, Jim had been a curator at Tate Gallery and described himself as a ‘friend of artists’, acquiring much of his collection through these friendships.

Kettle’s Yard became an unusual blend of a family home and art gallery where works by Constantin Brancusi, Naum Gabo, Frank Auerbach, Georges Braques, Edward Wadsworth and Joan Miro were displayed.

When the Edes retired in 1973 they gave the house to Cambridge University. Now, due to a major capital redevelopment on the property itself, the Kettle’s Yard Collection is available to tour for the first time in its history and comes first to Jerwood Gallery. More info here.

Jerwood Collection

Image: William Gear Winter Landscape 1955, (c) Estate of William Gear, All Rights Reserved 2013/Bridgeman Art Library

The Jerwood Collection has loaned Winter Landscape 1955 to Towner in Eastbourne for one of their two exhibitions exploring the work of William Gear, who became the sometimes controversial curator there soon after it was painted. More info here. Rachel Cooke’s piece in the Guardian here (19 July) explores Gear’s history and these fascinating exhibitions.

Julian Wild’s work was previously held in the Jerwood sculpture collection. He has recently been made Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Similarly Peter Randall-Page’s work was also in the sculpture collection. He has just been elected an RA.

London Art Fair 2016

Jerwood Gallery is the Museum Partner for London Art Fair 2016 at the Business Design Centre, London, N1 from 20-24 January 2016 (Preview evening on 19 January).

Important works by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, John Tunnard and Christopher Wood will feature in an exhibition drawn from the Jerwood Collection at London Art Fair entitled: Coast.

Curated by Liz Gilmore (Director, Jerwood Gallery) and Lara Wardle (Curator, Jerwood Collection) Coast will illustrate the ways in which the British coastline, as a physical and spiritual place, coupled with its extraordinary light, have shaped and influenced selected artists in the Jerwood Collection, which is on permanent display at Jerwood Gallery.

Entrance to Coast: Modern British Highlights from the Jerwood Collection is included with a valid London Art Fair ticket or invitation. Tickets will be on sale from September 2015. For more information visit:

London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 0QH @LondonArtFair


‘We’ve given over £95m to education and the arts since we began.’ An interview with Jerwood chairman Alan Grieve is featured on the Bolder website here.

Jerwood has supported ornithologist David Lindo’s campaign to find Britain’s National Bird and commissioned Jerwood Collection artist Rose Wylie RA to design a special commemorative t-shirt to celebrate the winning bird the Robin. Children’s sizes are available.











Silo Studio, Newton’s Bucket, 2015 © Photo: Sylvain Deleu