Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood in March 2017


Jerwood Foundation: 1977-2017, 40 Years Supporting the Arts

Jerwood Foundation was established 40 years ago on 2nd March 1977. We are delighted to celebrate this significant anniversary today.
John Jerwood started his working life in the family jewellery business in Hatton Garden, London, after financial constraints meant he was unable to take up his place at Jesus College Cambridge. He won the Military Cross whilst serving in Italy during the Second World War. After demobilisation in 1947 he decided in 1948 to move to Japan and established a new business in Tokyo which was to become one of the largest dealerships of cultured pearls in the world.

As the success of his business grew he started to support education with individual benefactions before deciding to secure and extend these by establishing a foundation in 1977. To do this he enlisted the help of his long-term legal advisor and friend Alan Grieve. The Jerwood Foundation prospered and after Jerwood’s death in 1991 Alan became Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation and is now the Chairman of the Jerwood family of trusts and organisations.

Jerwood is now a family of registered charities and not-for-profit organisations: Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Gallery.

Jerwood Collection

Chantal Joffe (b. 1969) Esme by the Railings, 2014 (Top) and Pinky, 2014 (Above). Jerwood Collection, Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Stephen White) © Chantal Joffe

We are delighted to announce that with great generosity Chantal Joffe has donated two paintings, Esme by the Railings, 2014 and Pinky, 2014 to the Jerwood Collection. They are an exciting addition that strengthens the link between the Jerwood Collection and Jerwood Gallery’s contemporary programme.

In spring 2015 Chantal Joffe’s strong connection with Hastings and St Leonards was celebrated in a major solo exhibition of her powerful portraits at Jerwood Gallery, co-curated by Rose Wylie RA. Working from photographs and almost always depicting women and girls Joffe challenges what our expectations of what a feminist art might be.



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Charlene James wins Critics' Circle Award for Theatre

Royal Court: Jerwood New Playwrights, Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It, Featured: Adelayo Adedayo

Photo: David Sandison

Jerwood New Playwright Charlene James has won Most Promising Playwright at the Critic's Circle Theatre Awards 2016 for her play Cuttin' it. A Young Vic/Royal Court co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre, it was produced through Jerwood New Playwrights at the Royal Court, and supported by the Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme at the Young Vic with Anastasia Osei-Kuffour taking the role of Assistant Director.

Charlene also received the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards for Theatre in 2016 and a George Devine Award for the play.

Jerwood Gallery

Jerwood Gallery, Photo: Pete Jones

To celebrate the gallery’s 5th birthday on 17th March 2017 Room 3 has been hung with Jerwood Collection works chosen by the public through an open call. During December 2016 and January 2017 we invited people to submit their favourite works from the collection together with the reason for their choice. Selected works that could not be shown are on view on the television outside the cafe. Thank you to everyone who submitted their choices and gave kindly given permission for their feedback to be displayed.

Look Back Now: Jerwood Gallery is 5 in Room 4 from 15th March celebrates works that have either inspired exhibitions at the gallery or have been included in exhibitions and subsequently acquired for the Jerwood Collection. A one room In Focus display of works by the Surrealist painter Eileen Agar also opens on that day.

On 17 March 2012 the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Kim Forward and the leader of the Council, the late Councillor Jeremy Birch along with Jerwood Foundation Chairman Alan Grieve opened Jerwood Gallery to the public. Sir John Tusa and Sir Nicholas Serota also presided over opening events. The award-winning gallery building was designed by HAT projects to complement its unique surroundings on Hastings’ historic working fishing beach.

Since then the gallery, led by Director Liz Gilmore, continues to show an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions which bring the best of current British painting to Hastings and also showcases the alive and growing Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art. Five years have also brought memorable events; from a naked flashmob on Hastings beach, gallery guests mischievously (but permanently) tattooed with designs by Jake and Dinos Chapman and collectors coming from far and wide bringing their John Bratby paintings to be considered for a crowd-sourced exhibition.

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