Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood: A Timeline


Jerwood Foundation established by Alan Grieve for John Michael Jerwood (1918–1991)

John Jerwood was educated at Oakham School and his alma mater was the major beneficiary in the early years, with building projects, wards, scholarships and bursaries supported. In total £6.55 million has been gifted to Oakham School since 1977

National Youth Orchestra Chamber Orchestra created from within the ranks of the National Youth Orchestra, the specialist training and promotion of which was supported by the Jerwood Foundation
(until 2008)


John Michael Jerwood MC
Oakhamian Soldier Merchant and Benefactor


Photo: Mike Fear


Jerwood Foundation established its representative office in Bloomsbury at 22 Fitzroy Square, London

Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, RWS (1867–1956)
From My Window at Ditchling, c.1925
Reproduced with the kind permission of David Brangwyn

  • The first purchase made by Alan Grieve (Chairman, Jerwood Foundation) for the Jerwood Collection was Sir Frank Brangwyn’s From my Window at Ditchling c.1925
  • Jerwood Foundation sponsored National Art Collection Fund Awards
    (now The Art Fund)

Craigie Aitchison RA (1926–2009)
Crucifixion, 1994
©2014 the artist’s estate/Bridgeman Art Library

  • Jerwood Painting Prize (until 2003), launched and awarded to Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) in 1994 for Crucifixion
  • Jerwood Young Choreographers Awards launched with Dance Umbrella and Arts Council England, becoming the Jerwood Choreography Awards in 1999 (until 2003)
  • Jerwood Foundation began supporting Jerwood New Playwrights at Royal Court Theatre – the first play was Joe Penhall’s Some Voices (ongoing)

Jerwood Applied Arts Prize launched with Crafts Council (until 2007)


Salters’ Jerwood Awards for Outstanding Chemists under 35 launched (until 2005)


Photo: Jerwood Space

  • Grant made to Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge for the conservation and refurbishment of the student loan collection
  • Capital grant made to the Gate Theatre, to improve the space. Beginning of an ongoing relationship
  • Jerwood Space established and opened by Jerwood Foundation [first major capital project]

Photo: Peter Sutton

  • Jerwood Charitable Foundation established by Jerwood Foundation
  • Jerwood Library at Trinity Hall, Cambridge [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum [major capital project]

Photo: Andy Chopping

  • Jerwood Theatres opened at Royal Court [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Sculpture Park opened at Witley Court an outdoor display of contemporary sculpture. Dame Elisabeth Frink’s Walking Man was the first purchase for the Jerwood Sculpture Collection [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA [major capital project]

Photo: Mike Hoban

  • Jerwood Studio at Glyndebourne, East Sussex [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts, Trinity College of Music, London [major capital project]
  • Launch of Jerwood Young Designers at the Gate Theatre (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Centre for the Treatment and Prevention of Dance Injuries, Birmingham Royal Ballet [capital grant]
  • Jerwood Gridshell Space, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Sussex[capital grant]
  • Training Ship John Jerwood, Sea Cadets Association [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Young Directors programme at the Young Vic launched (until 2009)
  • Jerwood Charitable Foundation began supporting the Jerwood Drawing Prize (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Portrait Commissions at the National Portrait Gallery began (until 2008)
  • Jerwood Sculpture Prize launched (until 2009)

Photo: Marine Society & Sea Cadets

  • Jerwood Artists Platform launched (until 2007)
  • Jerwood Rising Stars (and later, Jerwood Jazz Generation) launched with Cheltenham Jazz Festiva (until 2009)

Photo: Peter Sutton

  • Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, London [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Photography Awards launched with Portfolio Magazine (until 2008)
  • Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction inaugurated (ongoing)
  • Take Five founded in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation and Serious (ongoing)
  • Mission Models Money launched (until 2008)

Photo: Benson + Forsyth with Napper Architects

  • Jerwood Foundation completed the permanent endowment of Jerwood Charitable Foundation with £25 million
  • Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Chorus Development Programme founded (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Sculpture Collection moved from Witley Court to Ragley Hall, Warwickshire (until 2011)
  • Jerwood Centre at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere [capital grant]
  • Jerwood Studio founded by Sadler’s Wells (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Visual Arts programme launched by Jerwood Charitable Foundation
  • Jerwood/Artangel Open launched (until 2010)
  • Jerwood Space extension completed [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Opera Writing Programme founded by Aldeburgh Music (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Contemporary Painters launched (until 2010)
  • Jerwood Vanbrugh Rehearsal Space, RADA [second capital grant]
  • Jerwood Pod, Young Vic Theatre
    [capital grant]
  • The Producers: Alchemists of the Impossible
    book published with Arts Council England

Haworth Tompkins

  • Jerwood School of Design, Oakham School [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Kiln Studio at Aldeburgh Music [major capital project]
  • Jerwood: The Foundation and the Founders by Matthew Sturgis published by Unicorn Press
  • Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich [major capital project]
  • Aurora Orchestra’s New Moves programme supported (until 2014)
  • Jerwood Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Foundation launched national DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme (until 2011)
  • Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme established (ongoing)

Jerwood Dancehouse

 Jerwood Assistant Director’s Programme founded by Young Vic (ongoing)

  • Jerwood Makers Open is launched (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Painting Fellowships established (ongoing)

Photo: Bob Mazzer

  • Jerwood Gallery Hastings designed and built to house the Jerwood Collection opened March [major capital project]
  • Jerwood Sculpture Collection sold at Sotheby’s
  • National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science opens in London, led by Dance UK (ongoing)
  • Jerwood/FVU Awards launched in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella (ongoing)
  • Jerwood Open Forest launched in partnership with Forestry Commission England
  • Jerwood Gallery received a Civic Trust Award, a National Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and was put on the midlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize
  • Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize launched with The Literary Platform
  • Jerwood Gallery received a RICS South East Award for Regeneration

Dance Umbrella’s Development Manager Camille de Groote, with Olitta O'Garro, Festival Assistant, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2015
Photo: Hana Makovcova


Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries launched in June, working with 40 host organisations and with co-funders Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation and the J P Getty Junior Charitable Trust


Jerwood/Photoworks Awards launched, first edition of biennial programme


Jerwood Gallery re-launches Benefactors Scheme and creates Director's Circle


(c) Mark Cocksedge, 2016


Jerwood Gallery was Museum Partner at the 28th London Art Fair

Alan Grieve celebrated 25 years as Executive Chairman of Jerwood

10 years of Jerwood Visual Arts was marked; since its inception Jerwood Charitable Foundation has channelled a total of £4.14 million through it., working with more than 1,659 visual artists, writers and curators from across the UK and supporting a wealth of research and new commissions for audiences now regularly reaching over 44,500 a year.


Jerwood Foundation celebrates 40 years supporting the arts.

Jerwood Gallery becomes a UK registered charity.

Jerwood Collection works on display at Sotheby's
photo: Pete Jones


John Jerwood's Centenary 1918-2018

The 25th anniversary of Jerwood Collection is marked with an exhibition of key works at Sotheby's

Jerwood Space celebrated 20 years offering excellent facilities for the work of art

The Jerwood Library at Trinity Hall, Cambridge also celebrated its 20th anniversary


John Jerwood MC