1977 - ?

Jerwood Space

The Jerwood Foundation was established in 1977 for John Jerwood MC (1918-1991), the Japanese based jewellery and pearl magnate, by Alan Grieve CBE, at the time Jerwood Foundation's primary mission and purpose was to support young people in their education and well-being, with humanity at the heart of the activities and initiatives. Alan Grieve established the Jerwood family of philanthropic arts organisations: Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Space which occupies the site of the 1872 Orange Street School close to the Tate Modern on London's South Bank which was refurbished by the Jerwood Foundation in 1998 to provide rehearsal facilities for dance and theatre companies and also incorporates the Gallery which is now the home of Jerwood Visual Arts. The Jerwood Collection which since 2004, has been sited in the magnificent grounds and park of Ragley Hall, home of the Marquis and Machioness of Hertford in Worcestershire. The Foundation awards prizes for multiple visual media that include photography, drawing, painting, writing, sculpture and applied arts such as ceramics and works in glass. Between 1998 and 2012, Jerwood Foundation diversified its support for the visual and performing arts from solely funding revenue projects to giving its significant financial support and the Jerwood name to eighteen high profile capital projects throughout the UK, reflecting its range of interests in the arts and education. Suffolk artists who were awarded Jerwood awards include Amanda Louise Ansell, Sophie Charalambous, Maggi Hambling, and Andrew Vass. In 2022, Jerwood Foundation became a registered UK Charity and owns Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary art as well as giving wide-ranging support to the arts in the UK. In July 2023, Jerwood Foundation announced the intention to merge with Jerwood Arts, formerly Jerwood Charitable Foundation/Jerwood Charity, to create a single future-facing UK charitable Foundation, relevant for the political, social, and financial climate of the 21st century, and ensuring a sustainable future with maximum impact for beneficiaries. This merger took effect from 1 January 2024.
Since 1991, Jerwood has channelled over 110 million in support of the arts and education in the UK.