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Aurora Orchestra, The Jerwood Commissions, Battle. featured: Max Baillie and Sarita Piotrowska. Image: Simon Fernandez

What We Do

Jerwood Charitable Foundation is an independent grant-making foundation and UK registered charity dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding of the arts, with a particular focus on supporting talent and excellence. We work with exceptional, dedicated artists and producers enabling them to develop and thrive at important stages in their practice, often in partnership with leading UK arts organisations.

  • 603 artists
    and over 90 organisations worked with in 2016
  • £1.3 million
    channelled into the arts in 2016
  • Over 70,000
    visitors to Jerwood Visual Arts nationally


We make grants to organisations and individuals nationally, alongside delivering our strategic projects, currently the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, a UK-wide bursary programme for new graduates from low-income backgrounds; and Jerwood Visual Arts, a national programme supporting visual arts practice.

Our aim is to aim to find, nurture and promote talent and to advocate for the best possible conditions for the making of art. We enable artists, arts organisations and the sector to explore and develop their talents and to make artistic work of the utmost strength and quality. Achieving excellence is at the heart of what we do. Our definition of excellence refers to the artistic, aesthetic and ethical integrity of the artists, arts organisations and projects that we support.

Supported by a board of Trustees we spend around £1.5 million each year including overheads. We were established in 1999 by Jerwood Foundation to take on and develop Jerwood’s UK project funding activity, and were gifted an endowment of £25 million by the Foundation in 2005.

Jerwood Family

Jerwood Charitable Foundation is one of four organisations that make up Jerwood, a family of not-for-profit organisations united in their commitment to support, nurture and reward excellence and dedication in the arts in the UK.  Since 1991 Jerwood’s organisations collectively have channelled over £97 million into capital and revenue projects in support of the arts. Jerwood Foundation, with a remit of making capital grants, established Jerwood Space in 1998, Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 1999 and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings in 2012. A book charting this history, Jerwood: The Foundation and the Founders by Matthew Sturgis, was published in 2009 and is available from Marston Book Services and Jerwood Space.