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Make Me UP by Rachel Maclean. Commissioned by 14:18 Now and Jerwood Arts. Image: courtesy of the artist

What We Do

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting early-career UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, bursaries, fellowships, projects, programmes and commissions. We are committed to supporting artistic freedom of expression and being as inclusive as possible across all our work. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together through our exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London, as well as across the UK and online. Three core values underpin all our work:
  • Responsible
    Committed to listening, learning and responding to artists' needs; to being inclusive and accessible; to being accountable to our beneficiaries and our board; to improving environmental sustainability; and to responsible investment
  • Imaginative
    Committed to supporting outstanding, distinctive, visionary artists from diverse backgrounds from across the UK; to empowering artists to experiment and take risks to develop their practice and realise new ideas; to embracing difference and acknowledging that in doing so we need to act differently ourselves
  • Independent
    Committed to thinking freely, having a distinct voice and supporting this in those we support; to advocating and using our influence strategically to improve conditions for artists; to collaborating with imaginative, specialist partners and other funders who share our aims

Our funding

Our funding provides time and space outside commercial pressures for artistic growth and new ideas to flourish. We want our funding to support the development of under-supported, vibrant and diverse artistic practice across the UK, with a focus on the pursuit of artistic experimentation and excellence. Our beneficiaries are outstanding artists, curators or producers at key moments in their career, within the first 10 years of establishing their practice.

We aim to benefit a wide range of artists across UK regions, backgrounds and disciplines. To achieve this we continually review and refresh our funded projects and opportunities. Our overall capacity for funding each year is limited: competition is high and we know some disappointment is inevitable. We will support interested applicants to use our guidance to make sure it is the right opportunity for them or their group or organisation.

Jerwood Arts is a Living Wage Foundation Employer, committed to improving access and inclusion across the arts through our funding and developing more sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices across our work. Read about Our Approach.

We pride ourselves on being a learning organisation and welcome feedback at any time by email:

Collaborate with us

We invite conversations with new potential partners and funders who share our aims and want to establish new awards and fellowships, or have ambitious commissioning plans that can provide transformative opportunities for artists working in the artforms and disciplines that we support. Some of our current partners include Photoworks, Film and Video Umbrella, Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and Artfund. Potential partners should have national reach and profile in their area of expertise, and bring substantial match-funding to the relationship. Please contact Jon Opie if this is of interest.

Our history

Jerwood Arts is the trading name of Jerwood Charity, a registered UK company and charity. We were established in 1999 by Jerwood Foundation to take on and develop project funding activity through an endowment of £25 million which was completed in 2005.  Supported by a board of Trustees, we spend around £1.3 million each year, including overheads.

Jerwood Arts is one of three organisations that make up Jerwood, a family of not-for-profit philanthropic 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 £100 million into capital and revenue projects in support of the arts. Jerwood Foundation was established in 1977 by its Chairman, Alan Grieve for John Jerwood MC (1918-1991).  Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has made 18 high profile strategic capital grants reflecting its interest in the arts and education, the first of which was Jerwood Space in 1998. The Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British art was started by the Foundation in 1993, and its purpose is to give public access to a privately owned collection and to enhance the understanding of 20th and 21st century British Art.