Jerwood Foundation


The Jerwood Foundation was established by Alan Grieve for John Jerwood in 1977. Following John Jerwood’s death in 1991, the Foundation has flourished under Alan Grieve’s Chairmanship and inspiration. He has created and established the ethos of Jerwood; to support excellence in all areas of human endeavour, principally in the arts and education in its widest sense.

The Jerwood Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding and sponsorship of the arts, education and other areas of human endeavour and excellence, particularly supporting artists and young professionals based in the United Kingdom. It has supported a range of activities across the visual and performing arts and education, as well as film, literature, medicine and some international work in Nepal

John Jerwood & Alan Grieve

John Jerwood started his working life in the family jewellery business in Hatton Garden, London.After serving in the Second World War, in which he won the M.C., he moved to Tokyo, where he married and settled to establish what was to become one of the largest dealerships of cultured pearls in the world. He was domiciled for the rest of his life in Japan until his death in 1991.

During John Jerwood’s lifetime, the Foundation made benefactions principally in the fields of education and music. Following John Jerwood’s death, Alan Grieve, who had been on the Council of the Foundation since 1977, has been its Chairman and Director. Since 1991 he has created and shaped the vision for the Jerwood Foundation and established its operations based in central London.

The Jerwood Foundation since 1991
Funding of capital projects bearing the Jerwood name

The Jerwood Foundation has made a large number of high profile strategic capital grants reflecting its range of interests in the arts and education. Major grants include those for the Jerwood Theatres at the Royal Court, the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre and Jerwood Vanbrugh Rehearsal Space at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries for Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Jerwood Rehearsal Stage at Glyndebourne Opera. 

The Jerwood Foundation has endowed the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and also established the Jerwood Gallery and Jerwood Space.

Governance and Board Structures

The Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Gallery operate through separate board structures but with some mutual directors to ensure continuity and consistency of the values, mission and ethos of the Foundation. All activities are in the name of Jerwood as a family identity.

Since 1991 the Jerwood Foundation, together with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, has channelled over £90 million towards capital, revenue and endowment projects.

Click here to watch a video of Alan Grieve talking about assembling the Jerwood Collection.


John Jerwood
Alan Grieve CBE Photo:Pal Hansen