The purpose of the Jerwood Collection of Modern and Contemporary British art is to give public access to a privately-owned collection and enhance the understanding and enjoyment of this period of British art.
In 1993 the first work was bought for the Jerwood Collection by Alan Grieve (Chairman, Jerwood Foundation) and it continues to grow with new acquisitions and donations under the direction of Lara Wardle.
Holding just under 300 works the collection is widely accessible through loans to national and international institutions and inclusion on a number of digital platforms.
Jerwood Collection is a Founder Partner of Art UK, the online home for art from every public collection in the United Kingdom.
Alan Grieve, the Executive Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation, has been involved with the Foundation since its establishment in 1977. He initiated the Jerwood Painting Prize (1994-2003) which was then the largest art prize in the UK. Alan has been responsible for the establishment of the Jerwood Gallery in the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, the Jerwood galleries in Jerwood Space, Southwark and the award-winning Jerwood Gallery (now Hastings Contemporary). Alan has been a private collector of Modern British art for over 50 years.
Lara Wardle, Director Curator, is a specialist in 20th century British art and has worked in this field for over 20 years, having previously worked at Christie’s (Head of Day Sale and Associate Director) and Phillips (Senior Specialist). She joined Jerwood in 2010 and as Director of Jerwood Foundation. Her particular area of interest is mid-20th century British artists and she has curated exhibitions including: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings and Graves Gallery, Sheffield (2018-19) and Harold Gilman: Beyond Camden Town at Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2018-19).