We were delighted to be asked at the beginning of the year to design a collection of jewels exclusivley for The Jerwood Gallery. Having always been great supporters of The Jerwood during planning, build & completion, we knew it would be a great success!
An international Art Gallery in the middle of Hastings Old Town for Modern British Art.
The guys at JG HQ wanted us to do something in keeping with Hastings, & asked for nautical, so we duley obligied. Lots of Anchors, Ropes & Seagulls in silver with blue enamel.
Jerwood Gallery is a major initiative of the Jerwood Foundation, established to create a permanent, public home for the Jerwood Foundation’s Collection of Modern British Art, alongside a changing curated programme.
Jerwood Gallery has been sensitively and intuitively designed, by architects HAT Projects to complement the surrounding environment of Hastings’ Old Town. The building sits among the unique Hastings net shops, on the edge of the working fishing beach. The Gallery’s exterior is clad in over 8000 black ceramic tiles, hand-glazed a few miles away in Kent, which reflect the changing seaside light. The emphasis on sustainability is exemplary, with the building creating 60% less CO2 per m² than an average museum of a comparable size. It houses a range of Gallery spaces from intimate rooms through to a dramatic 180m² Gallery for the temporary exhibition programme.
The Gallery is part of a landmark £9 million redevelopment of the Stade, a historic area in Hastings Old Town, home to Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet. The £4 million Gallery, for which the capital and running costs will be funded by the Jerwood Foundation, is seen as an important catalyst in the cultural and economic regeneration of the area.
Since the Foundation’s purchase in 1993 of From my Window at Ditchling by Sir Frank Brangwyn, the Jerwood Foundation’s collection has grown steadily in stature and importance to include around two hundred British oil paintings and works on paper.
The Collection’s core areas are figurative and abstract works from between the First World War and the 1960s, and contemporary works by artists associated with Jerwood, including several winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize such as Craigie Aitchison, Maggi Hambling and Prunella Clough. The Collection includes works by well-known artists such as Sir Stanley Spencer, Lawrence Stephen Lowry, Walter Sickert and Augustus John, alongside works by artists of importance who may be less well-known to a general audience, such as Eliot Hodgkin and Dod Procter. Highlights include The Bather by Christopher Wood, Chrome and Yellow by Paul Feiler, Mainly Grey and White by Anne Redpath and a portrait by Stanley Spencer of his niece, Daphne. The Collection represents a personal rather than academic reading of Modern British Art, resulting in a selection that is accessible, surprising, and of sustained quality.
Hastings was and is a location that resonates with artists represented in the Collection, some of whom have strong links to the town, so it is a particularly appropriate location for the Gallery. The Collection continues to grow strongly with further purchases of Modern British works, together with paintings by exciting contemporary artists.
Current Exhibition: Gary Hume
Hume was the winner of the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1997 and was elected as a Royal Academician in 2001. The exhibition entitled Gary Hume: Flashback, organised by the Arts Council, features a range of paintings and sculptures produced by the Turner Prize-nominated artist. It traces a path from Gary Hume’s early works to the present day, charting the evolution of one of the most important figures in British art.
Gary Hume: Flashback is an Arts Council Collection Exhibition from Southbank Centre