Rachel Howard part of the Jerwood Gallery Collection
2018 marks 25 years since the first work was purchased for the Jerwood Collection: From my Window at Ditchling circa 1925 by Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, RWS (1867-1956). Historically collected by Alan Grieve (Chairman, Jerwood Foundation) Jerwood Collection now comprises just under 300 works of Modern and Contemporary British art and continues to grow with new acquisitions and donations.
The ongoing purpose of the Jerwood Collection is to give public access to a privately-owned collection and to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Modern and Contemporary British art. This access is enabled through a range of initiatives including: changing themed displays at Jerwood Gallery; loans to national institutions; and inclusion on a number of digital platforms.
The 25th Anniversary exhibition in Rooms 3 to 7 brings together some of the key pieces held within the collection alongside new acquisitions and donations which are on display for the first time.
‘You Can Save Me’ was painted by Rachel Howard in response to being invited to exhibit at the Jerwood Gallery in 2015.
The division of space in the work suggests a shifting seascape and Howard took inspiration for the work and its title from a sign seen on the dilapidated Hastings Pier before it was resurrected. She commented: ‘I grew up on a farm near the sea on the North East coast of England, and having a permanent horizon every day to look at gives a wonderful reassurance in what can be at times a very uncertain world. My show at Jerwood Gallery explored both these aspects of certainty and uncertainty.’‘When I went to visit the Jerwood Gallery in 2014 to discuss doing a show the following year, I saw a huge banner saying YOU CAN SAVE ME hanging from the burnt out Hastings Pier, at first I thought it was a cry for help from an individual then I realised it was a plea to raise funds for the restoration of the pier - it made me think of the suicide paintings I’d done almost a decade earlier. I painted You Can Save Me specifically for the show at the Jerwood Gallery 2015 and it is now in the permanent collection’
JERWOOD COLLECTION:25 YEARS
27 January to 15 April 2018
Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town, East Sussex TN34 3DW