Jerwood Studio

Launched in 2006, the Jerwood Studio has been a major creative initiative developed by Sadler's Wells in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The programme came to an end in 2014 leaving a substantial creative legacy. The programme has provided the artistic space, support and resources dance artists need to explore ideas and form new relationships outside of their scheduled performances and production commitments.

The Jerwood Studio has produced a wide range of award-winning productions such as Russell Maliphant’s Afterlight, Javier de Frutos and the Pet Shop Boys’ The Most Incredible Thing, and Gallim Dance’s Fold Here. The Studio has helped to develop artists and their networks to the benefit of the wider arts ecology and audiences all over the world.

It consisted of two programmes: Summer University and cross-arts collaborations. Sadler’s University carries on for another four years, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation as a legacy project for 2015 with additional support from The Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship.


Jerwood Studio
Cross-arts collaborations

The Jerwood Studio has provided research and development opportunities for dance artists to collaborate with professionals from other art forms.

Projects supported through the Studio did not have the pressure of imminent performance dates in the calendar; they were tentative and exploratory and involved the development of new collaborative relationships.

Since 2006, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation has supported over 32 collaborative projects and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin, Clod Ensemble, Gallim Dance and Tal Rosner, Hofesh Shechter, and Martin Creed. Despite the research focus of the programme, most of these projects have subsequently progressed to mid or large-scale production, either by Sadler's Wells or through other commissioning organisations in the UK and overseas.


body:language talks

As part of the Jerwood Studio, a number of public talks took place, presented in the Lilian Baylis Studio. These ran from 2008 – 2013 and were curated by writer and dramaturge Guy Cools. Throughout the series, he spoke with artists and choreographers such as Alain Platel, Rosemary Butcher and Jonathan Burrows, about their work and how it relates to other fields, such as philosophy, science, medicine and anthropology. 

In January 2013, the first two seasons of talks were collated into a series of books, available for purchase in the Sadler’s Wells shop. The books won the overall design award at paper company Antalis’s 23rd annual print design awards in 2013.


Director, Jerwood Studio: Eva Martinez

For any enquiries please contact: Richard Cross, Programming Co-ordinator

Jerwood Foundation


The Jerwood Studio at Sadler's Wells
balletLORENT, Rapunzel
photo: Ravi Deepres

The Jerwood Studio at Sadler's Wells
Clod Ensemble, Zero
photo: Manuel Vason