© Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Untitled, from the series Where We Belong, originally commissioned through the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, 2017

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards open for entries

Photoworks & Jerwood Arts have announced a major commissioning and exhibiting opportunity for early-career artists. The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards support early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice.

Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each.

The prize also includes a full package of support to create new work over a 12-month period.

Applications close at 10am on May 12.

Silvia Rosi, recipient of the third edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards said: “Experimentation has been a great part of my process with the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

“With the awards I was given the opportunity to experiment, make mistakes and learn about my practice in the making, with great support and mentoring.”

© Silvia Rosi, Self Portrait As My Mother, originally commissioned through the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, 2019
© Silvia Rosi, Self Portrait As My Mother, originally commissioned through the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, 2019

About the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

The awards are for UK-based artists who have been practising for between one and ten years.

A selection panel will choose two artists. The panel includes:

  • Christine Eyene
  • Sunil Gupta,
  • Joy Gregory
  • Julia Bunnemann
  • Harriet Cooper.

There is no age limit or fee to apply.

Both organisations particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography.

The awards include:

  • £10,000 artists fee
  • £5,000 production budget
  • Mentoring support from a high-profile international pool of experts for at least 12-months
  • Curatorial support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts
  • A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Arts programme at Jerwood Space (opening October 2022)
  • UK touring exhibition in 2023.
  • A £5,000 printing budget from print partner Spectrum Photographic.

Full application guidance is available here.

This includes Easy Read, audio and Welsh-language guidance and accessible ways of applying.

Jerwood Arts director Lilli Geissendorfer said: “The awards give early-career artists an opportunity to respond to the world around us through one of the most innovative and relevant mediums: photography.

“We are looking forward to being challenged and surprised by how artists are experimenting with this art form and exploring what photography can be today.

“We have developed our guidance materials to be more accessible and to help artists decide if it’s the right moment for them to apply, and are particularly excited to welcome proposals from those who may not have considered applying before.”

© Tereza Zelenkova, Dog Cemetery, originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015
© Tereza Zelenkova, Dog Cemetery, originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

‘A unique opportunity’

Previous recipients of the Awards include:

  • Silvia Rosi
  • Theo Simpson
  • Alejandra Carles-Tolra
  • Sam Laughlin
  • Lua Ribeira
  • Matthew Finn
  • Joanna Piotrowska
  • Tereza Zelenkova

Photoworks director Shoair Mavlian said: “We are very pleased to once again offer this unique opportunity for early-career photographers to make new work and test ideas in a supportive environment.

“Photographers who have received the award in the past have benefitted from both the financial support and from working with open and generous mentors from across the photography sector to help develop their practice.

“We are pleased to partner with Jerwood Arts to offer this exciting opportunity for the fourth time and I look forward to seeing the work of those who apply from across the UK.”

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)
© Matthew Finn, Untitled, originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 from the series Mother (1987-present)

Collaborating with Jerwood Arts and Photoworks

The awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Photoworks and supported by Spectrum Photographic.

Spectrum Photographic director Hazel Watts said: “We are thrilled to once again be the print sponsor for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

“It is such a pleasure collaborating with the team and selected photographers.

“There is always a sense of excitement in the studio when we get to see the commissioned projects the photographers have been working on.

“All of us at Spectrum very much look forward to the next edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.”

Main image: © Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Untitled, from the series Where We Belong, originally commissioned through the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, 2017.

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