Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards exhibition

New work by Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira is now on show at the second Jerwood/Photoworks Awards exhibition in London.

The exhibition is at the Jerwood Space, London, from January 17 to March 11.

It explores themes of death, belonging and the fragility of the natural world.

Following its London premiere, the show will tour across the UK to venues including Impressions Gallery and Belfast Exposed.

Spectrum Photographic is the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards official print partner.

“We are delighted to be supporting the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards,” said co-owner Hazel Watts.

“Last night’s launch was a fantastic event. We can’t wait to see what comes next for these three fantastic photographers.”

Jerwood/Photoworks Award
Installation shot: Alejandra Carles-Tolra

An ‘incredible year’

In a joint statement Photoworks director Celia Davies and head of programme at Jerwood Visual Arts Sarah Williams said: “We are delighted to be presenting this, the second edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. A unique opportunity, recognising and supporting potential with a distinctive combination of mentoring, production resources, and a national exhibition tour.

“It has been an incredible year of dialogue and development for the awardees who have each received support from the team at Photoworks and Jerwood Charitable Foundation and insights from our brilliant mentors.

“It’s been a privilege to see their ideas develop and this year’s exhibition is truly diverse. Both in the subjects explored and the artists’ individual approaches to image-making.

“The awards have already proved to be an important platform for artists and we look forward to seeing Alejandra, Lua and Sam’s careers continue to flourish.”

Jerwood/Photoworks Award
Installation shot: Sam Laughlin

The awardees

Alejandra Carles-Tolra is interested in the relationship between individual and group identity and how one influences the other. In Where We Belong she explores themes of belonging, femininity and escapism by following a group of Jane Austen devotees.

Sam Laughlin’s series A Certain Movement is a meditation on the state of the natural world and our place within it. His work focuses on patterns of animal behaviour and intricate natural processes occurring all around us. Close observations of various species and the signs suggesting their presence in the landscape, allow us to enter intimate and fragile spaces, increasingly marginalised by human activities.

Lua Ribeira’s constructed series Subida al Cielo (heavenly ascent) is a personal visualisation, built on the fear of dying. This is work motivated by escape from reality and the longing for mythological significance in contemporary life. It is an allegorical exploration of the inevitable decay of the human body, in relation to classical mythology and religious symbols of mortality.

Jerwood/Photoworks Award
Installation shot: Lua Riberia

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

More than 350 artists responded to a national open call for this year’s awards.

The panel of judges included Photoworks director Celia Davies, head of programme at Jerwood Visual Arts Sarah Williams, photographers Anna Fox and Ori Gersht and writer and photographer Mark Durden.

As well as a bursary of £5,000 each and access to a significant production fund to make new work, the artists underwent a year of developmental support from photography specialists.

Mentors included Mitch Epstein, Michael Mack and Maureen Paley plus the teams at Photoworks and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Exhibition information

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards: Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira, January 17 to March 11.

Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm.

Admission is free.

UK Tour dates: Impressions Gallery, April 6 to June 23, and Belfast Exposed, November 2 to December 22.

Jerwood Visual Arts will host a series of evening events to accompany the exhibition.

Events are free, but must be booked in advance, for more information visit:

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

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