Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards call for entries

The third Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is now open for entries. Outstanding UK-based artists and photographers have until November 5 to submit their applications.

To make the awards more accessible, this year there will be no application fees.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks are seeking proposals from artists using new approaches to photography in their practice.

Photoworks director Shoair Mavlian said: “We are excited to continue our collaboration with Jerwood Charitable Foundation to deliver this opportunity.

“The third edition of the awards offers a significant development opportunity for two exceptional artists.

“We’re particularly keen to see submissions from artists exploring new approaches to contemporary photographic practice.

“A strong proposal will clearly communicate the artist’s idea, how the award will help deliver a step change in their practice and why the award is right for them at this time.”

The prizes

Two artists will receive £10,000 each and will undergo an extensive and high-profile mentoring programme during a year-long development period.

They will also have access to an additional production fund as they make a significant body of new work for a two-person exhibition.

The exhibition will go on show in London in January 2020 as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, with a subsequent UK exhibition tour.

All shortlisted artists will receive mentoring from Photoworks.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation director Lilli Geissendorfer said: “Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks have a strong, shared commitment to supporting artists.

“The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards remain a unique opportunity for early career artists to make a significant body of new work during a year of support from a list of mentors.

“We have been thinking about how to make the awards more accessible and we hope that the changes that we have made will allow those artists with the most potential to take up this opportunity irrespective of their wider circumstances.”

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Presented every two years, the awards are open to arts practitioners using photography who are within 10 years of establishing their practice.

There is no age limit for applicants and there are no requirements for formal education or qualifications.

In recognition of the increasing pressures faced by many artists, this edition will not require an application fee.

Applicants also have the alternative of submitting a video or audio proposal.

Alongside the extensive mentoring programme offered to the two awardees, shortlisted artists will be invited to undertake mentoring with the Photoworks team of expert curators and arts professionals.

The selection panel will include artist, writer and curator Aaron Schuman alongside Mavlian and Geissendorfer.

Two further panellists will be announced over the coming weeks.

Panellists will consider applicants’ track record and the potential of the ideas submitted.

They will also assess what impact the opportunity would have on developing the artists’ practice, career and profile.

Previous winners

Alumni of the Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards include: Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin, Lua Ribeira, Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova.

Piotrowska and Carles-Tolra have both had works acquired for the Arts Council Collection. Two of Piotrowska’s works now also reside in MOMA’s collection.

Ribeira was recently announced as a Magnum Nominee – a precursor to becoming an Associate Artist – and was a runner-up for the Bar Tur Photobook Award.

Carles-Tolra said: “The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards have been an incredible opportunity for me to push myself creatively.

“The support, both financially and in terms of critical feedback, gave me the time and space to experiment and try new approaches.

“Overall it has had a direct and positive impact in the way I make my work.”

Laughlin said: “The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards were a turning point in my practice.

“The funding, mentoring and exhibition tour allowed me to take my work to the next level. It felt like I was doing an MA, with a stellar line up of tutors, and all the costs covered.”

How to enter

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on November 5.

More information and details of how to apply can be found at and

The awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by official print partner Spectrum Photographic.

Longlist candidates will be notified on November 19 with the shortlist announced on November 26.

Awardees will be announced in December.

The current, second edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards exhibition tour continues at Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF, from November 2 to December 22.

Main image: Installation shot Sam Laughlin, current exhibition tour

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