Jerwood Encounters Exhibition


Jerwood Encounters exhibition curated by Photoworks

Exhibition Opportunity

Proposals invited from early career artists

Deadline 5pm, 15 July 2013

Working in partnership, Jerwood Visual Arts and Photoworks invite submissions of existing or proposed work for inclusion in a Jerwood Encounters exhibition curated by Photoworks and showing at Jerwood Space, London in November 2013.

Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes new writing on photography and produces exhibitions, books and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial. The Photoworks Annual is published every Autumn. Pairing established names with emerging talent, it provides a platform for existing and newly commissioned work by writers, photographers and artists.

The exhibition will present new commissions and/or existing work by three emerging artists/photographers relating to ‘Family Politics’ – the curatorial theme of the first issue of Photoworks Annual which will launch alongside the exhibition.

Curatorial Theme: Family Politics

As a subject, the family is both private and public: the site of intimate inter-personal relations and a social construct subject to public and political pressures. This relationship is mirrored in examples of family photography. The majority of family pictures serve essentially private functions, accruing meaning through their relationship to the memories, experiences and histories of individuals. However, the family is also the subject of public photographic representation and contestation largely through digital media and ‘over sharing’. This involves a wide variety of practices, including representations in the mass media, art and advertising.


Both Photoworks Annual and the exhibition will be open to the expanded way in which photography is being used today. Work submitted for the exhibition may include approaches not specific to photography (eg sculpture, film, drawing, tapestry) but should draw on a photographic language and reference points.

Submissions are sought from UK-based practitioners who are within five years of graduating or setting up their practice.

How to apply

Please email a PDF document, no larger than 5mb, to including the following information:

1. A short statement outlining how your work (existing or proposed) relates to the theme of ‘family politics’.
2. Up to five images with captions
3. A one page CV


An artist fee of £1000 will be available for participating artists. Some additional production support will also be available for the exhibition dependent on the nature of the works from the Photoworks and Jerwood Visual Arts teams.

Selection Process

All proposals will be considered by members of the Photoworks and Jerwood Visual Arts team. One or more artists will be selected for exhibition.


Deadline for submissions: 5pm 15 July 2013
Artists notified: 26 July
Exhibition development period: July – October
Installation period: 30 October – 4 November
Exhibition open: 6 November – 8 December

Contact Details

Jerwood Visual Arts, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN

Download the Jerwood Space gallery floor plan

%d bloggers like this: