Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2016

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Call for entries ends 2 November 2016

The second national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards seek outstanding proposals from UK-based artists and photographers using new approaches to photography in their practice.

Submission fee: £10

Three Awards of £5,000 will be made to support the making of new work, alongside a mentoring programme, access to a significant additional production fund of up to £5,000 per artist, a group exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space (from January 2018) with a subsequent UK exhibition tour. Spectrum Photographic are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards Official Print Partner.

Presented every two years, the Awards are open to all practitioners using photography and applicants must be resident in the UK. There is no age limitation and no requirement for art school or university education. Applicants will be expected to be within ten years of establishing their practice or graduating. Moving image work is not eligible for the Awards.

The selection panel will include: Celia Davies, Director, Photoworks Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts Anna Fox, photographer Ori Gersht, photographer Mark Durden, writer and artist.

The three selected artists will be announced in January 2017.

A high-profile pool of mentors from artistic, curatorial, literary and other perspectives will support the selected artists for twelve months after selection. Drawing on established talents from varied fields of practice, the mentors will be chosen to best support the selected artists’ projects. Both the Photoworks and Jerwood Visual Arts teams will offer curatorial and logistical support work with and support the artists throughout 2017.

The three winners of the first Jerwood/Photoworks Awards were: Joanna Piotrowska, Matthew Finn and Tereza Zelenkova. A group exhibition of work resulting from the inaugural Jerwood/Photoworks Awards was shown at Jerwood Space, London and Impressions Gallery, Bradford; and will continue its UK tour at Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Aug-Oct 2016 and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Oct-Dec 2016. Mentors for the previous edition of the Awards included: Alec Soth, Gillian Wearing, Broomberg & Chanarin, Francis Hodgson and Michael Mack.

The selection panel will consider the track record of applicants’ experience to date and the potential of the ideas submitted. They will also be interested in how this particular opportunity and context could catalyse potential positive developments for selected artists’ practice and profile. A showcase of works by all the shortlisted artists will be published on the Photoworks website in 2017.

Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks says, The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are unique in that they’re a rounded opportunity, developed within a supportive framework. It’s not just a fund, but a process of opportunity and development for practitioners. We’re looking for well thought-out proposals that use, make, exploit and reflect on the potential of photography within our contemporary visual culture and how in turn this contributes to photography as a wider practice. Strong artistic proposals will tell us what the idea is, what individuals want to achieve with this award, what opportunities the award presents to them and, importantly, why the award is right for applicants at this point in their ongoing artistic development.

Sarah Williams, Head of Programme, Jerwood Visual Arts says Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks have a strong, shared commitment to supporting artists. These Awards are distinct from current opportunities in photography and focus on supporting the creation and exhibition of substantial new work, including a valuable ongoing programme of professional mentorship from a dream-list of practitioners.

The closing date for submissions is midnight GMT 2 November 2016 – information and details of how to apply can be found at

Key Dates:

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards Call for Entries opens: Monday 25 July – 2 November 2016

Current Jerwood/Photoworks Awards exhibition tour continues:

5 August – 1 October 2016

Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF

Northern Ireland’s principal gallery of contemporary photography, commissioning, publishing and showing work by local

and international photographers. @BelfastExposed

28 October-18 December 2016

Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1BP

Established in 1977 Open Eye Gallery is the leading public photography gallery in the North West. @OpenEyeGallery

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