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Works by Tereza Zelenkova, originally commissioned through the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015. Image: Anna Arca

Jerwood Charitable Foundation announces a second edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

25 July 2016

The second national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards seek outstanding proposals from UK-based artists and photographers using new approaches to photography in their practice.
Three Awards of £5,000 will be made to support the making of new work, alongside a mentoring programme, access 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; and 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 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.

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 what the idea is, what individuals want to achieve with this award, what opportunities the award presents to them 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 found at www.jerwoodvisualarts.org