Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020 - Theo Simpson

Theo Simpson shares his experiences of being part of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020.

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards support photographers, or artists using photography, to make new work and significantly develop their practice. The Awards particularly seek to encourage artists and photographers exploring new approaches to photography, and/or whose practice is experimental.

Theo Simpson’s practice is drawn from the evolving environments and elements of the world we live in today, the notion of landscape is expanded through an intersection of theory, fact and myth, oscillating between topological studies, technological innovation, social analysis and a speculation of the future. The artists work navigates between real and imagined worlds; pictures of human possibility, political impulses and economic transformations. Created as self-contained pieces, the works are made by both hand and machine; principally incorporating various photographic and engineering techniques alongside a combination of other mediums and disciplines such as sculpture, drawing and printmaking.

The two artists Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson were selected from over 450 submissions in response to an open call to UK-based photography practitioners within 10 years of establishing their practice. They each receive an award of £10,000 to support the making of new work for an exhibition at Jerwood Space and subsequent UK tour,  alongside an additional production fund of £5000 and high-profile mentoring support from an international panel of experts for at least 12 months.

Selectors: Aaron Schuman, artist; Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs at V&A Museums; Shama Khanna, freelance curator and writer; Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks; and Lilli Geissendorfer, Director of Jerwood Arts.