Jerwood/Photoworks Awards:
Frequently Asked Questions

The application portal is now closed.

If you have applied, you can expect to hear back from us by 18 June 2021. All longlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 16 July 2021.
All shortlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 27 July 2021.

Who is the Jerwood/Photoworks Award run by? 

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts, led by Director Lilli Geissendorfer, and Photoworks, led by Director Shoair Mavlian, supported by Spectrum Photographic.


If I reach the interview stage, what format will that interview take? 

Interviews usually take place at Jerwood Arts’ office at Jerwood Space in London, though they may now be video calls due to Covid-19. Interviews last 30 minutes, and you will be interviewed by the full selection panel. 

You will be asked to respond to a number of standard questions that will be consistent for all applicants. We will also ask a few questions relating to your specific proposal, to gain a better understanding of your ideas, as well as their feasibility within time and budget. Interviews are also an opportunity for you to ask us questions. 

We will ask you to tell us about any access needs you have to enable you to attend the interview when you receive the invitation to interview.

Watch previous awardees Alejandra Carles-Tolra (Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2) and Silvia Rosi (Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 3) reflect on the application and selection process and share their top tips for the interview alongside Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts at Jerwood Arts and Julia Bunnemann, Curator at Photoworks who will both be on the selection panel for the fourth edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

Will I get feedback on my application? 

Yes, if you would like to. Applicants will be able to request written feedback on their application. Both Jerwood Arts and Photoworks are small teams, so due to capacity the feedback process will not begin until the selection process has finished at the end of July. We will endeavour to send individual feedback by the end of August 2021. 

We will provide more in-depth feedback and ongoing critical conversation to the shortlisted applicants who are invited to interview but are not selected. This will be on a case-by-case basis and may include informal mentoring, feedback on proposals/work and attending future exhibitions of work.



If I have a disability and/or specific access or care requirements, what support can be offered if my application is successful? 

We recognise that artists with disabilities and/or access requirements may require additional support throughout the year and we have budget available to enable this. 

If you are selected for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, we will invite you to submit an access document to outline your support needs. This is useful at the beginning to provide us with information about what your needs are so that the best structures can be put in place to ensure that you have equal access to work. Regardless of whether you choose to submit an access document, there will be regular confidential ‘check-in’ points to see if your situation has changed, or if there is anything that we might reasonably do with regard to access, to better support your involvement in the awards. 

Please contact Julia Bunnemann, Curator at if you would like to discuss your needs prior to applying.


If I am offered an award, what am I committing to? 

If you are selected for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, we will require a commitment from you to make the time available for the development and production of your new work(s) across 12 months from September 2021 to September 2022, and to the presentations of your work at Jerwood Arts and two other venues in the UK in 2023 (venues to be confirmed) 

The award includes your fee for the initial production and exhibition at Jerwood Space. For each tour venue, there is an additional honorarium (£250) and loan fee (£200) to support your time spent liaising about the presentation and attending the preview.  

The time commitment is one of the reasons why we will not consider an application from anyone, including any member of collaborative practice, who is undertaking part- or full-time formal education at any point during the production and exhibition period (including dissertation writing).  

Please consider the key dates and ensure you can commit enough time to the production of the work(s), the exhibition installations, and promoting your work with us. Please do not apply if you do not feel you will be able to commit an appropriate amount of time.


What does the mentoring involve?  

The Photoworks and Jerwood Arts teams will work with both awardees throughout 2021 and 2022.  

In addition, a pool of high-profile mentors will support the awardees throughout the 12-month development period. Each awardee will receive a lead mentor identified through conversations with them and specific to their ambitions for the development of their practice. Additional experts will be brought in to discuss different aspects of their practice.


What are the terms and conditions if I am selected?

Selected artists will be asked to sign an agreement with Photoworks in advance of receiving the first financial instalment of the award. This agreement will, amongst other things include: 

  • The right for Photoworks and Jerwood Arts to present elements of research and the work(s) on their websites and digital channels on an ongoing basis. 
  • Terms for crediting the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards for its support of the work(s) for future exhibitions and publicity for the work(s). 
  • Terms around future exhibitions of the resulting work(s). 
  • The artists will retain ownership of the work(s) made and it will be loaned to Jerwood Arts for the duration of the exhibition period and national tour. We will support the sale of the work if agreed with the artist. The work will be returned to the artist/maker or its new owner at the end of this time.