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Silvia Rosi, Self Portrait of my Mother Self Portrait of my Father , Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020 supported by Jerwood Arts and Photoworks. Installation view at Jerwood Space. Photo - Anna Arca

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

A biennial development and commissioning opportunity for artists working with photography in partnership with Photoworks.

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. They support UK-based artists who are within one to ten years of beginning their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition.

The awards seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography by providing sustained critical and practical support over a 12-month period. Since 2018 they have awarded two artists in each edition with a £10,000 artist fee, £5,000 production budget, access to a £5,000 printing budget, high-profile mentoring support and a two-person exhibition in London followed by a subsequent UK tour. The awardees also receive substantial curatorial support from Jerwood Arts and Photoworks over this period.

We launched this initiative in response to a need for opportunities that support early-career artists in making and presenting new work with sustained support from established professionals. The awards tackle a significant gap in the provision of time and mentoring within the photography sector and aim to support artists to fulfil the potential of bold new ideas.

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.

The Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Photoworks, supported by Spectrum Photographic.


Artists selected for Jerwood/Photoworks Awards to date:

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4: Call for Entries now closed.

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 3: Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2: Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 1: Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova