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.
Artists selected for Jerwood/Photoworks Awards to date:
Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4: Heather Agyepong and Joanne Coates
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