Jerwood/Photoworks Award 2021

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 particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography.

Now in their fourth edition, the Awards are for UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition. The call for entries will launch on Thursday 18 March and there is no age limit or fee to apply.

Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each with a full package of support from Jerwood Arts and Photoworks to create new work over a 12-month period. This includes:

  • £10,000 artist fee
  • £5,000 production budget
  • Access to a £5,000 printing budget from print partner Spectrum Photographic
  • Mentoring support from a high-profile international pool of experts for at least 12-months
  • Curatorial support from Jerwood Arts and Photoworks
  • A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Arts programme at Jerwood Space (from October 2022)
  • A UK touring exhibition

The full value of each award package is £32,000

The Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Photoworks, supported by Spectrum Photographic. Previous recipients have included Silvia Rosi, Theo Simpson, Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin, Lua Ribeira, Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova.

The application portal will be open from 2pm on Thursday 18 March and will close at 10am on Wednesday 12 May. Applications can be made through the Jerwood Arts application portal and full application guidance will be available on this page.

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Find out more about the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards here.