Photoworks is the UK’s leading development agency dedicated to photography. In collaboration with local, national and international partners, we connect outstanding artists with diverse audiences to champion talent and ambition. Our internationally recognised programme includes commissions, exhibitions, publishing, learning and large-scale public events.

Photoworks fosters new talent through the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards; publishes Photoworks Annual, an influential journal on photography and visual culture, tours Photoworks Presents, a flagship live talks and events programme and produces the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest international photography festival.

Photoworks is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England.

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Photoworks is dedicated to enabling participation in photography, the most democratic medium of our contemporary visual culture. We do this by connecting outstanding artists with diverse audiences through major cultural projects including the Brighton Photo Biennial and Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, artists commissions, our learning and engagement projects with communities and our publishing and events programmes.

Photoworks is a charitable organisation funded by Arts Council England. As a leading national development agency for photography, we have produced some of the most talked about and acclaimed photography and artist projects of the past two decades.

To achieve our ambitions over the next decade we rely on the support of those who share our passion for photography and want to help us to support artists to make new work that is relevant to our contemporary society and that often brings different communities together.

By donating to Photoworks you are supporting our innovative programme. We sincerely value every donation.

We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the Arts Council England Catalyst Evolve grant. This means any money you generously donate to us is match-funded pound for pound by Arts Council England, doubling the effect of your donation. Plus, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your donation even more.

Make either a one-off gift or a recurring donation via PayPal

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Alternatively, please contact Kirsty Coates, Deputy Director to discuss your support (kirsty@photoworks.org.uk / 01273 642 237)

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Cultural, Strategic and Sponsorship partnerships with Photoworks

We offer our partners a dynamic, year-round programme of commissions and exhibitions, complemented by a diverse and innovative education and events programme.

In return for support, sponsors enjoy a wider range of associated benefits and privileges: all unique, bespoke and individually tailored to specific business objectives.

Create stand-out brand positioning with integration across dedicated marketing and promotional campaigns.

Access the influential Photoworks brand and creative content for developing your own targeted communication materials.

Develop your client base and new audiences for your brand.

Showcase your own product and innovation and engage crucial B2B and B2C clients.

Engage with key influencers, including photographers, curators, writers and artist collectives across the spectrum of contemporary photographic practice.

Share our extensive networks and contacts in the national and international photography, art, museum and gallery worlds.

Strengthen client relationships and employee loyalty by offering unusual and unique experiences, including exclusive studio visits, artist and curator tours.

Associate yourself with an important and forward thinking agency at an exceptional time for photography.

To discuss cultural and strategic partnerships please contact Celia Davies, Director, Photoworks at celia@photoworks.org.uk

For further information on how sponsoring Photoworks might benefit your business contact Kirsty Coates, Deputy Director, Photoworks at kirsty@photoworks.org.uk

Brighton Photo Biennial

Photoworks produces the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest curated international photography festival. Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 saw 372,981 visits to 19 exhibitions and 50 events with 47 cultural partners during and beyond the core 30 day festival period.

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Exhibitions and Commissions

We aim to make remarkable, well-made projects fostering creativity in artists and audiences alike. Underlining innovation, curiosity and the creation of new work, we pair practitioners’ ideas with dynamic organisations and often unusual spaces.

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Learning and Engagement

All our activities are underpinned by learning and engagement. Our broad programme appeals to all kinds of people, with a range of interests, needs and experience. Our participatory projects are developed collaboratively and involve small local communities alongside national/international initiatives. We are an Arts Award Supporter.

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As publishers we are inquisitive. We ask writers, thinkers, photographers, artists and experts to re-imagine ideas and move freely between the different ways photography is used and thought about. We aim to be an insightful and relevant voice that considers how photography shapes, and is shaped by, wider cultural, social and political currents that in turn shape our own understanding of the world.

In addition to regularly commissioned online articles, our imprint includes photobooks, books about photographic theory, artist monographs and our journal Photoworks, now published as Photoworks Annual.

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Environmental Policy

Photoworks is dedicated to enabling participation in photography, the most democratic medium of our contemporary visual culture. We do this by connecting outstanding artists with diverse audiences through an innovative range of projects, events and platforms. Collaboration is central to our work, making us an agile organisation, able to deliver projects at local, regional, national and international level.

We recognise that our activities have an impact on the environment in terms of the use of raw materials, emissions to air and water, and waste generation, and seek to minimise this as far as is reasonably practicable.

Photoworks is committed to:

  • Continual improvement in its environmental performance
  • Preventing pollution
  • Compliance with all environmental legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the industry sector in which it operates.

It is the policy of Photoworks to:

  • Make efficient use of natural resources by conserving energy and water, minimising waste, and recycling where possible
  • Meet its duty of care requirements in relation to waste by ensuring the safe keeping, transportation and subsequent recovery or disposal of waste
  • Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers.
  • Source and promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.
  • Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company.

Photoworks will review this policy on annual basis, taking account of any changes within legislation and our organisation, and other factors.

We will communicate this policy to all our employees and ensure that they are given appropriate training to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Accessibility Statement

We want everyone who visits the Photoworks website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

What are we doing?

Our aim is to make our website as accessible as possible to the widest range of visitors and customers. This means considering the specific needs of those with visual or physical impairments, learning difficulties and other forms of disability. In addition, it means having an understanding of different browser technologies. Our site has been produced to meet current best practices and guidelines.
To help us make the Photoworks website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user-friendly for everyone.
The benefits of this approach:

  • The site is available to as wide an audience as possible and across a variety of technologies.
  • The site meets guidelines for those users who may have impairments and difficulties using the web.
  • The site loads quicker and uses less bandwidth.

All websites through which a Public Authority offers services or information to the public need to comply with the Equalities Act 2010. The Equalities Act was introduced with the intention of comprehensively tackling the discrimination which many disabled people or others having ‘protected characteristics’ under the Act face. The Equalities Act replaces the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the duties imposed thereunder. Websites must be made accessible under the Act and comply with all relevant Codes of Practice or other Statutory Guidance which may be in force from time to time.

How are we doing?

We’ve worked hard on the Photoworks website and we monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.

Let us know what you think

If you enjoyed using the Photoworks website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you so please do email us at info@photoworks.org.uk.