About

About

Photoworks champions photography for everyone. We are an international platform, global in reach, and have provided opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995. We do not have a physical venue, but our online channels are always open. Our programme brings new experiences to audiences and opens up new ways to encounter photography.

Photoworks is a registered charity and the only organisation with a national remit for photography in England. Our work is supported by public funding through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Photoworks is led by Shoair Mavlian, Director.

Mission

Photoworks champions photography. We are an international platform for artists and audiences, and a registered charity.

Vision

Photography for everyone.

Values

Inclusivity

We strive to be accessible both online and in real life. We are open to all, and everyone is welcome.

Opportunity

We share our knowledge to inspire others, and believe that everyone should have the opportunity to engage with photography.

Responsibility

We take our roles seriously. We care about everyone we work with and about the environments in which we create and operate.

Transparency

We are honest and open and believe in a better, fairer sector for everyone.

Partnership

Working with others to create, facilitate and advocate for photography is at the core of what we do.

Team

Julia Bunnemann
Curator (full-time)

Juliette Buss
Learning & Engagement Consultant (part-time)

Ally Davies
Digital Producer (part-time) Maternity Leave

Shoair Mavlian
Director (full-time)

Margot Minnot Thomas
Learning & Engagement co-ordinator (part time)

Dina Mouhandes
Digital Producer (part-time) Maternity Cover

Raquel Villar-Pérez
Assistant Curator (full-time)

Trustees 

All our trustees contribute their time on a voluntary basis. We are currently recruiting new trustees to our board, please get in touch via email if you would like to know more about this opportunity.

Monica Allende

Trustee

Richard Burton

Deputy Chair

Chris Condron

Trustee

Paul Drewitt

Trustee

David Knaus

Co-Chair

Andy Simpkin

Co-Chair

Freelance staff

We engage freelance workers on a project-by-project basis. Current freelancers include Ricardo Reverón Blanco, Learning & Engagement co-ordinator.

 

The Real Living Wage

We are a Real Living Wage employer and we regularly benchmark our salaries with other not-for-profit arts organisations. The annual salary of our highest-paid full-time member of staff is £40,000.

Artists fees 

Without artists there is no content for our platforms and no work to display in our exhibitions. In line with our aim to provide opportunities for artists, we have drafted a system of minimum fees based on our current financial capabilities as a not-for-profit charity.

Fees stated are the minimum that we pay. We separately cover other costs, such as travel, production, transport and installation. We are always working to improve the fees that we can offer, and review our fees policy every year.

Some examples of the fees we offer include:

  • digital commission (new work) – £500
  • physical exhibition, group show (existing work) – £400
  • series of images for Photography+ (existing work) – £80
  • Instagram takeover – £80
  • images for Photoworks Annual – £50 single image, £20 per image when printed as a series
  • screening fee (existing work) – £100 for one-off screening
  • speakers fee – £100 up to one hour, £150 longer than one hour
  • jury fee – £150. Our jury fees sometimes vary depending on the programme

Volunteering and placements

Like many arts organisations, we sometimes work with volunteers. Photoworks volunteers help to invigilate exhibitions and events, support learning projects and provide excellent experiences for our audiences.

We recognise that volunteering is not an option for everyone. It is our ambition to offer the Real Living Wage for all individuals working with the organisation from 2022. This ambition is part of our fundraising strategy.

Become a Photoworks Friend

Becoming a Photoworks Friend is the only way to receive a Photoworks Festival in a Box. Join now to get yours as well as a range of year round exclusive content, opportunities, invites and 20% off in our online shop.

Join
Photoworks Opportunities

Keep up to date with our latest opportunities as well as ways to learn more about how to get involved with and support our work.

Sign up here

Become a Photoworks Friend

The only way to receive Annual 26 & get exclusive access to our events, content and a 20% shop discount

Join