In 2015 we launched the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. A biennial research and development opportunity, the award is open to all UK based artists using photography in the first ten years of developing their practice. The awardees in 2019 were Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson.
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards support photographers, or artists using photography, to make new work and significantly develop their practice. The Awards particularly seek to encourage artists and photographers exploring new approaches to photography, and/or whose practice is experimental.Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson were selected from over 450 submissions in response to an open call to UK-based artists using photography and within 10 years of establishing their practice. The selection panel for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020 is: Aaron Schuman, artist; Marta Weiss, Curator, Photographs, V&A; Shama Khanna, freelance curator and writer; Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks; and Lilli Geissendorfer, Director, Jerwood Arts.
Each artist received £10,000 to develop new work and an additional production fund of £5,000. They have also undertaken a year of developmental mentoring from Renée Mussai, Senior Curator and Head of Archive and Research, Autograph; and Roger Palmer,photographer, and received additional support from Jerwood Arts and Photoworks. Following the exhibition in London the work will tour to Belfast Exposed, Belfast and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.