The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards focus on the production of new work. A panel of associates supports all our awardees throughout and beyond the production process, but awardees have also been paired with Core Mentors for particular attention.

Elinor Carucci, Elizabeth Edwards, Aaron Schuman and Gillian Wearing, have been specifically selected as Core Mentors for their approaches to supporting and making new photographic work.

Read about the Core Mentors below

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 Elinor Carucci, Core Mentor to Matthew Finn
“I am so happy to take part in the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, and to help the wonderful process of creating opportunities and support for emerging artists, making it possible for them to develop their unique voices and vision.”

Elinor Carucci

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year.

Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group shows include The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago and The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010.Carucci has published three monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a dancer, SteidlMack 2005 and MOTHER, Prestel 2013.Carucci currently teaches at the graduate program of photography at School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery. Her recent solo exhibition, The Effect of Motherhood, showing images from both personal work and editorial stories, opened 11 May, 2015.


Elizabeth Edwards, Core Mentor to Matthew Finn
“The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a truly imaginative way of bringing different photographic skills and interests together in productive dialogue. I find it both compelling and rewarding to see such exciting new work emerge from these conversations to the enrichment of all.”


Elizabeth Edwards is visual and historical anthropologist interested in the relationships between photography, anthropology and history.



Gillian Wearing, Core Mentor to Joanna Piotrowksa
“It’s great to support the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards and that they are committed to nurturing new talent”.

Gillian Wearing

For over two decades, Gillian Wearing’s films, photographs and sculptures have investigated public personas and private lives. Since the beginning of her career, the artist has drawn from techniques of theatre, reality television and fly-on-the-wall documentary-making to construct narratives that explore personal fantasies and confessions, individual traumas, cultural histories, and the role of the media.

Anonymity through elaborate masks, costumes and role-play has remained a critical part of Wearing’s practice and influential investigation of the ways in which individuals present themselves to others when the self is temporarily concealed.

Born in 1963 in Birmingham, Wearing present lives and works in London. She received a bachelor of technology degree in art & design from London’s Chelsea School of Art in 1987 and a BFA from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London in 1990. An important member of the Young British Artists, Wearing was awarded the Turner Prize in 1997.

In 2012, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London presented a major retrospective of the artist’s work, which traveled to K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, and to Pinakothek der Moderne’s Museum Brandhorst in Munich in 2013.  Wearing’s permanent sculpture A Real Birmingham Family opened in 2014 in Centenary Square outside the new Library of Birmingham, UK.

Other important solo presentations include Gillian Wearing at the Pinakothek der Moderne in the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Germany, Self Made at the 54th BFI London Film Festival (2010), Confessions: Portraits, Videos at Musée Rodin in Paris (2009), Living Proof at ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne (2006), Snapshot at Bloomberg Space in London (2005), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland (2004), and Mass Observation, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2002 and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and to Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada in 2003.

Her work has also been shown at the Museum of Modern Art & MoMA PS1 in New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre in London, Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, New Museum in New York, George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY, and at the Hessel Museum at Bard College in New York.

Her photographs and films are represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Britain, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Contemporary Art Society in London, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Kunsthaus Zürich, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.



Aaron Schuman, Core Mentor to Tereza Zelenkova 

“In placing a strong emphasis on photographic experimentation and exploration, in identifying and giving exposure to some of the UK’s most promising practitioners, and in providing genuine support (financial and otherwise) for artists to develop, produce and exhibit new and engaging photographic work, the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards represent one of the most vital contributions to both the UK’s photographic community and the country’s wider cultural landscape, and make a truly significant, positive and resonant impact within the world of visual culture at large.”

Aaron Schuman

Aaron Schuman is an American artist, writer, editor and curator, based in the United Kingdom.  His photographic works – such as FOLK (2014), Summer Set (2013), Redwoods (2012), and Once Upon a Time in the West (2011) – have been exhibited and published internationally, and are held in a number of public and private collections.

Additionally, Schuman regularly writes for publications such as FriezeApertureFoam, HotshoePhotoworksTIMEThe British Journal of Photography, and more; he has also contributed essays to several recent books, including Vision Anew (University of California Press, 2015), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014), Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals (Prestel, 2014), C-Photo: Observed (IvoryPress, 2013), Photographs Not Taken (Daylight, 2012), Words Without Pictures (Aperture, 2010), and the forthcoming Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK, 2015).

In 2014, Schuman served as Chief Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014’s exhibition programme, Re:Search.  Additionally, he has curated a number of other shows, including Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs (Fotofest, 2010), Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen (Hotshoe Gallery, 2011), and In Appropriation: Broomberg & Chanarin, Melinda Gibson, Seba Kurtis, Esther Teichmann, Michael Wolf (Houston Center of Photography, 2012).  Schuman is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and the Arts University Bournemouth, and is the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine.

See here for more of Aaron’s work.


The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England.

For the list of Jerwood/Photoworks Awards associate mentors click here.

For more information about Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 click here.

For more information about the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 winners click here

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