© Joanne Coates, Grouse Moor, Heather Burning, from the series The Lie of the Land, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 at Jerwood Space this 23 September presenting two major new commissions by Heather Agyepong and Joanne Coates.

In developing these commissions, both artists have gone on a personal journey with their practice; reaching beyond photography, to implement activism, sociology, philosophy, archiving, and cultural studies in their work. In ego death, Heather Agyepong explores the concept of the shadow self, our unconscious personality that we deem unacceptable and therefore repress. Joanne Coates’ The Lie of the Land explores the social history of the land, narrating a story of gender and class in relation to the countryside of the North East of England.

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice.

23 September – 10 December 2022

Jerwood Space
171 Union Street


The events programme for Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 draws out key critical themes in the exhibition, enabling new ways of experiencing the commissions and hearing from the artists themselves.

All events are free to attend, booking is required.


Jerwood Lates: Exhibition Tour with Heather Agyepong and Julia Bunnemann
We open our doors for an evening viewing of Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4; join artist Heather Agyepong and Julia Bunnemann (Curator, Photoworks) for a tour during your visit to gain insights into the works, processes, and ideas behind the exhibition.

Panel Discussion: The Countryside Code
An evening of discussion and activities convened by artist Joanne Coates responding to her work with working class, rural communities in the development of The Lie of the Land. This event offers reflections and ideas for cultural workers and artists on working closely with rural communities in cultural activities and production.

Jerwood Lates: Exhibition Tour with Joanne Coates and Mirren Kessling
Join artist Joanne Coates and Mirren Kessling (Visual Arts Programme Manager, Jerwood Arts) for an exhibition tour and late night viewing of the exhibition.

In Conversation: Heather Agyepong and Melanie Keen    
Heather Agyepong discusses her commission ego death with Melanie Keen, Director at Wellcome Collections.

Movement Workshop: ego death
Join Movement Director, Choreographer and Somatic Body Worker Imogen Knight for a workshop using the body to create movements in response to Heather Agyepong’s commission ego death.

Morning Tours: Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 
Drop in and learn more about the artists commissions in an exhibition tour led by our Visual Arts Assistants Aidan Quinn and Mohammed Adel.


Event dates and booking links will be available soon.


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