Photoworks is delighted to launch the second iteration of  the Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship. The Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship will provide a transformative opportunity for a mid-career artist to complete a new body of work. Launched in collaboration with The Ampersand Foundation for a mid-career photographer living in the UK.

Whilst many opportunities exist for emerging and graduate photographers including our own Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, the UK currently has few high-profile open access opportunities for mid-career photographers that support artists to make and exhibit new work. This new opportunity aims to enable and nurture the creation of new work through a combination of support including a £15,000 award, mentoring and curatorial support, a dedicated public programme and digital content with international reach, production budget and touring exhibition.

The artist will be selected through a free open call; submissions open Friday 28 April and close midnight Tuesday 30 May. We are looking for projects which are already in the development phase that will benefit from financial resources and curatorial guidance and which can be completed in a 12 month timeframe.

The shortlist and final selection of the fellowship awardee will be decided by an expert panel of curators and artists.

The awardee will make new work over a period of approximately 12 months throughout 2023 ready to be exhibited by Photoworks in 2024. The entire programme, including the resulting exhibition, will be curated and produced by Photoworks in collaboration with partner touring venues.

This opportunity is generously funded by The Ampersand Foundation and supported by our print partner Spectrum Photographic and Picter. Photoworks is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted via the platform Picter. It’s free to make an account and to enter. Please find the link here.

When is the deadline?

Deadline is midnight CET, Sunday 28 February.

What do you mean by mid-career artist?

We see mid-career to mean people who have more than 10 years of experience to date. This is self-defined, and it is up to each applicant to determine if they are mid-career.

Is there an age restriction?

No, there is no age limit or age restriction.

Who will be looking at my application?

Your application will be viewed by a jury of curators and artists that will be announced shortly.

Is this opportunity right for me?

This opportunity is for artists who are looking for financial and mentoring support to finish a body of work. Someone who is looking for the next step in their career, perhaps to secure their first major institutional show. They should be enthusiastic about the range of associated support such as mentoring, curatorial support and the creation of digital legacy content.

What do you mean by ‘the project should be in the development phase’?

We expect that you are well into the research and development phase of the project and have tested the idea to see if it is a viable project. You may have done some test shoots already or are in the final stages of planning. Or you may have a long term project which is coming to an end and need financial support or curatorial guidance to finish the project.

We will be updating the FAQ’s regularly so please check back for further information.



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