Recipients of the Third Jerwood/Photoworks Awards Announced
Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson
Presented every two years, the Awards are open to artists using photography who are based in the UK and within ten years of establishing their practice. The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England and Official Print Partner, Spectrum Photographic.
Selected from over 450 submissions, Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson will each receive:
- £10,000 to support the making of new work
- Access to an additional production fund of £5,000
- High-profile mentoring support from an international panel of experts for at least 12 month
- A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Arts programme at Jerwood Space (from January 2020)
- A subsequent UK joint exhibition tour
About the Selection Panel
The all new selection panel for this third edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards was:
- Lilli Geissendorfer, Director, Jerwood Arts
- Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks
- Aaron Schuman, Artist, Writer, Editor and Curator
- Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs V&A Museum
- Shama Khanna, Curator, Educator & Writer
About the Awardees
Silvia Rosi (b. 1992, Scandiano, Italy) lives and works in London. Rosi is a Togolaise/Italian artist, working with photography to explore ideas of memory, migration and diaspora. She graduated from London College of Communication in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. Recent exhibitions include Emergence, The Art Pavilion, Mile End link (2016); Beyond the Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival (2016); Black Blossom Exhibition – Highlighting the Voices of Black Women, UAL Showroom; London (2016)
Silvia Rosi’s work explores the concept of the family album and the idea of re-staging archival images through self-portrayal. Her photographs reference the West African studio portrait, relating to her family history and their history of migration.
“I applied for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards to present my ideas related to a project that is really close to my heart and that I deeply want to develop. I’m really happy to receive the award and to share the making of this project with you. This award will not only grant me support while developing this project, but will allow me to share it with as many people as I could possibly dream of.”
Theo Simpson (b.1986, Doncaster) lives and works in Lincolnshire, UK. Recent exhibitions include Loading, group show, Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2018); Part and Whole, solo show, Foam 3H, Amsterdam, 2018; A Green and Pleasant Land, group show, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2017); The land of the day before, solo show, Webber Gallery, London (2017). He was also the 2017 Outset Unseen Exhibition Fund Winner. Simpson is featured in public collections including, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Foam photography museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Tate Artists’ Book Library, London, UK.
The central ideas in Theo Simpson’s work are drawn from the evolving environments and elements of the world we live in today. The work is articulated around key historical and political moments, but is not confined to them. It sets these moments in the context of history’s long game: the way that the transformations of a globalising world emerge from seams of rock and mineral deposits, from constellations of innovations, technology, and necessity. Each piece of Simpson’s work is engineered as a self-contained piece, yet never pertains to one set structure. As an ensemble, the works speak and imagine with alternating complexity – gathering energy in the oscillation between forces, setting the promises and myth of the past alongside wonder and speculation on the future.
“This award will enable me to push further forward into increasingly unchartered territory, to explore ever complex and ambitious approaches to the ideas circulating in my work and the realisation of those ideas.”
Second Jerwood/Photoworks Awards: Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira
UK exhibition tour continues
Following showings at Jerwood Space, London, and Impressions Gallery, Bradford, the group exhibition of new work enabled by the second Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, continues its UK tour, showing at Belfast Exposed 2 November 2018 – 22 December 2018