Photoworks has a wide range of opportunities for everyone to engage with photography. Take a look and see what is here for you.
Our curatorial programme is designed to create opportunities for artists to make and exhibit new work. You can find our opportunities below as well as a selection of opportunities from the global photography community.
Learning and Engagement Artist Facilitators:
Expression of Interest
© Alejandra Carles-Tolra, In Focus Photography Club, 2019
Photoworks champions photography for everyone. We are an international platform, global in reach, and have provided opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995. We do not have a physical venue, but our online channels are always open. Our programme brings new experiences to audiences and opens up new ways to encounter photography.
Get in touch:
We are currently expanding our network of experienced artist facilitators and would like to invite artists and educators interested in working with us on our learning and engagement programme to get in touch.
We are keen to expand our database of artist facilitators who want to work with us and collaborate on future programmes.
Additionally, we will also be developing professional programmes for artist facilitators. Get in touch to be kept informed of these opportunities.
What we are looking for:
A strong artistic practice is required, along with experience of working with children, young people or adults in a variety of settings and contexts. An interest in socially engaged practices is ideal but not necessary.
Creating a strong network of artists from varying backgrounds and experience will allow us to provide the best possible match to reflect the experiences of the communities we work with.
In addition, we are also keen to be in touch with artists and educators with experience of, or an interest in developing learning resources for teachers at all levels, across a range of subjects and themes. If this is something you are interested in, please do let us know.
What we do:
Our learning programmes are designed to support children, young people, teachers, families and communities. All our activities are led by artists and specifically structured to encourage making, talking and engagement with photography.
Ongoing programmes include Into the Outside, a queer youth programme sharing and celebrating stories from LGBTQ+ young people, In Focus, a programme of action research and photography activities for neurodiverse adults and young people, and Photography Club, a programme of regular workshops for 13-16 year olds to develop their camera skills, visit cultural organisations and produce work for an exhibition.
Since Covid 19, we have successfully moved a number of our learning & engagement activities online. In the long term we anticipate programmes will include a mix of online and face to face workshops.
If you feel you have limited experience but have an interest in increasing your facilitation skills and experience, please do also get in touch as we will let you know about any opportunities for professional development or mentoring as they arise.
We are keen to expand our database of artist facilitators who want to work with us and collaborate on future programmes. Although there are no specific opportunities at the moment while we research and develop future programmes, once an opportunity becomes available we will circulate a public open-call and invite you to apply.
Photoworks strives to be inclusive and accepts submissions in a range of formats. Please email the following to email@example.com, with the subject line ‘L&E Facilitator Expression of Interest – your name’:
- a CV of no more than two pages, OR a video OR voice note no more than three minutes in length setting out your skills and experience
- a link to your artwork (website, pdf or other)
- tell us why you would like to be part of our network and any particular experience you would like to highlight (100 words OR a 1 min voice note OR a 1 min. video)
Please also complete this anonymous equal opportunities monitoring form (which will be kept separate from your submission).
We are accepting expressions of interest on a rolling basis. We will add your details to our database and let you know as and when relevant opportunities arise.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email us your phone number and we will call you back.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Young artists - we want you to tell your unique story through photography!
Share your pictures of the stories that get left out of the history books, and help us discover an alternative narrative of heritage through photography this summer.
Join in with a new project from us and English Heritage, as part of Shout Out Loud that asks young photographers to create new digital photographic artworks exploring their heritage – especially untold heritage.
Artist Alejandra Carles-Tolra will lead a series of four free workshops for young people aged between 13 and 18 that delve into stories, places and people, and capture our current situations through the lens of history. The workshops have been co-devised by Alejandra and Annis Joslin.
Each fortnightly workshop will focus on a different sub-theme revealed via English Heritage and Photoworks channels. The workshops will all introduce creative approaches to photography, helping participants develop their ideas, with an introduction to simple photographic processes.
Workshops take place on 17 July, 31 July, 14 August, 28 August from 4-6pm on Zoom. They are free to attend. Join for just one or all four.Book your place
An Easy Read version of the call out for this project can be downloaded below. If you are a young person who would like to take part and has additional support needs get in touch and we can discuss how best to support you. Please email email@example.com.Easy Read version
Are you a young person aged 13 – 25 but can’t join the workshops? Don’t worry, you can still get involved!
Following the workshops we will share simple digital learning resources on our platforms. Keep an eye out for those!
You can also share your photographs of your Untold Heritage with us on Instagram by using #UntoldHeritage #EnglandsNewLenses #AlternativeNarratives and tag @EH_ShoutOutLoud and @photoworks_uk
We will share our favourite submissions on English’s Heritage’s Shout Out Loud Instagram and website and Photoworks’ Instagram stories and website. We will also give mentoring opportunities from both organisations to one successful photographer who creates work that engages with the theme in the most creative way.
What is untold heritage? Some ideas from us!
We want everyone to explore ‘my heritage’ and ‘heritage of the future’, documenting the people, places, and communities that have shaped you at this moment in history, and the heritage you will hand down to future generations. This could be a photographic exploration of :
- your personal ancestry and family (such as family, ancestry, traditions, etc.)
- untold heritage (community stories, stories about work, places of significance, community, etc.)
- future heritage (national conversations like climate change, inequality and housing ect.)
We can’t wait to see the work you create which tells your stories, inspired by your heritage!
Want to learn more?
This project is part of our anniversary programme looking at Alternative Narratives, which attempts to rethink traditional photographic histories and supports artists whose work has been lesser seen and under-acknowledged to date and highlight their practice.
Untold Heritage is part of Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme. Shout Out Loud is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by the Government’s Youth Accelerator Fund.
Each year, Photoworks commissions an artist working with photography at any stage in their career to create a digital seasonal greeting card. The artwork is used by Photoworks across our digital platforms to celebrate the new year, and the commission is an opportunity for artists to submit playful, seasonal images for our global audience. The commissioning fee is £500.
Writer in residence
Each year, Photoworks appoints a writer in residence to work on Photography+, our online magazine. Each writer in residence works with our team to plan content, and contributes an article to each issue across the calendar year. The commissioning fee for the writer is £1,500.
Ampersand Foundation residency
Photoworks is pleased to partner with the Ampersand Foundation to offer an annual residency and professional development opportunity for artists working with photography. Our current resident is Freddy Griffiths
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a biennial research and development opportunity that provide artists working with photography financial support and mentorship to enable the creation of new work. Two beneficiaries each receive a £10,000 cash bursary, a £10,000 production budget (including in-kind printing supported by Spectrum) and a UK touring exhibition.