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. 

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 between 13 and 18 that delve into English Heritage stories, places and people, and capture our current situations through the lens of history. 

Each 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 4pm-6pm on Zoom. 

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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. 

Join the team as Digital Programme Producer (Maternity Cover)

 

Photoworks is recruiting! We’re looking for a highly organised, dynamic individual with a passion for digital to join the team as Digital Programme Producer (Maternity Cover). This is a part-time position (three days per week) and a fixed-term contract starting 14 September 2020 until 29 July 2021, paid at £22,000-£25,000 pro rata depending on experience.

You’ll have a strong interest in digital trends and good understanding of digital audiences. You might not be from an arts background – but you’ll have a passion for visual art/photography and culture. This post is an exciting opportunity to work with the Audience Development & Communications Manager to deliver Photoworks’s digital programme and digital communications strategy. By producing high-quality, engaging and accessible content tailored to each platform, the Digital Programme Producer (Maternity Cover) will support Photoworks’s digital audience development and audience engagement.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

To apply, please email your CV (no more than two pages) and a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to raquel@photoworks.org.uk. You must also complete our anonymous monitoring form. If you would like to submit your application as a video or audio file, or to request the recruitment pack in large print, please contact raquel@photoworks.org.uk. Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 13 July 2020.

Download the recruitment pack Complete the monitoring form

Festive commission

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

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

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.

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