Open Call: Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship

We are pleased to launch a new opportunity in collaboration with The Ampersand Foundation for a mid-career photographer living in the UK. The Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship will provide a transformative opportunity for a mid-career artist to complete a new body of work.

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 are now open and will close at midnight Sunday 28 February 2021. 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 by April 2021.

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

The awardee will make new work over a period of approximately 12 months throughout 2021, ready to be exhibited by Photoworks in 2022. The entire programme, including the resulting exhibition, will be curated and produced by Photoworks in collaboration with a partner touring venue.

This new opportunity is generously funded by The Ampersand Foundation and supported by our print partner Spectrum Photographic.


Key dates for your diary: 

28 February 2021 – Deadline for applications

15 March 2021 – Longlist candidates notified

22 March 2021 – Shortlist candidates notified and Interviewed

31 March 2021 – Awardee announced

1 April 2021 to March 2022 – Making period, public programme and digital content

Mid 2022 onwards – Exhibition launches


How to apply:

1. Applications should be submitted via the platform Picter. You will need to create a Picter account and begin your application for the Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship by filling in your personal details.

2. Please answer the following three questions and upload to Picter as a PDF.

  • Please give an overview of your project (Max 500 words)
  • How would your project ideally be exhibited? (Max 250 words)
  • How would this opportunity be transformative for your career? How would it help you make the step change that you need? (Max 250 words)

3. Submit up to 15 images. These can be work in progress images from the project you are pitching or examples of previous work.


Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship FAQs

We're Hiring - Photoworks are looking for a Deputy Director

Are you an enthusiastic and inspiring leader? Join our team and help deliver our mission, vision and artistic programme.

This post is an exciting opportunity to work with the Director to lead Photoworks in our next chapter, playing a key part in delivering the organisation’s ambitious plans for the future.

Fundraising and business development is a central part of this role. We raise income to fund our programme through Trusts & Foundations, sponsorship, individual giving, membership and our online shop. Key among your early projects will be developing and implementing a strategy for Trust & Foundation fundraising. You will also work with the director to develop the organisation’s next business plan in the lead up to the upcoming round of Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding.

Deadline to apply is 9 am Monday 15 February 2021. To find out more please download the Deputy Director Job Description.

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