Apply for our mid-career artists opportunity!

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

The Fellowship is one of the few UK based high-profile open access opportunities for mid-career photographers that supports artists in making and exhibiting new work. This exciting opportunity aims to enable and nurture the creation of new work through a combination of support including:

  • £15,000 award
  • Mentoring 
  • Curatorial support
  • A dedicated public programme and digital content with international reach
  • Production budget 
  • Touring exhibition

The artist will be selected through a free open call; submissions close Tuesday 30 May 2023, at 5pm. 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 2023/2024 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.

How to apply

  1. Applications should be submitted via the platform Picter, which you can access by clicking on ‘Apply now’, found below. 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 directly on Picter or with a video up to 3 minutes long that you can upload on Picter .
  • 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 take the next step in your development (Max 250 words)
  1. Submit up to 15 images. These can be work in progress images from the project you are pitching or examples of previous work.

If you would like support with your application, please contact Danit Ariel, Assistant Curator Photoworks, to discuss the access possibilities.

Please fill out the anonymous Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form available below and email it to 

For more information, you can find the Terms and Conditions here. If you are not sure the Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship is right for you, you can take this quiz to find out.

If you are looking for some assistance, you can find a video below explaining this opportunity, a big print version of the Open Call here, and a big print version of the quiz here.

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