The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. They particularly seek to encourage artists exploring new approaches to photography.

Now in their fourth edition, the Awards are for UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition. There is no age limit or fee to apply. The application portal is now open and will close at 10am BST on Wednesday 12 May 2021.

Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each with a full package of support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts to create new work over a 12-month period.

This includes:

  • £10,000 artist fee
  • £5,000 production budget
  • Access to a £5,000 printing budget from print partner Spectrum Photographic
  • Mentoring support from a high-profile international pool of experts for at least 12-months
  • Curatorial support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts
  • A two-person exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Arts programme at Jerwood Space (from October  2022)
  • A UK touring exhibition

The full value of each award package is £32,000.

We are looking for bold and original proposals to make new work(s) in photography that will represent a step-change in your practice. We want to support ambitious ideas that will benefit significantly from the research and development period enabled by the awards, for example by enabling experimentation with new and ambitious ways of working with photography.

The selection panel for this edition of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is Christine Eyene (Art historian, critic and curator), Sunil Gupta (Photographer), Joy Gregory, (Artist),  Julia Bunnemann (Curator, Photoworks) and Harriet Cooper (Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts).

The Awards are a collaboration between  Jerwood Arts  and  Photoworks, supported by  Spectrum Photographic.  Previous recipients have included Silvia Rosi, Theo Simpson, Alejandra  Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin, Lua Ribeira, Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza  Zelenkova.


Important information to know before you apply:

What are the key dates?

  • 18 March 2021, 2pm GMT: Application portal opens
  • 12 May 2021, 10am  BST: Application portal closes
  • 18 June 2021: Longlisted candidates notified
  • 15 July 2021: Shortlisted candidates notified
  • 21 July 2021: Interviews held at either Jerwood Space, London or online
  • September 2021: Awardees announced
  • September 2021 – September 2022: Development of work
  • October 2022: Exhibition at Jerwood Space, London followed by a national touring exhibition in 2023

We also have guidance for you in Welsh, in Easy Read format and as an audio version.

Application Guidance

To help you with your application, we strongly recommend you read our application guidance below:

We recommend you draft your response using our offline application form

There is no save and continue function on the online application form. We recommend you draft your responses on the offline application form and then paste them into the online form when you are ready. It is not possible to amend your application once it has been submitted. Please keep a copy of your responses for future reference, as it is not possible for us to provide you with a copy once you have submitted your application.

Take the quiz

We have created a ‘Are the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards right for me?’ quiz to help you decide if the awards are right for you at this point in your practice. You should be able to answer all questions in the quiz ‘yes’ with confidence if this award is right for you.

There is more detail about who the awards are for in the FAQ. If you have further questions about your suitability or eligibility for the awards, feel free to email Julia Bunnemann, Curator, Photoworks at and we will get back to you within three working days.Keep an eye on our social media for more news on applicant events and ‘ask me anything’ session.

You can follow our social media accounts below:

Twitter: @photoworks_uk

Instagram: @photoworks_uk

Facebook: @photoworksuk

Speak to a member of the Jerwoods/Photoworks awards team for advice before you apply:

We offer the opportunity to speak with a member of the Jerwood Arts or Photoworks team for a ten-minute advice session in advance of applying. In these sessions, we are unable to read draft applications or texts, but we can discuss your specific ideas for applications and guide you as to how you might strengthen these in the application.

You can book your session via Calendly:

Please add your question in the comment section when you book your time slot. If you would prefer to ask a question by email please contact

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