Installation view, Ewen Spencer 'Kick over the statues', Photoworks/Fabrica Co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial, October 2016. Photo Credit: Nigel Green

Arts Council England National Portfolio 2018-22

27 June 2017

For 2018-22, Arts Council England will invest £1,073,260 in Photoworks' programme

“The continued support of Arts Council England is an endorsement for the strength and impact of Photoworks’ ambitious programme. Given the shifting political and economic climate, presenting challenges for all UK arts organisations, we’re especially pleased to see a renewed commitment to investment in our programme and the partners we will work with over the next four years”.
Celia Davies, Director, Photoworks

“We’re very grateful to get this vote of confidence and continuing support from ACE for our projects at Photoworks. As a non-building based agency, we have a unique ability to work in a collaborative and agile way with local, national and international partners. Together with our Catalyst funding, we will use this core support to deliver ambitious new projects, create even more impact for artists and audiences, and develop sustainable new funding streams for the future.”
Matt Locke, Chair, Photoworks

Photoworks’ programme is diverse in both its content and its reach. Over the past year, more than 372,000 people have experienced our work, with over 9,000 people taking part in our events. Our creative digital programme attracted international audiences in over 80 countries. Nearly 40% of our programme outputs engaged children and young people and a quarter focused specifically on LGBTQ+ communities.

In October 2016 our photography festival, Brighton Photo Biennial, attracted audiences of 315,000, with 6,000 people taking part in free and affordable events – over just 30 days. We know we’re engaging new audiences in the arts, over 21% of visitors to Brighton Photo Biennial described themselves as ‘not usually interested in going to exhibitions’.

Our proactive learning and engagement work has offered opportunities for thousands of people from some of the least represented communities to participate and have their voices heard, making, talking and thinking about photography. Recent themes we’ve explored include identity, gender and sexuality.

We’ve created more opportunities for artists in this past twelve months than ever before. Our open calls for entries have attracted over 4,000 submissions for programmes including Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, Photoworks Annual and our online Showcase. We’ve produced international artist and curatorial collaborations from India to the USA. Photoworks has supported artists by providing access to international mentors and production funds. We’ve showcased work and ideas across the UK, from London to Liverpool, Bradford to Belfast through the national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

Primarily, we gather people around photography and visual culture, but the impact of our work reaches much further, helping to shape our understanding of our society – politics, well-being, citizenship and more.

But, we couldn’t achieve all of this on our own. Our work is built on partnerships. In the last year alone, we’ve collaborated with more than 50 organisations from within and beyond the arts to successfully deliver our collective ambitions. We look forward to continuing this work.

Support Us

If you share our mission and passion for photography, there’s never been a better time to support our work. Any donations you make will be match-funded pound for pound by Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve scheme. Plus, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your donation even more.

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Alternatively, please contact Kirsty Coates, Deputy Director to discuss your support (kirsty@photoworks.org.uk / 01273 642 237)