Following an open call, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks announce the winners of the first national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards promoting new approaches to photography. The selected artists are Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova.
Each artist has received an award of £5,000 to support the making of new work for exhibition, with a significant production fund and mentoring support. The three artists will present their work in a group exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme which will open at Jerwood Space in November 2015 and tour to other partner venues including Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
The call for entries was open to all UK based practitioners using photography who graduated or established their practice within the past ten years. Over 400 entries were received.
The 2015 selection panel included: Celia Davies – Director Photoworks, Shonagh Manson – Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Broomberg & Chanarin – artists and Lucy Moore – Director, Claire de Rouen Books.
A high profile pool of mentors from artistic, curatorial, literary and other perspectives will support the selected artists over the next twelve months, drawing on established talents from varied fields of practice both in and beyond photography. Both the Photoworks and Jerwood Visual Arts teams will work with and support the artists throughout 2015.
In a joint statement Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks and Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation said:
There has been a huge response to the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards national open call. Central to the selection panel’s decision-making were the strength of each proposal and the potential direction of travel that each photographer might take. Each has been chosen for the richness of their ideas and their approach to developing and making important new work that would otherwise not happen. The dynamic between the works will be compelling to discuss over the coming year.