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Jerwood Photography Awards 2008

Group exhibition

27th Jan - 29th Mar 2009

Don't miss your chance to see the five latest winners of these prestigious national awards. Martina Lindqvist, Alice Myers, James Pogson, Kurt Tong, and Nicky Walsh represent the finest photographic work from young graduates in the UK today.

The Jerwood Photography Awards (established in 2003 with an inaugural exhibition at Impressions Gallery the following year) are annual awards funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundationread more and managed by Portfolio Magazineread more. Each winner receives £2,500 and their work is shown in a touring group exhibition starting at Jerwood Space, London. Selectors for 2008 were: Dewi Lewis, Director, Dewi Lewis Publishing (Chair of Panel); Gloria Chalmers, Editor of Portfolio Magazine; Neeta Madahar, Visual Artist; David Scull, Director of Hoopers Gallery, London; and Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Over 5,000 photographs were submitted by 610 entrants, all recent graduates from UK visual art degree courses, resident in the UK. There was no age limit.

Rågskär Island
by Martina Lindqvist (age 27) is a series of mysterious and unsettling landscapes of a small island off the coast of Finland, which Lindqvist used to visit each summer. Rocket by Alice Myers (age 22) captures the exhilaration of children as they propel themselves through water, letting go of safety and launching themselves into the expanse of the unknown. Ladykillers by James Pogson (age 24) takes its title from an international women’s Thai kickboxing tournament, and his garish, Technicolor portraits are in complete accord with the assertiveness of the subjects they depict. People’s Park by Kurt Tong (age 31) was inspired by the artist’s own childhood memories in Hong Kong and presents a melancholic and wistful view of now deserted Communist-era parks. Untitled Series by Nicky Walsh (age 29) demonstrates a minimalist approach that invites an aesthetic contemplation of mass produced objects and sterile office environments.

Click here to download an information sheet about the exhibition (pdf 248kb)

From 'People's Park' © Kurt Tong

From 'People's Park' © Kurt Tong

Group exhibition

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From 'People's Park' © Kurt Tong From 'Untitled Series' © Nicky Walsh Jerwood exhibition at Impressions © Heather Johnson


Excellent show - Fresh, dynamic, inspiring!

Exhibition visitor

Fantastic choice of photographers. Very Impressed. Each one offering something completely new and challenging for the senses.

Exhibition visitor

Beautiful photos. Something beautifully plain and unrealistic about Nicky Walsh’s work.

These photos are amazing! Especially Nicky Walsh and Martina Lindquist.

What overall talent! Love them all.

Thank you all. I especially liked Kurt Tings work. the contrast of man made environments with the natural. I wish all of the entries good luck with their future careers.

Nicky Walsh has magical images, precise detail, amazing colors. Evocative and well constructed!

Alice Myers work - brilliantly captured perspective. Very Evocative.

Kurt Tong - Peoples Park - BRILLIANT!

Recently we took a group of AS level photography students to the gallery to view the current exhibition and found it to be a valuable visit. The varied work on display inspired the students and prompted them into thinking more carefully at how everyday scenes and situations can be captured and interpreted in both a technically proficient and artistic way. The curator of the gallery was very helpful and spent some time talking to the students regarding the current exhibition. Unfortunately the other exhibition spaces were not accessible at that time, so there was little else to see other than the main exhibition.

Ferhan Khan

James Pogson - Good positive female images