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 Foundation and managed by Portfolio Magazine. 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.
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