The National Media Museum has announced the five successful applicants to its 2009 Photography Bursary, who each receive a share of the £20,000 award fund. This year it seems that the number of people who applied for the bursary has risen, as there were more than 200 applications, “double the number received the previous year”.
This could be to do with the fact that, increasingly, photographers are having to self fund work. The final selection was judged to reflect the range and diversity of the submitted pieces of work, as well as photographic practice in the UK today. The 2009 awardees are:
David Birkin, who will receive funding to complete The Confessors, forming part of his ongoing Confessions series.
Jonathan Foulger‘s bursary will enable him to show his first major project The Simon Community, to photography professionals at UK portfolio viewing sessions.
Tess Hurrell, recipient of a 2008 Pavilion Commission, will receive support towards studio hire and materials costs for the continuation of her Basic Needs series.
Jo Longhurst, another 2008 Pavilion Commission recipient, will be funded to create a discreet body of work that will form part of her Perfect series, which interrogates the world of competitive gymnastics.
Finally, Indre Serpytyte‘s bursary will enable her to commission the design and production of a limited edition book. The book is a powerful meditation on the hidden histories of the brutal Second World War Soviet occupation of Lithuania , Serpytyte’s home country.
The award is supported by sponsors Michael G Wilson (Chairman of the Trustees of the National Media Museum), Zelda Cheatle (WMG Photography Advisor and Curator), Simon Crocker (Chairman of The John Kobal Foundation), Pierre Brahm (Chairman of the BRAHM and Henry & James Property Group), and James Hyman (James Hyman Gallery), all of whom also sit on the Bursary panel. The annual Bursary was established to support photographers in creating or continuing new projects, and developing their profiles. A previous recipient, photographer Simon Roberts, will have his first major exhibition of his project and book We English displayed at the National Media Museum in March next year.
This year’s selected artists, working closely with the National Media Museum, will develop their projects throughout 2010 and see them represented in the Museum’s Photography Collection. In addition, an exhibition celebrating the Bursary and its recipients will include several recent works by each of the five winning artists at James Hyman Gallery, London early next year.