Channel / 15 Nov 2022

Iris x Ffotogallery Open Call: Pink Portraits

The Iris Prize in partnership with Ffotogallery is looking for a talented photographer to create ten new portraits of the next generation of film and TV professionals in Wales.

The portraits will be exhibited as part of LGBTQ History Month 2023, celebrating its theme ‘Behind the Lens' which will highlight the work made by people of the LGBTQ+ community in the production of film and TV programmes.

In 2011 the Iris Prize together with the UK Film Council commissioned celebrated Scottish portrait photographer, Donald MacLellan to photograph 20 gay and lesbian professionals working in front and behind the lens, they included Simon Callow, Terence Davies, Stephen Fry, Phyllida Lloyd, Mark Gatiss, Briony Hanson, Sean Mathias, Sir Ian McKellen, Berwyn Rowlands, Sophie Ward and Sir Antony Sher.

The new commissions will present a direct link from the work of these pioneers to those of the future.

This opportunity is open to all early career photographers currently based in Wales who identify as LGBTQ+ or who are supporters and allies of the community.

To enter please submit the following via email to [email protected]:

  • Your full name, date of birth, email address in a word document.
  • A selection of up to 10 photographs demonstrating your skills at portraiture (max. 72dpi, 1920 pixels wide)
  • Submit a short statement or video (up to 250 words/3 minute long) outlining your interest in working on the project
  • Artist statement/CV (100 words max) including a link to your website/social media, where applicable

Submissions open at 9am on Friday 18th November 2022.

Deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Thursday 15th December 2022.

A fee of £1,000 will be awarded to the winner. Travel and other appropriate costs will also be covered. In the event that two entrants are selected, the fee will be split 50/50 and each artist will make 5 portraits.

Images submitted for this opportunity will not be published, reproduced or otherwise shared outside of Iris and Ffotogallery without the artist’s permission.

For any questions or further information please contact [email protected]