In 2008, the Market Photo Workshop and the Tierney Family Foundation established the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop to support emerging artists in the field of photography. The aim of the Fellowship is to identify aspiring photographers, create opportunities for photographers and assist them in overcoming the challenges that many face at the start of their careers. Recipients of the Tierney Fellowship are given financial support as well as technical support through consultation with a mentor, over a year, in pursuit of a body of photography work.
Tracy Edser, the first recipient of The Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop (2008), exhibited her body of work in a solo exhibition, Amelioration. Edser was mentored by Mikhael Subotzky. For more on her body of work click here.
Simangele Kalisa, the second recipient (2009), exhibited her body of work at a Joint Tierney Exhibition at the Substation Gallery, Wits Unversity, with fellows Monique Pelser and Ariane Questiaux. Kalisa was mentored by Jo Ractliffe.
Thabiso Sekgala, the third recipient (2010), exhibited a body of work entitled Homeland at the Photo Workshop Gallery in April 2011. Sekgala was mentored by Mikhael Subotzky. For more on his body of work click here
Mack Magagane, the fourth recipient (2011), exhibited an extension on his previous work called …in this city, a reflection of Johannesburg city by night. The exhibiton opened in April 2013 at The Photo Workshop Gallery. Magagane was mentored by Jo Ractliffe. For more on his body of work click here
Lebohang Kganye, the fifth recipient (2012) exhibited her solo show, Ke Lefa Laka at The Photo Workshop Gallery in August 2013. Her body of work featured work from a year’s research into her family history using family photographs, testimonies from family members as well as personal narratives. She was mentored by Nontobeko Ntombela and Mary Sibande. For more on her body of work click here
Sipho Gongxeka, the sixth Tierney Fellow (2013) exhibited his body of work, Skeem’ Saka which aims to create a dialogue with the audience on issues relating to masculinity- what it means to be a man in South Africa. Gongxeka was mentored by Pieter Hugo. The exhibition opened in July 2014. For more on his body of work click here
Matthew Kay, the seventh recipient (2014), exhibited his body of work, The Front at The Photo Workshop Gallery in March 2015. The photo series investigated the Durban beachfront as an ever-changing space and the people that frequent it. Matt was mentored by Market Photo Workshop founder and renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt. For more on his body of work click here
Tsepo Gumbi, the eighth recipient (2015), exhibited his body of work, Re-imagining Sharpville in August 2016. This work explores a significant contemporary landscape of Sharpville beyond its historic political past. Gumbi was mentored by Graeme Williams. Click here for more on this body of work Click here for more on this body of work
Celimpilo Mazibuko, the ninth recipient (2016) exhibited his body of work, In Jus’this, in May 2017. The body of work looks at human settlements in South African townships to confront historic land injustice in relation to post-1994 urban -planning and township development. Mazibuko was mentored by Cedric Nunn. Click here for more on this body of work
Tshepiso Mazibuko, the tenth recipient (2017), exhibited her body of work, Ho Tshepa Ntshepedi Ya Bontshepe in October 2018. In this work Mazibuko investigates the term ’bornfree’ as a political designation on youth born after 1994. Mazibuko was mentored by John Fleetwood. Click here for more on this body of work