A Sense of Place

MAY - OCT 2021 BRISTOL (UK)

International Photography Festival

BRISTOL (UK) 2020/2021

MAY - OCT 2021

© Helen Sear

International Photography Festival

A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

BRISTOL (UK) 2021

MAY - OCT 2021

International Photography Festival

© Helen Sear

TO CONNECT
Bristol Photo Festival is a new and ambitious city-wide festival that celebrates the power and diversity of photography. For the first time, all the major visual arts institutions have come together to deliver a sustained programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops, screenings and collaborative projects in the city of Bristol.

© Thilde Jensen

TO CONNECT
Bristol Photo Festival is a new and ambitious city-wide festival that celebrates the power and diversity of photography. For the first time, all the major visual arts institutions have come together to deliver a sustained programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops, screenings and collaborative projects in the city of Bristol.

© Thilde Jensen

TO SUPPORT

Working with local, national and international artists, we will create opportunities to make and show new and innovative work, whilst nurturing younger participants in the region to communicate their ideas and perspectives through photography.

© Hoda Afshar

TO CHALLENGE
We want to challenge the way we think about a festival as something ephemeral. With a sustained programme of education, mentorships and collaborations, we will engage and nurture photographers, participants and audiences in the long term. We want to encourage new perspectives on photography, on its cultural value and its place within the visual arts in Bristol, the South West and beyond.

© Elaine Constantine

TO UNDERSTAND
We are producing a programme that celebrates the city of Bristol, its versatility and complexity, its past and its potential. Through exhibitions, commissions, installations and events at key venues and locations across the city, the Festival will showcase photography as a vital contemporary medium whilst exploring its relationship with film, performance, poetry, music and other cultural forms so central to Bristol’s identity.

© Heather Agyepong

TO UNDERSTAND
We are producing a programme that celebrates the city of Bristol, its versatility and complexity, its past and its potential. Through exhibitions, commissions, installations and events at key venues and locations across the city, the Festival will showcase photography as a vital contemporary medium whilst exploring its relationship with film, performance, literature, music and other cultural forms so central to Bristol’s identity.

© Heather Agyepong

we want to create discussions to help us reflect on the current state of the cultural industry, and in particular, the photographic one. We believe a festival should create networks and platforms to trigger new initiatives and develop sustainable models of production.
TO REVIST

© Jem Southam

PROGRAM

Exhibitions

A programme of exciting exhibitions held in the main Bristol city art venues and running throughout the city in independent galleries, public spaces and unconventional venues. Some of the artists confirmed: Stephen Gill, Thilde Jensen, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Sarah Waiswa, Lua Ribeira, Lebohang Kganye, Jessa Fairbrother, James Barnor, Jem Southam plus many more.

Collaborations

This programme of collaborations has been developed to ensure participation from a range of individuals and groups, both in and outside of the arts, for example socially engaged artists, youth workers, the health sector, young people and community groups. example socially engaged artists, youth workers, the health sector, yothe health sector, young

Education

The festival provides an educational programme to engage with young people at various stages of their education- through secondary school to college and university. Our aim is to become a bridge between students and artists to produce interesting learning experiences. Our aim is to become a bridge between students and artists to produce interesting learning experiences.

Commissions

Selected local and international photographers will be commissioned every year to develop a new and original photographic body of work about important aspects of the city of Bristol and surroundings. The resulted visual interpretations will be included in the exhibition programme.T

he final bodies of work will be included 

Opportunities

The festival is committed to providing a series of professional opportunities to those in early stages of their creative careers. In partnership with educational and community institutions a series of creative roles are facilitated through professional internships, a mentoring program and a series of volunteering roles to get a first-hand experience in working in a photography festival.

Public Events

The festival will include an ongoing year-round public programme of talks, seminars and events with local, national and international artists and professionals. We are collaborating with local and national partners to bring a broad programme.The festival will include an ongoing year-round ithwill in

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NEWS