PUBLIC  EVENTS

The festival will include an ongoing year-round public programme of talks, workshops, masterclasses and events with local, national and international artists and professionals. Additional activities may be added in the next months.

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Photo-Poetry Surfaces

ONLINE (ZOOM) | 17 June 2021 |  7pm | FREE

As part of the Bristol Photo Festival, the photo-poetry activities (organized by David Solo, Astra Papachristodoulou and Paul Hawkins) will be exploring and presenting a range of photo-poetic works. The program will map out the range of combinations in photo-poetic works (and sometimes going outside the lines), exhibit a selection of current examples, and present mixed media presentations of the work. There will also be a series of conversations about the nature of such collaborations, how such material may be “read” and looking at ways to assess or evaluate it.

 

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BPF Social 

25 June 2021 from 17.00 - 21.00
Royal Fort Gardens

Join us at this social event to thank everyone for their support and to celebrate the opening of Bristol Photo Festival's summer shows. This outdoor location is the venue of the Growing Spaces exhibition by Chris Hoare, the festival's first commission. Restrictions permitting, we invite you for an exhibition tour, book signing and evening of outdoor music. Keep an eye on our social media and website for further details and confirmation nearer the time. 

 

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Photo Hub Open House

 
Royal Photography Society & Martin Parr Foundation, Paintworks.
26 June 2021 | 10.30 - 21.00

The Martin Parr Foundation are holding a joint event with The Royal Photographic Society and UWE Bristol, to mark the reopening of the galleries and the launch of UWE’s upcoming graduate publication, Solid Air. Join us for a day of photography,  exhibition tours and student artist talks, with street food by Bristol Eats and a pop-up bar by Lost and Grounded.

 

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Too Many Blackmoores

ONLINE TALK BY HEATHER AGYEPONG 

10 JUNE 2021 | 14.00 | FREE 

Ageypong’s art practice deals with wellbeing, particularly the experience of invisibility for diaspora communities. She often re-imagines archival material using herself to embody a historical character. The process of making the art usually aims to achieve a catharsis for herself and the viewers.

This period of history saw the expansion of horizons through travel and science, underpinned by the expansion of the British Empire and colonial rule. Agyepong’s series of work, ‘Too Many Blackamoors’ is inspired by the story of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta. She was an orphaned child from Dahomy (a pre-colonial African kingdom located within present-day Benin) who was adopted by a British captain and later by Queen Victoria.

 

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MPF Photo Chat 

ONLINE CONVERSATION BETWEEN CHLOE DEWE MATTHEWS & GARETH EVANS

10 JUNE 2021 | 19.00 | TICKET FEE

Chloe Dewe Mathews will be joined by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) to discuss Thames Log, Chloe’s latest work created over five years of photographing up and down the river Thames.

In Thames Log, Chloe Dewe Mathews examines the ever-changing nature of our relationship to water. From the source of the river Thames to its mouth, Chloe has photographed people enacting a range of rituals and routines at the water’s edge. She has observed traditional, collective ceremonies as well as privately improvised acts; from ship spotting, mud larking and ceremonial boat burning, to Pentecostal baptisms, coracle missions and teenage rites of passage.

 

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- AUTUMN EVENTS - 

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Film programme

Watershed Cinemas | Autumn(TBC).

Full details will be announced in the Summer.

 

From Photography to Cinematography

“Images shouldn’t be only a pleasing pictorial aesthetic but a projection of the emotions that the characters discover in themselves” Ed Lachman, cinematographer 

A series of screenings and events which will explore the creative relationship between the still and the moving image. Many cinematographers work with or incorporate still image influences into their filmmaking. This programme will feature the film work of cinematographers like Ed Lachman (The Virgin Suicides, Carol) Hélène Louvart (Rocks, Happy as Lazzaro) and Seamus McGarvey (The Hours, We Need To Talk About Kevin) to examine their photographic influences and inspirations.

 

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Critical Eye Launch

ONLINE | September 2021

Full details announced in September

 

This launch event will introduce the Critical Eye: Visual Archives for Education platform, a long-term project in collaboration with IC Visual Lab that aims to bring artists, museums, visual archives and schools together to develop critical thinking through images. Some of the members of the team and guests will discuss the aims, goals and road map for this project.

 

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Symposium

Revised: Crisis & Critique

ONLINE | September 2021

Full details announced in July

 

In the current health, economic and environmental crisis, what role does culture, and in particular photography, play? Is it only of cultural use? Why do we need a cultural response to the collapse of our world? If something is of cultural use, what use is that? This symposium will explore the questions that sustain the work of artists, cultural agents, collectives and institutions in times where culture is not considered an essential activity. A hybrid event combining online and social media discussions will help us produce an outline to debate future strategies to understand the potential of culture, and photography, in a critical time. 

 
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BOP 19 © BOP, produced by the Martin Parr Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society

BOP 19 © BOP, produced by the Martin Parr Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society

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Bookfair

October 22-24 2021 | Venue: Paintworks Event Space

Full details announced in the Summer

 

BOP 21 @ Bristol Photo Festival. The annual BOP – Books on Photography - festival will be held this year in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival. It will bring together a wide-ranging group of UK and European photobook publishers and booksellers, providing an opportunity for book lovers, photographers and collectors to seek out new books directly from publishers and artists. BOP 21 @ Bristol Photo Festival will include a programme of talks from photographers, book signings, along with great coffee and food. The event will be held at, and is supported by Paintworks Event Space.

BOP is produced by the Martin Parr Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society.

 
 
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BOP 19 © BOP, produced by the Martin Parr Foundation and the Royal Photographic Society

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Auction

Oct 24, 2021 | Venue: Paintworks Gallery Space (TBC)

Full details will be announced in the Summer

Bristol Photo Festival brings a secret Photo-Auction to the city of Bristol. This celebratory event offers the chance to purchase unique photographic works by established and up and coming photographers for affordable prices. Lucky buyers will have a unique chance to buy an original photograph for an affordable price while supporting the Bristol Photo Festival. 

 

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- PAST EVENTS - 

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© Vanley Burke. Siffa Sound System, playing the Carnival, Handsworth Park. 1983

SYMPOSIUM 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN PHOTOGRAPHY

ONLINE | May 21 2020 | BOOK TICKETS

 

The Symposium 'Inclusive Collaboration: Commitment to Change’, aims to demonstrate the diversity of practitioners within the photographic community. The keynote speaker is Vanley Burke, and other confirmed speakers include Joy Gregrory,  Dexter McLean, David Constantine, Joanne Coates, Kirsty MacKay, and Dr Shawn Sobers. Produced by Jennie Ricketts. There will be a second symposium in autumn 2021.

 

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© Vanley Burke. Siffa Sound System, playing the Carnival, Handsworth Park. 1983

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