OPENING 28th January 2023 at Royal West Academy.

Bristol Photo Festival is happy to announce the upcoming exhibitions in collaboration with the Royal West Academy, both originally planned for the first edition of the festival in 2020 but covid and RWA building works caused the delay to now. Its going to be exciting to finally see it come to fruition.

© Jem Southam

4 April – 31 December 2022 at The Georgian House Museum.

Lebohang Kganye references family, memory and heritage. Kganye has created a new work at the Georgian House Museum as part of Bristol Photo Festival. The installation offers a response to the violence of historical erasure of names and oral traditions. The house was once home to a sugar trader and his enslaved staff. Dipina tsa Kganya invites us to reflect on the legacy of colonialism as a shared history.

Dipina tsa Kganya: Leave the light when you leave for good, by Lebohang Kganye

© Lebohang Kganye

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

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A Bend in the River by Jem Southam
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A Sense of Place

MAY - DEC 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 - DEC 2021

International Photography Festival

© Helen Sear

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

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

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

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.

© Jem Southam