The festival provides an educational programme to engage with young people at various stages of their education- through secondary school to college and universities. We also deliver an open programme for the general public and family friendly activities.

© Chloe Dewe Mathews


© Chloe Dewe Matthews

Photo Walks


Bristol Photo Festival will offer a series of city walks inspired by some of the exhibitions in our festival programme alongside local experts in various fields such as naturalism, environmental literature, industrial history, poetry, gastronomy, and colonial history. We will explore city landmarks having an unique insight into their cultural and environmental relevance. 

Dates and full programme will be announced in the Summer.


Critical Eye



CRITICAL EYE: Visual Archives for Education is an innovative pedagogical initiative that uses photography archives to encourage critical thinking in young people in the school context. The project is produced by IC Visual Lab in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival, Bristol Educational Partnership and the University of the West of England. The aim is to offer a digital platform to develop a critical approach towards images through a series of practical activities and original resources developed in collaboration with artists, educational institutions and school teachers.

The project is currently is beta phase. Initial focus groups will test it in June and it will be publicly launched in September..




CATALYST is a 7 month mentorship program produced by IC Visual Lab in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival for those who wish to further their personal career and, importantly, to expand their approach and ways of photographing and exhibiting. The program is open to local based, national and international practitioners who are at the beginning of their creative career. We are aiming to create an intersectional variety of participants that bring a plurality of visions and approaches. Through this program we hope to offer a long term opportunity to 6 photographers who will receive support from a team of mentors with experience in various creative fields (artists, curators, designers, editors, arts management…). The aim is for participants to continue and finish a body of work to be exhibited as part of the exhibitions 2021 Spring program in Bristol.

CATALYST | Mentorship Program is produced by IC Visual Lab in collaboration with Bristol Photo Festival and with the support of the Arts Council of England, PurePrint, Spectrum and GF Smith.
PARTICIPANTS 2020 / 2021

Masterclasses & CPD Workshops


As part of this first edition, we will be organising a series of short workshops and masterclasses with local photographers and makers to explore various fields of the photography industry like curation, publishing and collaborative practices. 

Full details will be announced in April. 


© Clare Bevins

Wellbeing Workshops

Ongoing programme.

In collaboration with Creative Shift, Wellspring Settlement and Arnolfini we have been delivering a programme of creative activities with people who attended creativeShift's and Wellspring Settlement Art onReferral courses. Through the delivery of disposable cameras to participate in online workshops as well as collage art packages, participants have been responding to one of the most important spaces during these lockdowns: The Living Room. The outcomes of these workshops will be published online and displayed at Arnolfini.

For more info please visit



RPC Outdoor  Alternative Photography Workshops


Join us for an exciting programme of Outdoor Photography Workshops. The Real Photography Company brings the magic of the Darkroom outdoors to parks, gardens and allotments in St Pauls, St Werburghs and Eastville. Workshops exploring alternative photography techniques will take place, free or low cost, through the summer, in small groups to ensure Covid safety. Experiment with plants found around us in our local green spaces to produce original photographic artwork, such as: Anthotypes, Chlorophyll Prints, Cyanotypes, Lumens, Chemigrams and Solargraphy.

- Alternative Photography Workshop at the Allotment | 13 June 2021 | 11.00 to 14.30 | FREE | BOOK HERE


Kids in the Woods


Bristol Photo Festival has joined with photographer and filmmaker Esther May Campbell‘s workshops (developed from Kitchen Table Photo Club and ScrapBook), commissioning special sessions in between lockdowns with a group of kids in the forest. The workshops follow Esther’s long term interest to engage with kids and to use photography to explore ideas of wilderness, folklore stories and the journey from childhood to adulthood.

New workshops will be announced over the next months.