We are happy to announce a new, three-year partnership with the University of the West of England. The partnership will open up a wide range of work experience placements and live briefs for both undergraduate and postgraduate photography students at UWE Bristol. Students will also have access to industry talks and events, opportunities to display their work at prestigious exhibitions and venues. In addition, high-level industry mentorships will be available for MA Photography students.
Speaking of the partnership, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Creative and Cultural Industries Engagement, Lynn Barlow, said:
‘‘We are proud to be investing in Bristol’s photography industry and culture while creating greater opportunities for our students. Our photography courses are designed to help students develop their photography skills and creative talent as well as to help them launch successful careers after graduation. This partnership will help us to do just that, providing students with real briefs and projects to work on, networking opportunities and much more. Bristol Photo Festival and IC Visual Lab are doing excellent work to nurture and promote new talent, and we’re very excited to be working with them.’’
Bristol Photo Festival aims to bring new work to national and international audiences. The new festival celebrates the power and diversity of photography and will produce solo and group exhibitions in Bristol and beyond with their first exhibition programme scheduled for Spring 2021. Festival Director Tracy Marshall-Grant said:
“This partnership will allow the festival to provide platforms for students which will offer them the experience of working on large scale photography projects and exhibitions over a sustained time and within a formal organisational structure of support. We are really looking forward to opening up opportunities which will allow students to develop and enhance their skills in curation, installation, production and wider arts management. ”
More information about the upcoming opportunities will be announced the next year.