Photoworks

A New Europe

Brighton Photo Biennial

28 September - 28 October 2018

Brighton Photo Biennial

About

Brighton Photo Biennial returns 28 September - 28 October 2018 with a month of free photography exhibitions and events for professionals, enthusiasts, students and families alike. The theme for its eighth edition is A New Europe and the festival will be curated by the newly appointed Photoworks Director, Shoair Mavlian.

The United Kingdom’s status in the European Union may be changing, however, geographically Britain will remain part of Europe, with a shared history and intertwined future. At this transitional point, we will use photography to examine our current state of flux, reflecting on our relationship with Europe and the geographies of the United Kingdom. A New Europe will cast a wide net to examine the current instability looking at the ongoing refugee crisis as well as photography’s role in the construction of national identity.

The theme will also allow us to look back at Photoworks' own beginnings as the Cross Channel Photographic Mission, a collaborative photographic partnership which took place during the construction of the channel tunnel. The Biennial will present work from national and international practitioners and we're looking forward to collaborating with local and international partners to share exceptional photography with a wide audience.

Previous editions have been curated by Martin Parr (New Documents, 2010), Julian Stallabrass (Memory of Fire, 2008), Gilane Tawadros (2006), and Jeremy Millar (2003). Since 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial has been curated by Photoworks.

Photoworks is a national development agency for photography. We curate the Brighton Photo Biennial and our photography and visual culture journal Photoworks Annual. We support talent through the national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards and our wider programme includes commissions, new writing, learning and engagement projects. Our aim is to connect outstanding artists with audiences and to champion talent and ambition. Photoworks is a charitable organisation based at the University of Brighton, UK and is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England.

Get Involved

Keep up to Date

To be amongst the first to hear about plans for the next Brighton Photo Biennial be sure to sign up to the Photoworks newsletter.

Becoming a Photoworks Member is a great way to participate in and support our work and enjoy a wide range of benefits.

Supporting Us

As a charitable organisation, Photoworks has produced some of the most talked about and acclaimed photography and artist projects of the past two decades. We offer dynamic year round opportunities to partner with us.

Sponsors and individual supporters enjoy a wide range of uniquely tailored associated benefit, contact Zoltan zoltan@photoworks.org.uk.

To partner with us please contact our Director, Shoair Mavlian at shoair@photoworks.org.uk.

Exhibiting Work

We are interested in new work. If you would like to show us your work, please submit via our Photoworks Showcase. Brighton Photo Biennial is a curated festival, but sometimes elements are generated from an open call. Be sure to sign up to the Photoworks newsletter to be amongst the first to hear of any suitable opportunities.

Volunteer with us

We rely on the support of volunteers for the Biennial and will be on the look out for people to join us for BPB18. Photoworks volunteers come from diverse backgrounds with differing levels of experience. There are a variety of ways to get involved whether you are looking to gain some experience, meet new people or get back into the workplace. Roles, include gallery invigilators, information assistants, installation assistants, event photographers, programme distributors, hospitality and event assistants, evaluation assistants, plus a number of office based roles. Volunteers receive initial training and ongoing support from the team with flexibility around your commitments. Be sure to sign up to the Photoworks newsletter to be amongst the first to hear about opportunities.