PhotoEast Festival 2018- Exhibition programme announced

May 15, 2018

PhotoEast, the month-long visual feast of photography exhibitions and events, is back for the second time in Ipswich between 24 May and 24 June 2018.

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The 2018 edition sees the work of over 30 globally-renowned photographers, including those locally-based or with a link to the region, exhibited in gallery space, shipping containers, cafés and outdoor billboards along the Waterfront. Produced by PhotoEast in association with the University of Suffolk, this year’s programme is curated by Financial Times Director of Photography, Emma Bowkett around the festival theme of Belonging.

Topping the bill in the University’s Waterfront Gallery is Mark Power’s ‘Shipping Forecast’, an ode to the BBC’s eponymous radio broadcast and a uniquely British institution. These haunting images take us to the places behind the familiar names – Biscay, Viking, German Bight – and serve as a physical reminder of our isolated, island existence.

In Sian Davey’s beautifully tender portrait of her step-daughter, Martha, we witness a girl becoming a woman. The teenager’s struggle to find a sense of belonging within her family, within her group of friends and within herself, is laid movingly bare.

From the USA, Matt Eich reaches delicately beyond the stereotypes of a post-industrial poverty-stricken community in the Appalachian mountains to portray a people who proudly cling to family, community and land with an admirable tenacity despite their circumstances.

In the spring of 1972, Daniel Meadows rented a disused barber’s shop in Greame Street, Moss Side in Manchester’s inner city and opened a free photographic studio. This is a timeless record of a diverse, vibrant and integrated community which was unceremoniously demolished alongside their homes as part of Manchester’s urban regeneration.

In her own response to the question of what it means to belong, Giulietta Verdon-Roe takes us coast-to-coast along the seemingly arbitrary line that divides England from Wales and Scotland, examining the physical landscape that plays a part in shaping who we are as individuals and as a ‘nation’.

Julian Germain returns to PhotoEast to curate an exhibition that explores the tribal allegiance of the football supporter. Drawing on photographs, memorabilia and testimony from Ipswich Town Football Club supporters old and young, ‘The People’s History’ celebrates the heritage of ITFC in the town, from the FA Cup Final win in 1978 to the present day.

Award-winning photographer David Titlow also comes home to Ipswich for the launch of his exhibition ‘Eyeball’, featuring the calling cards and portraits of a pre-internet community – CB radio hands.

Exhibiting alongside global names in the world of photography will be the work from four teenagers from Suffolk and Norfolk. They were selected from an impressive bank of submissions by art and photography students from across the region’s colleges and schools for the PhotoEast Young Persons’ Fellowship. Their prize is a bespoke professional mentoring programme by photography professionals and the opportunity to do work experience at London photography agency Panos Pictures.

PhotoEast will include the work of the University of Suffolk’s final year Photography students. Their end of year show will be on display throughout the Festival in the University’s Waterfront Building. It will showcase a body of work encompassing a broad range of subject matter and approaches to photography ranging from landscape and portrait including new methods to digital practice.

A graduate of the University’s Photography degree, Melissa Belton, set up PhotoGrad, an online platform documenting the journey of photography graduates from UK based courses. PhotoGrad will be showing some of the developing practices being explored in photography currently as part of the Festival following the theme of Belonging.

Saturday 26 May is the main event day on the Ipswich Waterfront, with opportunities for all to immerse themselves in photography and participate in a variety of photographic events. Talks by world-leading professional photographers and industry experts, including Tom Hunter and Mark Power hosted by Eamonn McCabe, will run throughout the day at the University’s Waterfront campus. A family trail kicks off from the Jerwood Dance House, which also plays host to a unique collaboration between choreographer Tim Casson and local photographic artist, Bill Jackson.

New for 2018 is PhotoEast’s Open Call Instagram competition #ibelong18. Images uploaded on the festival theme will feature in a live gallery at and a selection of lucky winners will have their work exhibited in the ‘On the Fence’ exhibition by Cult Café on the Waterfront throughout the month-long festival.

Adrian Evans, director of PhotoEast and Panos Pictures who are supporting the Festival said “We are thrilled to be returning to Ipswich for a second time and are confident that PhotoEast 2018 has something for everyone with an interest in photography. It is a privilege to combine high calibre globally-recognised photography with the work of practitioners, students and enthusiasts from closer to home. This year’s festival is bigger and better than the first in 2016 and is bringing us a step further towards our goal of establishing putting Suffolk on the map for photography.”

Mark Edwards, Associate Professor and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Suffolk added, “PhotoEast this year promises to bring a varied and interesting programme of events, talks and exhibitions to the Waterfront; there is something for everyone. We are fortunate in Suffolk to have some of the very best photographers and the Photography degree at the University nurtures future talent which will be expressed through the students’ End of Year show.”

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