Bristol Photo Festival

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Bristol Photo Festival CREDIT Laia Abril


Bristol Photo Festival is a new biennial festival with a year-round programme of commissions, collaborations, and exhibitions by both local and international artists. The first edition encompasses a summer showcase of photography exhibitions across the city followed by a full autumn programme of festival exhibitions and events including a book fair, film programme, talks series and symposiums.

For the first time the city’s major visual arts institutions, alongside independent and unconventional spaces, have come together to create a programme to demonstrate the power and diversity of photography. The festival will launch in the spring with exhibitions including work by Laia Abril, James Barnor, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Jessa Fairbrother, Adama Jalloh, Lua Ribeira, Jem Southam, and Sarah Waiswa amongst others. This will be followed by major exhibitions in the autumn by Stephen Gill, Lebohang Kganye and Thilde Jensen alongside series of outdoor shows. The exhibitions are accompanied by an events series, workshops and collaborations both on and off-line to bring the festival outside the conventional gallery space.

Opening spring 2021:

Island Life: photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

18 May 2021 - 31 October 2021. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

The Floating Harbour

Jem Southam

18 June 2021 - Autumn 2022. Underfall Yard 

James Barnor: Ghanaian Modernist

18 May 2021 - 31 October 2021. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Beyond The Frame

Heather Agyepong, Jessa Fairbrother, Lua Ribeira

18 May 2021 - 10 October 2021 . Bristol Museum and Art Gallery           

IN PROGRESS: Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari

20 May 2021 - 3 October 2021. Royal Photographic Society

Lips Touched with Blood

Sarah Waiswa

18 May 2021 - 31 October 2021. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Growing Spaces

Chris Hoare

18 June 2021 - Autumn 2022. Royal Fort Gardens (University of Bristol)

Elective Affinities

Billy Barraclough, Debsuddha, Jenna Garrett, Kelly O’Brien, Maria Gracia Cebrecos, Sibusiso Bheka 

18 June 2021 - TBC. BPF Public Gallery

From Photography to Cinematography
June / October (TBC) Watershed 

Image captions

Jaws, Menstruation Myths © Laia Abril, courtesy Les Filles du Calvaire and Royal Photographic Society

MOSH, The Face 1997. © Elaine Constantine courtesy Martin Parr Foundation and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Unloading the Harry Brown, Hotwells sand wharves, 1978 © Jem Southam

Ganesh Visarjan, Richmond, 2015 © Chloe Dewe Mathews courtesy Martin Parr Foundation

Tara gets stuck into gardening at St Paul’s Community Garden, with the help of her three daughters, Ashti, Arianne and Astera © Chris Hoare

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