© Georgie Turner-Noble, Brighton Photo Fringe 2010 exhibitor, aged 17

Brighton Photo Fringe runs a year round programme supporting early career photographers and produces a fringe festival every two years in October.

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(image: The Miniclick Response Exhibition, BPF14, © Jim Stephenson)

Brighton Photo Fringe is a platform which supports photographers to exhibit their work during Brighton Photo Biennial 2016. To take part you just need to have a body of work ready to show from 1st - 30th October 2016, and to find a venue to show it in. Brighton Photo Fringe will produce a guide to each and every photography exhibition happening as part of the festival. Submit details of your exhibition here to be included in the BPF16 festival guide and online listings. Deadline for registering your exhibition has passed. Please email laura@photofringe.org if you have an exhibition booked and haven't yet registered.

When registering you will need to:

- Enter your contact details
- Select the size of your listing and pay the BPF registration fee
(1/4 page listing: £90 - 1/2 page listing: £130 - Full page listing: £200)
- Upload one high resolution image to promote your exhibition (at 300 dpi, at least 2500 pixels on one edge). This image will be used to promote your exhibition in the Brighton Photo Fringe festival guide and online listings
- Enter your exhibition details (title, artist name/s, dates, opening times, venue address)
- Enter your exhibition description (1/4 page listing: max 340 characters, 1/2 page listing: max 480 characters, Full page listing: max 1000 characters)
- Save the details

Your exhibition listing will then be submitted to appear in the Brighton Photo Fringe festival guide.

Brighton Photo Fringe is a registered charity (NO. 1148109). The festival is self-funding, so all proceeds go towards the cost of production.

Open calls

  • New opportunity for lens-based artists
    -The deadline for this has now passed-

    For full details click here

  • A photography competition for 14–18 year olds
    Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 8 September 2016
    Submissions open
    Click here for full details

  • Professional development programme for early career curators

    -The deadline for this has now passed​-

    Find out more here

  • A new open submission opportunity for early-career learning and participation professionals.
    -The deadline for this has now passed​-

    Click here for more info

How to take part

Show your work

Thank you for considering taking part in BPF16.

Brighton Photo Fringe (BPF) is one of the largest and most inclusive festival of its kind in the UK. Every two years BPF designs and delivers a city-wide festival of exhibitions and events.

For four weeks during October 2016 exhibitions and events in galleries, cafés, shops, community spaces and empty retail spaces will once again permeate the city to create a diverse and vibrant festival that attracts local, national and international participants and audiences. It is up to you to create the programme.

To take part you just need to have a body of work ready to show and to find a venue. Deadline to be included in our print brochure is 11 July. CLICK HERE to register your exhibition for inclusion.

Finding a venue

— What kind of space do you need?

— How much space do you need?

— How long would you like your exhibition to last?

— Will you need to invigilate the space?

— Does your work lend itself to one type of venue more than others?

— Is this an opportunity to try something new?

Venue ideas:

— Check out previous BPF venues (CLICK HERE to see the list of exhibitions from the previous BPF festival). These venues have contributed their space before and so will already be familiar with BPF.

— Cafes, shops, pubs, churches, libraries, community spaces/halls/centres.

— Empty shops and shop windows (agencies may be more willing to let you use the window rather than opening up the building to the public).

Submit an event

We are now accepting submissions for events during BPF16. We will do short, no image listings for free or you can pay for a larger advertisement in our BPF16 Guide. 

And if you have a participation project that you would like to be part of BPF16 please contact clairewearn@photofringe.org to discuss it's inclusion in our programme. 

Find out more

Sign up to our newsletter to keep updated, join us on facebook and twitter and come to one of our many First Monday meetings at Phoenix Brighton on the the first monday of each month in the run up to the festival launch on 1 October 2016.

image ©Jo Renshaw


Brighton Photo Fringe is a vibrant organisation that supports and develops photographers, lens-based artists and a wide public audience. Every two years Brighton Photo Fringe designs and delivers a city-wide festival of exhibitions and events that attracts local, national and international participants, partners and audiences. It is fundamental to us that our activities are inclusive and accessible to all. 

BPF16 will run from 1 - 30 October 2016 and we're recruiting volunteers to join now to help in the planning and run up to the festival.


• Are interested in Brighton Photo Fringe, our work and ethos
• Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Are enthusiastic, quick to learn, and reliable


• Invigilate BPF16 managed spaces on a rotational basis

• Carry out surveys and observation of visitor numbers and demographics

• You will be friendly and welcoming to visitors, acting as a strong advocate for BPF

• Assist in planning and delivery of programmed events

• Ensure venues and equipment are researched and booked 

• Help with set up and take down of events

• Specific events include: BPF First Mondays, BPF16 launch party, book fair, artist talks, festival tours and workshops.

We are looking for people to start now, with a commitment of at least two half days a week during the festival.

Your time, skills and enthusiasm are incredibly valuable to BPF and we want to ensure that you have an equally valuable and enjoyable experience with us. This project offers you the opportunity to:

• Meet new and like-minded people and create new networks
• Develop and learn new transferable skills in event organisation
• Meet artists and curators and hear about their work
• Gain firsthand experience of the day to day running of arts festivals and events
• Play a key part in an exciting and high quality visual arts event 

You will receive:

• An introduction to the BPF including an overview of the festival, key contacts, venue, information and maps
• A rota with your allocated shifts included
• References and support with your future endeavours
• A thank you end-of-festival get together

We'll run a networking and training session for all volunteers to meet each other, BPF staff members and Board at the beginning of the festival. This session must be attended, as it will set the foundation for the festival, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and gain more insight and information before starting your volunteering. 

Send us an email expressing your interest if you would like to volunteer: elin@photofringe.org

image: ©Ruzena Smolenova

With the support of

  • Metro Imaging
  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Arts Council
  • University of Sussex
  • Brighton Photo Biennal
  • Photoworks