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(image: © Amak Mahmoodian, still from Shenasnameh, 2016


BPF OPEN18 is an open call for early-career photographers and moving image
artists offering the following opportunities:

  • All entrants’ work seen by a panel of influential professionals
  • Up to 10 artists will be listed on our website and have an image projected at the
  • Brighton Photo Fringe Launch Party on 29 September 2018
  • Up to 10 shortlisted artists will have their film projected at ONCA
  • The 10 artists will also have their work showcased on the BPF website
  • Exhibition fee of £50.00

This October, Brighton Photo Fringe will deliver a festival that will activate disused spaces, open-air sites, cafés, bars, shop fronts and galleries across the city, platforming a vast and eclectic selection of inspiring new photography. By entering you could exhibit at ONCA Gallery as part of a shortlist of up to
10 artists, alongside the festival’s keynote solo exhibition. 

The festival will run from 29 September to 28 October 2018, alongside the internationally acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial. In 2016 both festivals attracted over 100,000 visitors and received
significant press coverage.

This year’s festival will examine the way photography shapes and changes our lives and how together we can develop new ways of seeing. Brighton Photo Fringe doesn’t set a theme for artists taking part. So please enter work that you consider relates to photography in some way. We want to show work that is well resolved, exciting and innovative.

Brighton Photo Fringe is seeking to platform moving image work by early-career practitioners that is informed by photography and photographic practice in some way.

We look forward to receiving your entry.


Submissions of work are invited from early-career photographers and artists, by this we mean someone who is just beginning to gain recognition.

The work submitted must be a moving image work of no more than ten minutes long, that has not been previously exhibited in the UK (the body of work can be graduate work if it has not been shown outside a University or art college and can have been screened online or as part of a one day screening event.)

Entrants may submit any work that they consider is informed by photography and
photographic practice in some way.

Artists working solely or mainly in still images should see our OPEN18 SOLO call.

Artists between the ages of 14 to 18 should apply for our OPEN18 Young
Photographers, to be announced here shortly. 

OPEN18 Selectors
A panel of specialists will select the shortlist. This year’s panel includes:

  • Rob Dingle (Independent Curator / Contemporary Projects Manager, Art Fund)
  • Kay Watson (Digital Curator at the Serpentine Galleries and BPF Trustee)
  • Mark Aerial Waller (Artist and Lecturer, BA Moving Image, University of Brighton)
  • Inga Fraser (Curator and Art Historian)
  • Lu-Lu Evans (Business & Operations Manager, ONCA)

About the exhibition venue
ONCA supports the wellbeing of people and places by increasing awareness of, and
engagement with, environmental and social challenges. They are a space for meeting,
thinking, learning and celebrating art, always encouraging artists and audiences to ask
big questions about difficult issues.

To find out how ONCA began, read their story here.

You can see pictures of the space here:

Exhibition dates:29 September to 28 October 2018


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