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Image by Alice Jacobs, install of BPF16 SOLO – Dana Ariel, Encountering Perforated Ground


BPF OPEN18 SOLO is a solo exhibition opportunity for an early-career photographer offering the following opportunities.

  • All entrants’ work seen by a panel of influential professionals
  • 100 longlisted artists will be listed on our website and have an image projected at the Brighton Photo Fringe Launch Party on 29 September 2018
  • 20 shortlisted artists will have submitted images projected at ONCA 
  • One artist will be offered a solo exhibition at ONCA, the keynote exhibition of the festival, with an artist’s fee of £750, mentoring, and print costs covered by our sponsor Metro Imaging Ltd.

By entering you could exhibit at ONCA Gallery as part of a shortlist of 20 or be selected as our solo artist for 2018.

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 Photo Fringe 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 to be in some way photographic. We want to show work that is well resolved, exciting and innovative.

We look forward to receiving your entry. 



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

The work submitted must be an existing body of work 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.)

Entrants may submit any work that considers itself in some way photographic.

Artists working solely or mainly in moving image should see our OPEN18 MOVING IMAGE call.

Artists between the ages of 14 to 18 should apply for our OPEN18 YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS. 

OPEN18 Selectors

A panel of specialists will select a shortlist and solo exhibition artist. This year’s panel is:

  • Steve Macleod (Artist and Director, Metro Imaging Ltd)
  • Rebecca Drew (Chair, Brighton Photo Fringe)
  • Dana Ariel (Artist and BPF OPEN16 SOLO winner)
  • Bindi Vora (Curatorial Assistant at Hayward Gallery. Artist. Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster and part of Hemera, a photographic Curatorial Collective)
  • Tamar Clarke-Brown (Curator, Artist & Writer)
  • Sam Mercer (Producer of Digital Programme, The Photographers’ Gallery)
  • Karin Andreasson (Picture Editor, News, Guardian News & Media)
  • 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.

ONCA does all this from their gallery and performance space in Brighton, UK, where they host a range of events – some led and curated by them, and some by visiting artists and companies who hire the gallery. To find out how ONCA began, read their story here.

You can see pictures of the space here:

Exhibition dates: 29th September to 28th October 2018


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