Photo Fringe 2024 Collectives Hub - Open Call

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Exhibition Opportunities - Photo Fringe Collectives Hub
Phoenix Art Space, Brighton (5 October - 17 November 2024)

Deadline for entries: 5pm, Friday 26 July 2024

Free to enter

Photo Fringe invites photography or lens-based artist collectives to submit exhibition proposals for the Photo Fringe 2024 Collectives Hub at Phoenix Art Space, Brighton for our eleventh edition.

The Collectives Hub has been an important part of Photo Fringe since 2014 and has consistently formed one of the most visible, visited and critically acclaimed exhibitions of the festival.

Up to eight collectives will be selected to exhibit within the main gallery space. We are particularly looking for work that responds to our 2024 festival theme, Common Ground.


Finding common ground is a starting point for positive change. Like photography, common ground can bridge divides, challenge stereotypes and create space for collaboration and connection.

We want this year's festival to disrupt traditional hierarchies and encourage a mutually beneficial exchange of perspectives, skills and ideas.

Our theme was inspired by acts of reciprocity between generations of women farming together in Haringey, photographed by Arpita Shah for our recent We Feed The UK co-commission with The Gaia Foundation.


  • Collectives will produce their own exhibitions and meet their own production costs.
  • Work should respond to the festival’s theme of Common Ground (see above). Exhibitors are free to interpret the theme as they wish.
  • There is no upper limit on the number of people comprising your photography or lens-based collectives. They should comprise at least three people.
  • Available exhibition spaces in Phoenix Art Space vary and will be between 3.5m and 5m (w). Photo Fringe Festival Director, Claire Wearn will curate the spaces according to the final selection. Her decision on space is final.
  • Works can be wall hung and/or freestanding.
  • Collectives will be expected to install and de-install their exhibitions themselves with support from a Photo Fringe technician (see timeline).
  • There is no requirement this year to contribute towards invigilating at Phoenix Art Space but we encourage collectives to be present sometimes to engage with audiences.
  • We invite Collectives to attend the festival preview on Friday 4 October.
  • Although exhibitors are not required to live locally, any travel and accommodation costs incurred cannot be reimbursed by Photo Fringe.
  • Opening hours will be Wednesdays - Sundays, 12pm - 5pm
  • All featured collectives will be required to create an online exhibition on our website at
  • Phoenix Art Space take 35% commission on any sales of works
  • There are no submission fees and this opportunity is free to enter. Each selected collective will be required to pay the Photo Fringe 2024 group registration fee (£140), plus a contribution towards production costs (£130) (made payable by 16 August).


  • Please email submissions to: and mark your subject line: Collectives Hub 2024 Submission
  • Include up to 200 words, or alternatively video applications in BSL or English and audio applications of no longer than 3 minutes long about your proposed exhibition.
  • Include up to 200 words about the collective and work exhibited to date
  • Attach up to a maximum of 12 images in JPEG format (72 dpi, each image no larger than 3MB) or for film or video works please send a screener link
  • Include a website or Instagram link

If you require support with your application, please contact Harley Kilburn at:


  • Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Friday 26 July 2024
  • Shortlisted collectives notified: Friday 2 August
  • Install between: Mon 30 Sept and Thursday 3 October
  • Festival Preview: Friday 4 October
  • Exhibition opening dates: 5 October - 17 November
  • De-install: Monday 18 November


Collectives will be selected by Photo Fringe Festival Director, Claire Wearn; Chair of the Photo Fringe Board of Trustees, Rebecca Drew and Executive Director Phoenix Art Space, Lucy Day.


All Collectives exhibiting will need to sign an agreement abiding to the Terms and Conditions of both Photo Fringe and the host venue. These will be issued on selection. Collectives are advised to take out their own contents and public liability insurance. For example from Artist Newsletter:


Photo Fringe is a registered charity supporting early-career photographers and lens-based artists. Developing new ways of seeing together with a year-round inclusive programme of talks and opportunities, Photo Fringe also delivers a biennial open-platform photography festival. Photo Fringe is open to all and everyone's invited.


Phoenix Art Space is a unique arts organisation, located in the centre of Brighton. Established as a charity in 1995, it is a thriving and dynamic space, providing a range of creative opportunities in the heart of the city, including affordable artists’ studios, exhibitions, events, family fun days and various courses.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

[Above] © Syl Ojalla, Collectives Hub, Phoenix Art Space Brighton, Photo Fringe 2020

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