Support BPF and play a vital part in our future

Bill Leslie, What Will a Sculpture Made to be Photographed Look Like? BPF Commission 2016

Brighton Photo Fringe is a registered charity (1148109) and a company limited by guarantee (08073756). We are run by a volunteer Board of Trustees led by the Chair, Rebecca Drew. Our aim is to develop new ways of seeing together.

BPF receives no regular state funding and has to raise all the funding required to deliver our much-loved biennial festival and regular professional development events.

The Board of Trustees apply for funding from Arts Council England, Trusts and Foundations and other public grants such as the national lottery funds. Fees for our open submissions, our brochures and Hubs make vital contributions and provide match funding that levers in public funding. In addition we have received fantastic support from our partners and corporate sponsors such as Metro Imaging Ltd, Colourstream, Earthborn Paints, Wenban-Smith, Nutshell Natural Paints, Brewers, and Brewdog beer. Locate Producations are very kindly sharing their office with us and the University of Sussex provide vital storage space. Without this support we would not be able to produce our activities.

To continue to support emerging talent and make our activity truly accessible we need to raise more funds and develop a regular host of core financial backers. This will enable us to be more sustainable, pay for year-round staff to help with fundraising and marketing and help us lever more grant funding.

We therefore rely on individual gifts from our growing circle of patrons; from crowdfunding campaigns; annual auctions and the sale of merchandise.

BPF Patrons

You can become a BPF Patron by donating £100 or more.

We will organise special tours for Patrons; host special private views; studio visits and patrons will have preferential booking for our events.

Founding Patrons

  • Gordon MacDonald and Clare Strand
  • Anne Williams
  • Robert Ashby
  • Tom Wandrag

And those who would like to remain anonymous.

Patrons receive special newswires, preferrential booking, free entry to our Launch Party and Closing Party, special tours and studio visits.

Donate here or email for more information.

Become a Photo Fringe Friend

As a BPFF, you'll get dedicated newswires, special tours and preferential booking with free entry to our Launch Party (advanced booking required).

But most of all you'll get the satisfaction of knowing that with your help we are able to nurture new talent and make our activities accessible to everyone. it's a great way to meet other people who love photography.

It's only £20 to join for two years. Join here (coming soon)


Every year we will run a crowdfunding campaign to boost our reserves. Please give generously during the campaign and help us promote it by sharing with your networks. If you would like to donate a reward please email


We are always looking for great books and prints to auction at our festival closing event. You can contribute to the ongoing ambition of the Photo Fringe by donating prints, books and other photography related items to us. Email if you have something to donate.

BPF Merchandise Sales

We have beautiful badges, t-shirts and tote bags embellished with our distinctive logo.

A brilliant way to support us and get a great gift too. Get yours by emailing

  • BPF16 Badge – £2
  • BPF16 Tote Bag – £5
  • BPF16 T-shirt – £7.50


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Photo Fringe consistently demonstrates exceptional value for money. Led by volunteers, Photo Fringe endeavours to make all its activities self-financing. Public funding makes up only a third of the current Photo Fringe budget and pays for freelance consultants essential to delivering our intensive programmes. Help us continue to develop our much-needed programmes by donating here. Every little helps.

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