How to exhibit in BPF18

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Show your work

Brighton Photo Fringe is one of the largest and most inclusive festivals of its kind in the UK. Every two years in October we deliver a city-wide festival of exhibitions and events.

For four weeks exhibitions and events in galleries, cafés, shops, community spaces and empty retail spaces 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 need to have a body of work ready to show and you need to find a venue or platform to show it. You will need to provide information and pay the fee to take part in the festival, and you will need to complete the contract and evaluation process.

The next festival will take place from 29 September to 28 October 2018.

Deadline for listing in the festival (fee payable) will be 15 August 2018.

Submissions will go live shortly - watch this space.

See all the facts and info on the benefits of being involved in the fringe by Downloading our BPF Key Facts pack here!


Fees to take part in BPF18 are as follows. This allows us to cover some of the marketing costs and provides match funding for our application to Arts Council England. it includes a one to one with a member of the BPF team, an exhibitors pack and evaluation instructions as well as publicity templates.

£100, including a quarter page listing in the printed brochure and website listing.

£140, including a half page listing in the printed brochure and website listing.

£200, including a full page listing in the printed brochure and website listing.

Finding a venue

— What kind of space do you need?

— How much space do you need?

— What conditions do you need to conserve your work?

— 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 Brighton Photo Fringe venues (CLICK HERE to see the list of exhibitions from Brighton Photo Fringe festival 2016). These venues have contributed their space before and so will already be familiar with Brighton Photo Fringe. They book up early though so don't leave it to the last minute.

— Try talking to cafes, shops, pubs, churches, libraries, community spaces/halls/centres, the Open Market and other public spaces.

— 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). Shop windows have worked well in the past, especially if you can arrange a tour of different ones for visitors.

— Or what about an outdoor space; a magazine left in cafés and pubs and other Photo Fringe venues; or even a website address that you advertise in the brochure and on a flier.

Be creative and get your friends involved to help. Putting on your own exhibition can be a lot of work but it doesn't necessarily need to be very expensive if you can be a bit experimental. Swap skills with friends. Get involved in peer review groups. Make sure you are mindful of health and safety. We'll post some guidance on this soon.

Marketing your work

And perhaps most importantly, make sure you think about marketing your exhibition and attracting an audience. Be visible. Be where people pass by. Tell people about the exhibition through your social media networks, your blog, website or mailing list. We'll be posting more on this shortly.

Submit an event

We welcome events as part of the festival programme. Listings for events are free.

We will also be interested to hear about any participation project you are planning.

You will be able to submit this information soon. We'll post links here in August 2018.

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 first Monday of each month outside of the festival period (dates shift for bank holidays so please check social media for exact dates). There will no meet up in August but we will be back in September with a bumper session.

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