The countdown has begun to Suffolks very first photography festival.
PhotoEast, an arts start-up based in Framlingham, is in collaboration with University Campus Suffolk(UCS) in delivering the first PhotoEast international photography festival from 24 May-25 June 2016.
PhotoEast will follow the theme Of Time and Place and will showcase photography as the most diverse and accessible art form, from the work of world-renowned photographers to community workshops, from historic archives to social media. Photography exhibitions and events, indoors and out, will be held on the Waterfront in Ipswich and at other locations along the East Suffolk railway line.
The 4-week festival will begin with the opening of the final year work of UCS Photography students in the foyer of UCS Waterfront Building in Ipswich.
A day of photography-centred activity will talk place on Saturday 28 May in Ipswich. Talks and events will take place at UCS Ipswich. These will feature Fiona Shields, Guardian Picture Editor, Chloe Dewe Matthews who will be discussing her homage to WWI deserters and Ipswich-born Julian Germain who will be speaking about his Generations project.
Headlining the Festival at UCS, in the Waterfront Gallery, will be Face of the Century by Julian Germain and The Family by Zed Nelson.
Also on 28 May, a collaboration with DanceEast will produce a Moving Gallery - a choreographed blend of specially commissioned imagery and dance to launch the Festival along the Waterfront and a Photocopy Club will take place in Cult Caf for families.
Exhibitions along the Waterfront will include Omnibus by George Georgiou, showing his work after being the photographer-in-residence on Ipswich Buses,documenting life in the town from the top deck. Tim Mitchells Welcome to the Waterfront uses the highly-prized archive photography of Ipswich docks. Tim has created a new piece of work specifically for the Festival with local residents and the Ipswich Maritime Trust.
Keeping with the theme Of Time and Place and the nautical location, a shipping container will be located on the Waterfront projecting the work of international award-winning photographers including Stepehan Vanfleteren, Mads Nissen, Chris Keulen and Lana Slezic
Bringing some canine fun to the Festival will be photographerBill Jackson who will be running a pop-up studio at The Cut in Halesworth. Bill will be photographing dog owners with their pets and updating Libby Hallshistoric collection These are our Dogs exhibition on show at The Cut.
An archive collection of Russian photographer Alexander Rodchenkos photographs will also be on display at Darsham Nurseries.
The Festival is key to the shared ambition of PhotoEast and UCS to establish Suffolk as a centre for excellence in photography. In subsequent years, the aim is to extend the Festival along the railway line as far as Lowestoft and create economic and artistic opportunities for students and local photographers to develop their practice.
Course leader for BA (Hons) Photography at UCS, Mark Edwards, said "We are thrilled to be playing an active part in this exciting new festival of photography. It's an exciting exhibition programme of internationally renowned photographers and will be an inspiration for the students whilst the lectures and workshops, together with the opportunities to exhibit within the festival, will give them a fantastic insight into the world ofprofessionalphotography."
For PhotoEast founder, Adrian Evans, it brings the experience of his London-based photography agency, Panos Pictures, closer to home. "Where else could one find a local authority and local businesses so ready to embrace the vision of a new photography festival? Ipswich has the audiences, the venues and the potential to become a major event on the international photography calendar."
PhotoEast has received sponsorship and in kind support from the following: Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Skinners Dog Food, Gotelee Solicitors, Ipswich Buses, The Suffolk Coast, Magnox, Ipswich Maritime Trust, Unite Union, Associated British Ports (ABP), East of England Co-op, Cult Cafe, New Cut Arts, DanceEast, Darsham Nurseries, East Anglian Daily Times, Panos Pictures, MSC, Salthouse Hotels, Jessops (Ipswich) and the Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership.