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PhotoEast- A Bank Holiday Bonanza

17 May 2018 12:15PM

The transformation of the Ipswich Waterfront into an outdoor photography gallery begins this week as familiar landmarks, including the former Burtons Mill and the Winerack, prepare to host the work of internationally and locally renowned photographers for the second PhotoEast Festival.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26 May-Monday 28 May 2018), a programme of exhibitions and events offers something for everyone with an interest in photography.

  • On Saturday 26 May, talks by industry renowned photographers including Mark Power, Tom Hunter, Sian Davies and Michael Collins will take place at the University’s Waterfront Building.  Academics from the University will also be hosting a series of talks entitled ‘Approaches to Landscape’. Places for all the talks are free but advance registration is recommended at
  • The BA (Hons) Photography degree show by students at the University will be on display in the foyer of the Waterfront Building over the weekend until 7 June before moving to a London venue.  Also on display will be the graduate exhibition by Photograd, curated by former University of Suffolk student Melissa Belton, and the work of PhotoEast Young People's Fellowship winners. 
  • New for 2018, an Instagram Open Call around the festival theme #ibelong18 attracted over 2,500 entries from photographers, professional and amateur, from close to home and further afield.  All are available in an on-line gallery at and 50 of the best have been selected by Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian for the On The Fence exhibition on the Waterfront, on view throughout the festival.
  • Mark Power's The Shipping Forecast heads the bill at the University's Waterfront Gallery as an ode to the BBC’s eponymous radio broadcast and a uniquely British institution. The haunting images take us to the places behind the familiar names – Biscay, Viking, German Bight – and serve as a physical reminder of our isolated, island existence.
  • A Global Family Trail on the Waterfront will take place with prizes for the first 100 entries and the chance to win a family studio shoot with Mark Palmer Photography, Framlingham worth over £500. A photobooth in a 1980s French fire-engine, a camera obscura offering a stunning panorama of the Ipswich Waterfront from the Waterfront Building and PhotoCopy Club (booking required) all have teenage appeal.  
  • At DanceEast, photography meets dance in a specially choreographed installation Carte Postale, by Tim Casson and Halesworth-based photographic artist Bill Jackson, which runs throughout the day on Saturday 26th. Look out for the public rehearsals for this ‘dancing postcard’ all about Ipswich taking place around the town in the run-up to PhotoEast. 
  • In the newly opened La Tour Cycle Café, the work of Ipswich photographer, Gillian Allard, winner of the 2017 Sky Arts, Master of Photography Competition, will be on display. In a special commission for PhotoEast, in association with Suffolk Refugee Support, Gillian has been working with refugees living in Ipswich to produce some larger-than-life mixed media artworks and a series of triptychs documenting the experience of refugees in the town. 
  • The People's History, Julian Germain's photographic homage to Ipswich Town's FA Cup Final win in 1978, will be on show at Quay Place throughout the month-long festival.  The exhibition will come alive on Sunday 27 May at 3pm, when players, photographers, fans and guests join Julian at DanceEast for a special commemorative event. (Tickets available at

Mark Edwards, Associate Professor and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Suffolk said, “PhotoEast this year promises to bring a varied and interesting programme of events, talks and exhibitions to the Waterfront; there is something for everyone. We are fortunate in Suffolk to have some of the very best photographers and the Photography degree at the University nurtures future talent which will be expressed through the students’ End of Year show.”


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