Now in its ninth edition, Photo Fringe presents a month of selected and self-curated photography exhibitions (staged within Covid-19 guidelines) in cafés, shops, galleries and outdoor venues across and beyond the city of Brighton & Hove. This year, much of the festival will be accessed online here with an open platform for digital exhibitions, plus work selected from international open calls.

The Photo Fringe Collectives Hub at Phoenix Art Space features photography and lens-based works by a selection of photographic collectives working in and beyond our region. A regular feature of the festival since 2014, the Collectives Hub is now well-known as a unique platform to celebrate collective creativity and share practice that pushes the boundaries of artists working together.

Chemical-free prints made with foraged plants from Bristol Alternative Photographic Printmakers; lock-down frustrations from Home and Away Collective; RAKE Collective explores far-right radicalisation in internet chat rooms. London Alternative Photography Collective has created landscapes seeped in local folklore; Pachamama draws focus on the relationship between gender and the environment. 2020 Collective of recent LCC graduates probes photography as an emotive language. Landing Collective offers English landscape perspectives exploring how human life and the natural world are intertwined. YumYum Collective encourages a fun way of viewing photography through installation, confusing the lines between a photograph and the space in which the viewer stands. UnderExposed explores the effect of collectivity on art practices.

Photo Fringe 2020 is a call to action, inviting artists and audiences to take photos and to make a difference. To make art and communicate our place in the world through it. To use photography to make change. To develop new ways of seeing together. At this critical moment of historical change the festival asks: “How can photography help us to see the world afresh and help us to envision a fairer, safer, greener world? How can it help us to understand global change? How can your photography make a difference?”
Join the Photo Fringe team at their virtual launch on Saturday 3 October at 18.00. Find out more.

From 3 – 31 October, the galleries at Phoenix Art Space will be open Thursday – Sunday, 1pm – 5pm. Visitors must pre-book a free, timed slot in advance of their visit. Only a limited number of people are allowed into our building so it’s essential that all visitors book. BOOK HERE
Please contact chloe@phoenixbrighton.org to organise a school, college or university group visit.
Tickets also grant you entry to Denise Felkin: Mum’s Not the Word.

About Photo Fringe

Photo Fringe supports early-career photographers and lens-based artists, showcases new talent, and enables all kinds of people to enjoy and experiment with photography. Every two years Photo Fringe designs and delivers one of the largest photographic festivals of its kind in the UK. Photo Fringe develops new ways of seeing together, it’s open to all and everybody’s invited.

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