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Brighton Photo Biennial: Update

From 26 to 28 October OCA will be running a weekend study visit to the Brighton Photo Biennial. This will be our fourth visit to BPB and it offers an excellent opportunity for students to gather together and share a weekend of diverse photographic exhibitions and events under the guidance of tutors.
Examining the current state of flux as the United Kingdom redefines its role in Europe, the eighth Brighton Photo Biennial draws on one of the most important geopolitical events of our time. The UK’s status within the EU may be changing, but geographically we will remain part of Europe – with a shared history and intertwined future.Much of the photography in Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 responds to this current uncertainty. Visitors are invited to examine Britain’s geography as an island: simultaneously divided and connected; and to reflect on the ongoing refugee crisis and photography’s role in the construction of national identities.
The study visit will focus on highlights from Brighton Photo Biennial and its partner Brighton Photo Fringe. The following schedule is aimed at helping students plan their trips, but may be subject to slight change. (Further details will be provided two weeks before the visit goes ahead, for those attending.)

Friday 26th October 

  • Afternoon from 2pm:  Viewing and discussing selected Photo Fringe exhibitions
  • Evening:  ‘Over Hills and Seas’ exhibition at Regency House, Brunswick Square, Hove, with guided introduction from Tim Andrews. – Followed by informal drinks nearby.
Saturday 27th October
  • 11am to 4pm:  Photoworks bespoke tour of key BPB18 exhibitions
  • Evening:  A guided introduction by OCA tutor Les Monaghan to his Photo Fringe Open18 Participate commission We Are All Connected’. There may also be an opportunity to attend the Photo Fringe closing party/reception (details TBC).
Sunday 28th October
  • Morning from 10:30 – 1pm (2pm close): Plenary & work-in-progress group reviews with Gina Lundy, Les Monaghan and Jayne Taylor. (Venue TBC).


Brighton Photo Biennial and Brighton Photo Fringe are two entirely separate programmes, each with its own website. Students attending the festivals will get the most out of the visit by to subscribing up for updates from both websites.

The Brighton Photo website contains helpful information on travelling to and around Brighton & Hove – there is also currently discounted travel available to students via the Unidays website.
To join OCA Programme Leader for Photography Gina Lundy and OCA tutor Jayne Taylor please click here and complete the form. Please note there is a non-refundable* £10 booking fee for this study event. Payment links will be sent by the OCA accounts team and this must be paid by Friday 19 October or your place will be forfeited. Sign up by 12 October.

*If the event is cancelled – refunds will be issued.
Image Credit: © Émeric Lhuisset L’Autre Rive, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, Germany, France, Denmark, Syria, 2010 – 2018

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