Hull International Photography Festival

5th October to 28th October 2018, from The Creative & Cultural Company

HIP Fest may well be the country’s biggest annual Photography festivals and it returns for a 5th year. Turning the city’s largest shopping mall into a cultural centre for the whole month, 12 major exhibitions in converted galleries will stand alongside the usual outfitters, boutiques and chains. It is this unique venue that helped account for  8600 visits to the festival last year.


New for 2018

PhotoCity come to Hull for the opening weekend, following on from their PhotoCity London exhibition & trade show close by St Paul's Cathedral. 

Partners Fujiholics & Redeye will be facilitating on the opening weekend, which will feature more workshops, masterclasses and photowalks than ever before. Making 50 events over the month.

Festival highlights

Exhibitions

POP, by legendary photographer Brian Griffin, features his music photography and album covers from the UK’s post punk and new wave music scene

Premier of the intense and personal Stranger In My Mother’s Kitchen exhibition by Celine Marchbank delves the therapeutic power of photography (shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Photography Awards) 

A world premiere exhibition of fashion icons in Haute Couture to the Birth of Prêt-à-Porter A Fashion Retrospective by Marilyn Stafford

A1 Britain On The Verge by World Press Award-winning photographer  Peter Dench is a homage to Britain’s longest road, captured with Peter’s typical sense of humour and humanity.

50 Workshops and Masterclass include

A masterclass by Youtuber sensation Sean Tucker

Fujiholics director Matt Hart takes us out on a photowalk

Elke Vogelsang is coming from Germany to talk Dogsonality

Tom Stoddart shows how every picture tells a story


HipFest is committed to bringing new talent, and radical and diverse artistic sensibilities, to a curious public. So expect to discover new and intriguing photographers and unforeseen views of the world. There is an open exhibition and learning opportunities for all levels of ability and experience 

This year HIP FEST supports Care International’s Lendwithcare Campaign and will have an exhibition from 5 international women photographers to raise awareness. 

Alan Raw Curator & Festival Director said:

“In just five years, HIP Fest has established its credentials as one of the most significant photography events in Europe.  Thanks to our fabulous volunteers we have put together a stunning celebration of photography for 2018. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming Celine Marchbank and Marilyn Stafford to HIPFest, their work highlights the contribution female photographers have made, and are making, to this most democratic of art forms. There will be something for everyone and plenty to learn, do and enjoy.”


A £5 entry ticket (wristband) gives access to all exhibitions, discussions, the HIPfest Prize Draw, on-site discounts and access to many of the workshops. Premier workshops, master-classes and portfolio reviews require individual additional tickets, available on Eventbrite.

For further details of the festival visit www.HIPfest.co.uk or email: hipgalleryinfo@gmail.com

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Introducing Illuminate

Illuminate, a photography organisation aimed at providing a network and a platform to quality photographic practice in Hull. 


Who are you, what's your motto? Illuminate is a photography network based in Hull and East Yorkshire where I am from. It was founded by myself, Verity Adriana, and fellow Hull artist Anna Bean back in 2014 after each of us had spoken at Redeye in Manchester. We agreed that Hull needed a network for the photographic talent that exists there to find support and opportunities. There are photography galleries and clubs in Hull but we felt there was a gap that Illuminate could help with, given our experience in the art world and our teaching experience. 

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Image by  Anna Bean

Image by Anna Bean

Have you studied photography? What are your thoughts? I have studied photography at Leeds Arts University at postgraduate level, which was a fantastic experience not only at allowing me to develop my own practice but to seek out opportunities and commissions. It wasn't until I was putting my work in front of people that I became more confident and developed further as an artist. I consider my self a photographic artist and focus on the artistic practice of photography. I have had pieces exhibited in America, Italy, London and Hull and have been published in Lungs, Art Reveal, Yorkshire Art Journal and Guardian Online. I currently work at Coventry University on the Guardian ranked no1 Photography degree in the country as Assistant Lecturer, a job I love!

What is Illuminate? Where did the idea arise from? What has the group achieved so far? Illuminate is a photography network based in Hull that is run by myself, Verity Adriana and was co founded with Anna Bean. We knew there was a gap in the photography scene in Hull for local artists to showcase their talent and provide them with opportunities. Having both worked as lecturers for many years we knew how to nurture talent and help people develop. Once you have learned how to use a camera, what can you do with it? How can you express your ideas or document what you are interested in? We began by putting out a call out in Hull and surrounding areas for people to come and speak at our first event, Illuminate: Speak. We were overwhelmed with applications of all kinds of levels of experience and genre. We ran our first presentation event, where eight Hull based photographer each spoke about their work to a room full of the Illuminate audience. This was so popular that we ran two more events and featured artists such as Graeme Oxby, Rich Wiles, Saskia Blacker and Les Monaghan to name but a handful. Illuminate has showcased the work of various photographic practitioners of international acclaim and hobbyists alike; we are particularly interested in artists that show a sophistication of ideas and development as well as technical ability. 

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Tell us more about Project Legacy 2018 and your successful funding bid. From there I wrote a project based on an idea Anna had seen work for another organisation, where we would commission two artists as well as ourselves, to produce a body of work that investigates the legacy of the City of Culture post 2017 in Hull. We put another call out in on social media and selected two artists called Anete Soda and Karim Skalli, (both Hull based and photography graduates), whose proposals we felt were the most interesting in how they would explore the idea of the impact of the city of culture in Hull's makers, public,  artists, venues, spaces and places, businesses and developments. It is obviously very early to really understand the full potential of the legacy however this project will be interesting in how it can explore the early days, and in a way is becoming part of the legacy itself, by continuing to explore and produce art in Hull that is about the city.

Images by  Karim Skalli

Images by Karim Skalli

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We are passionate about paying artists, rather than expecting that they work for free or for 'exposure'. So I put together a successful funding bid sent to Hull City Council, and we can now pay each artist a small fee to make the work. I will be looking at other sources of funding also, as we will need further resources when it comes to production and exhibition time! 

Can people get involved with what you are doing? If so, how? Absolutely, we plan on having public events, discussions and engagement. So far the project is in its infancy, or development phase, so as we build and progress what we are doing we are putting out a series of posts online across the website and social media, introducing each artist and their ideas and practice. I would encourage everyone to follow us, not only to see who we are and what we are doing, but how they can engage with future events and contribute to the project.

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Images by  Anete Sooda

Images by Anete Sooda

What does the group have planned for the future? For the immediate future we plan on each artist developing our projects, researching and making images. I am deep in the research stages, and have been lucky enough to speak to city planners, historians, artists and even the mayor in Londonderry, the previous hosts of City of Culture - as well as reading up on culture, arts and photographic practice in culture. As a group we will be producing resolved works by December and plan to exhibit in spring 2019 in Hull. I have also contacted the Culture team in Coventry so that potentially the exhibition could travel. I also want to find further funding for us to help us produce and exhibit. We have further plans for exhibition time, but for now they are secret and will be announced nearer the time!


Find out more about Illuminate here
@illuminatehull
www.illuminatehull.org

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