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Northern Eye International Photography Festival

6th October 2017

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A MAJOR new international photography exhibition will take place in Conwy county this autumn.

Tickets are now on sale for the Northern Eye International Photography Festival, which opens on Monday, October 9 in Colwyn Bay and runs until Saturday, October 21.

During the weekend of Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, luminaries from the photography world will speak at the town’s Theatr Colwyn, including Eamonn McCabe, former Guardian picture editor and presenter of BBC 4’s recent ‘Britain in Focus’, Amanda Jackson who was shortlisted for Environmental Photographer of the Year and Bridget Coaker, the present picture editor of the Guardian and Observer.

There will also be free pop-up exhibitions in empty retail units around the town, with work by, amongst others, Brian David Stevens on the Grenfell Tower fire and Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin, a Los Angeles based photographer whose work focuses on the urban environment. Kwasi was picked by Time Magazine as one of 12 African American photographers to follow in 2017.

The festival has been set up by Paul Sampson, curator of Oriel Colwyn photography gallery which is based upstairs at Theatr Colwyn. He’s partnered up with the organisers of the established Aberystwyth Eye Festival to get the Colwyn Bay event off the ground.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring such high quality speakers and work to the town,” said Paul. “This is the first time an international photography festival has taken place in North Wales and we are excited at the prospect of launching the event and hope it will be the first of many.”

The festival programme also includes pop-up workshops on subjects such as gig photography, camera skills sessions, zine, photobook and bookbinding drop-ins. 

Amateur or professional photographers are also invited to submit work for inclusion at the festival, on the theme of ‘The Year of Legends’. All those who take part will receive a photograph taken by another participant, in what Mr Sampson calls a nod to Wales-based Magnum photographer David Hurn’s current Print Swap exhibition.

All of the exhibitions during the festival are free to get in to, but the core speaker weekend at Theatr Colwyn is ticket only. These are now on sale, with an Early Bird promotion running until the end of August, at a discounted rate of £45 instead of £65 and are available from www.northerneyefestival.co.uk where there’s full festival itinerary available to view.

For more information / image requests please contact Paul Sampson on 07425 157845 curator@orielcolwyn.org

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