Reclaim Photography Festival 2017

17 December 2016


Reclaim Photography West Midlands has announced the launch for its open call for submissions for its second international photography festival: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017.  The Festival will take place across a range of venues and galleries in Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton, from 6 May to 7 June 2017.

Event organiser, Maxine Watts said, “After the enormous success of our first Festival, participants are encouraged to respond to a unique Festival theme reflecting the wonderful cultural diversity and heritage across the region and internationally. Individuals suffering particular hardships are often unable to access photography competitions and exhibitions. This Festival offers the public and emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and to exhibit their work, alongside our internationally exhibiting photographers. Through the generosity of Palm Labs, Birmingham, we are able to offer an online submission and will print 600 images to accompany our digital displays, and range of events for the viewing public.”

To accompany the street events a travelling gallery exhibition, hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, will offer the public a unique opportunity to see a selection of photographs by UK and international amateur, professional and world renowned photographers.

Maxine Watts added, “We are proud to announce this year’s Festival Adjudicator is British artist Richard Billingham, whose work in public collections includes the V&A and Tate Galleries in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and San Francisco MOMA. Richard will work with our Festival curators to select thirty images for the touring gallery exhibition.

For the first time, the Festival will offer exciting work experience opportunities in addition to professional awards for some of our gallery exhibitors. These include a solo exhibition at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham’s newest contemporary photography gallery; an opportunity to spend the day at the studio of celebrated British portrait and fashion photographer Rankin, exclusively for a photographer aged between 18-25, and a year’s membership with the prestigious Royal Photographic Society.

Prints from both the public events and touring gallery exhibition will be auctioned off by Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers, to raise funds for regional charity St Basils, who work with young people aged 16-25, to prevent youth homelessness.

Reclaim Photography Festival 2017:
Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes

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