Spirit in the Room

International Photography Exhibition 163

Event info

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International Photography Exhibition 163

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the world’s longest running photography exhibition. Now in its 163rd edition, the IPE 163 is a powerful exhibition that demonstrates the breadth of contemporary image-making and storytelling today.

The exhibition explores themes of identity, cultural heritage, global societal issues, gender politics, mental health, the natural world, and the human condition. The selected work pays particular attention to the personal impacts of the pandemic, capturing hardship, grief, resilience, and hope.  

A total of 105 works by 60 photographers will be on display at RPS Gallery, Bristol from 16 April to 21 August 2022. 

The selected photographs were chosen anonymously from a worldwide open call in which over 8000 images were entered by 3,944 photographers from 114 countries.  

The IPE 163 showcases experimental techniques and innovative approaches to challenge expectations, ignite conversation and give a voice to underrepresented communities. Collectively, the exhibition compels us to reimagine the way we interpret the world. 

The IPE is supported by theprintspace

Find out more about IPE 163: rps.org/ipe163

Please see below the ticket information for details of the series of events accompanying the exhibition.


Advanced ticket booking is advised.
Advanced tickets will be released every week

The gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday (and Bank Holidays), 10:00am - 5:00pm. Last entry is 4:30pm. Please book a day ticket below.

Entry to the exhibition is free for everyone. Please consider purchasing a ticket which includes a donation of £5. As an independent charity the RPS needs your support, and your donation helps us to continue our mission of bringing 'Photography for Everyone'.

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RPS Exhibitions Team


Venue Information

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There is public parking in Paintworks. We also have reserved parking spaces we can make available for those with accessibility requirements. Please contact us in advance if you would like to reserve a space. From ground level there are lifts to reach RPS House on the raised ground floor.


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