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Visual Art Group - Brighton spring residential weekend

Event info


The next spring residential weekend will be in Brighton. This venue has been selected due to popular demand from our members and for the many photographic opportunities the area presents. It also boasts first rate public transport and rail links.

During May/June Brighton are also holding their annual festival so we are fortunate to be there in the thick of things and the hotel we have chosen for the weekend (Jury’s Inn Waterfront) is situated on the seafront positioned between the East and West piers and backs on to the famous lanes (Ideal for scouting the numerous shops and for the superb opportunities for ‘street’ photography it presents). It is also a short walk from the famous ‘ Brighton Pavilion’, an architectural gem.

The structure of the weekend will be along the same lines as previous weekends and will consist of two workshops as detailed below, together with some excellent speakers also listed below.


There will be two workshops and various talks during the weekend, the first being a workshop and talk from Paul Mitchell FRPS.

Paul is currently the Chair of the Visual Art Distinctions panel and also serves on the Landscape Distinction Panel. His talk and workshop ‘The Seeing Eye’ encourages the participants to look beyond the obvious and explores details, textures, shapes found in nature and man-made objects. He will be taking his group around the more unfamiliar parts of Brighton and his talk will be accompanied by images of his work as usual.

The second workshop and talk will be conducted by Tony Bramley FRPS . Tony works from his home studio/offices near Colchester in Essex. He has been working as a professional photographer for over twenty five years, winning several awards and accreditations in this time within professional photography with the British Institute of Professional Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2016, he started The Light Academy, photography training for one2ones, group training & group workshops. In December 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society for his unique conceptual work on Suprematism within photography. This was followed with the RPS Fellowship of the Year Award in 2016.

Tony is a photographer working in a very unique style and his talk ‘The Russians Are Coming’ is his photographic journey that eventually led to him receiving his Fellowship.

Tony’s workshop will be centered around ‘Brighton’s Modernist Architecture’

Although known for its Regency architecture, Brighton has a good history of more Modernist works. The workshop will explore some of Brighton’s key modernist buildings including Brighton’s Art Deco and Brutalism period. Many, as expected, are central to the seafront and main town. Time will be allowed also for any Post Modern and Contemporary buildings we pass on the route.

In addition to these we will be having talks from Andy Holliman who will be discussing Abstraction in Photography and Jo Teasdale FRPS who will be giving talks on both of her major projects – ‘My Adopted Family’ and ‘The Factory’

Weekend schedule and costs

As in previous weekends we will still be having several show and tell sessions. These will consist of images members bring to share with the group (any Distinction Panels will also be welcome), those taken at the workshops and not forgetting images taken for our weekend Theme which I will tell you about at Brighton.

The workshops will be run as normal on Saturday and Sunday with a maximum of 8-10 participants on each workshop on each day. The cost for workshops will be £65.00.

The overall cost for this residential weekend including breakfast, dinner and all talks will be £435.00 for a single room and £630.00 for a double/Twin, an increase of £60.00 compared to our Liverpool weekend prices of two years ago.

This cost reflects the increase in hotel prices following the COVID-19 outbreak over this period but we have still managed to keep costs down to a reasonable level.

We intend to send the booking form out to members early in the new year. In the meantime we are asking for expressions of interest in order to ascertain the level of demand. It promises to be an excellent weekend in a truly great location. So if you would like to make a preliminary booking, or if you would like more information, please contact Mike Kitchingman by email, using

‘Looking forward to hearing from you’

Event Organiser

Mike Kitchingman


Venue Information

Across the street from Brighton Beach along the English Channel, this upscale hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Royal Pavilion palace and 13 minutes on foot from Brighton train station, it is also just a few minutes from the famous 'Lanes'. Bright rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities. Amenities include an atrium bar and a weekend lounge, plus a restaurant. There’s also a health club (fee) with an indoor pool, a gym, a sauna and a spa.


Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

King's Road