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Spirit in the Room

IPE 163: Open House

Saturday 16 April, RPS House. Celebrate the opening of International Photography Exhibition 163 with talks, activities and more.

International Photography Exhibition 163

On Saturday 16 April, the RPS is hosting a range of activities for visitors to celebrate the opening of the 163rd International Photography Exhibition, including fascinating talks from exhibiting photographers, tintype portraits and more. Exhibiting photographers and RPS staff members will also be present to talk to visitors and answer questions about the new exhibition and the RPS.

Main image: Àsìkò, IPE 163 exhibitor

Find out more about what's going on:


The Death of Actaeon
CREDIT: Yushi Li

A first look at IPE 163

IPE 163 opens on Saturday 16 April, and we encourage you to have a look around while you visit us. With 105 works chosen anonymously from a worldwide open call, the IPE 163 is a powerful exhibition that demonstrates the breadth of contemporary image-making and storytelling today. There will also be informal talks by IPE 163 exhibitors in RPS Gallery during the day.

Find out more about IPE 163 →

Image: Yushi Li, IPE 163 exhibitor


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Talks from IPE 163 Exhibitors

Come along to hear from selected IPE 163 exhibitors, telling the stories behind their work that is appearing in the exhibition, as well as their wider photographic practice.

Program of talks:

11:00 – 11:30 | Richard Beaven | Book tickets →

11:45 – 12:15 | Naomi Wood | Book tickets →

12:30 – 13:00 | Bex Day | Book tickets →

13:15 - 13:45 | Andy Lloyd | RPS Gallery, tickets not required

14:00 - 14:30 | Thomas Duffield | Book tickets →

14:45  - 15:15 | Àsìkò | Book tickets →

15:30 – 16:00 | Aneesa Dawoojee | Book tickets →

Image: Bex Day, IPE 163 exhibitor


Lucas Stoneman Gareth Jarvis
CREDIT: Gareth Jarvis

Tintype Portrait Sessions

We are pleased to host the return of the much-loved tintype photographer Gareth Jarvis, who will be running portrait sessions throughout the day to create a unique portrait using a fascinating photographic process.

These sessions will give you an insight into Gareth's process as well as a unique and memorable portrait to take home with you.

Book your session →

Image: Gareth Jarvis






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CREDIT: Evan Dawson

Family friendly activities

We will be offering a collection of family-friendly photography-based activities to keep smaller hands busy throughout the day, facilitated by RPS staff.

Booking won't be required for these activities and more information and details will be provided soon.

Image: Evan Dawson

Credit Derryn Vranch 2
CREDIT: Derryn Vranch

Exclusive prints and zine for sale

This year we have produced a limited edition zine as an extension of the exhibition, available to purchase at RPS House. These are limited to 300 and will be available for sale at RPS Gallery.

We will also be selling prints of selected entries to IPE 163, both from the shortlist and from the exhibition. These will be available on the day of the event only, and are limited to one print of each image.

Image: Derryn Vranch