Welcome to UrbanPhotoFest 03-08 November 2016


Photography, Memory and Archive


We are pleased to announce an exciting schedule of events for this year’s festival run over six days. We aimed for five days, but there were just too many good ideas coming in, so we decided to extend it this year. UrbanPhotoFest will appeal to photographers, artists, film-makers, and those interested in urban theory and research, and includes the two-day annual Urban Encounters conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, a masterclass with award-winning photojournalist Dario Mitidieri in association with The Mango Lab, a seminar with London Independent Photography (LIP), workshopswalks, a UPA (Urban Photographers’ Association) portfolio review and a new Urban Photo Village exploring this year’s theme of Photography, Memory and Archive.

The Festival starts with an artist’s keynote from the internationally renowned urban photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen at Tate Modern on Thursday 3 November, followed by a wine reception and festival launch event. The finalists and winners of this year’s UrbanPhotoFest Open competition will also be announced at the Tate reception. The response to last year’s competition theme of (re:)Thinking the Street, was very good, and the variety of creative responses was outstanding with 20 finalists selected from over 500 entries. Gill Golding, our competition organizer has already started work on next year’s UPF Open, so look out for details on our news and blog pages.

This year’s Urban Encounters conference at Goldsmiths (4 & 5 November), starts with a keynote conversation between international photographer James Barnor and sociologist Rachel Pepper. Other confirmed speakers include: Rachel Lichtenstein, Daniel Cid, Hrair Sarkissian, Ingrid Pollard, Stephen Mayes, Alice Maude-Roxby & Stefanie Seibold, Judy Price, Esther Windsor, Tiong Ang and Vic Seidler. Urban Encounters is run in partnership with Kingston and Falmouth Universities.

The Urban Photo Village is curated by photographer and architect Stefano Carnelli and has ten exhibitions all within walking distance of each other, so once you’re in the area, it’s going to be well worth making some time to visit the shows. Tanya Houghton, the festival artist will be showing her work A Migrant’s Tale from 3 to 8 November at MMX gallery, UPA will have its annual members’ exhibition, Urban Memories, at the Lewisham Art House from 3 to 12 November, Artist Rut Blees Luxemburg, will be exhibiting her work at the Bear Space, Deptford High Street from 3 to 8 November, and graduates from Goldsmiths’ MA Photography and Urban Cultures will be exhibiting at St James Hatcham (Goldsmiths) from 3 to 8 November. For a full exhibitions listing and venue details, please visit the exhibitions section of our website.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at this year’s UrbanPhotoFest, and, as in the past, we expect events to be very well attended and booked-out, so please plan your festival schedule to make sure that you don’t miss out on some great workshops, seminars, walks, master-class, conference, social events and our fabulous new Urban Photo Village.

Paul Halliday
Creative Director

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