A world class photography festival for Suffolk

24 May to 24 June 2018


PhotoEast Festival Brochure 2018

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Belonging: Halesworth Gallery

Halesworth Five exhibit at The Halesworth Gallery for PhotoEast Fringe.

Five locally based photographers,  with national and international reputations, have come together to explore what it means to belong.


Winning entries of #ibelong18 announced as part of PhotoEast 2018

The winners of the #ibelong18 Instagram Open Call, part of the PhotoEast festival, have been announced following an international call out for amateur and professional photographers to take part. The Open Call centred around the PhotoEast 2018 theme of Belonging and attracted almost 3,000 entries. Using the hashtag #ibelong18, photographs ranged from personal family archives,...


PhotoEast Young Person’s Fellowship

Featured here is the work of four young photographers from Suffolk and Norfolk: Tom Allen of Kesgrave High School; Bilal Bounit from Suffolk One, Rose Gant from St Albans High School and Mya Fairweather from Sprowston Community Academy. The four were selected for the PhotoEast 2018 Young Person’s Fellowship award from among more than 30...


Tapestry – Refugee stories

Historically, Ipswich has been home to many diverse communities, including refugees. However, over the last 20 years, brutal conflicts and persecution have led to increased numbers of refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Europe becoming residents in the town.

Curators' Overview

Belonging – Curators’ Overview

Emma Bowkett and Josh Lustig, Director and Deputy Director of Photography, Financial Times Magazine write about this year’s theme and the the photographers they chose to illustrate it. The feeling that we belong is one of the better things in life: belonging brings stability, safety, strength, purpose. It can insure us against calamity.


Global Family Trail

Kicking off from DanceEast, the Global Family Trail invites youngsters aged 6-12 to find the specially-branded photographs posted along the Ipswich Waterfront. Follow the clues and check your answers at the end point in Cult Café. Enjoy 20% discount on food and drink for completing the trail - and sweets for the children!

Graduate open call

Are you a photography graduate?

Photograd is THE portal for photography graduates from UK-based courses. Photograd showcases the photography of graduates, old and new, and creates opportunities to promote and support their work.
A selection of the Photograd community come together for PhotoEast 2018 to present work around the festival's theme of 'Belonging'. The Photograd exhibition will be on display in the University of Suffolk's Waterfront Building for the duration of PhotoEast.