A world class photography festival for Suffolk

24 May to 24 June 2018


PhotoEast Festival Brochure 2018

Want to find out more about this years event. Click above to download your festival brochure.


Sign up for Photocopy Club

PhotoEast is delighted to see The Photocopy Club (TPC) return for the 2018 festival.  Shoot, produce and hang an exhibition in a day.  Invite your friends and family to your very own official opening the same afternoon. Click here and register.


Talks Programme Saturday 26th May register for free tickets

A full day of photographer talks hosted by former Guardian photo editor Eamonn McCabe. Hear from the festival curators, Mark Power, Siân Davey, Tom Hunter and others. Click above to register for tickets and for more details see What's On.


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,...


Second Talks Programme - Approaches to Landscape

The University of Suffolk will be hosting a second programme of talks on Photography and Landscape on Saturday 26 May. University Photography course leaders will be joined by guest speakers Michael Collins and Steve Macleod


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.


The People’s History Live

Come and hear photographer and life-long Ipswich Town supporter, Julian Germain present the People’s History, his unique portrayal of the 1978 FA Cup.

Join him and special guests for a visual feast of large scale of photographs, films and artefacts never before shown in public, alongside soundtracks and stories – all supplied by supporters who were there.


Abbie Trayler-Smith - The Big O

Abbie Trayler Smith comes to PhotoEast to talk about the Big O, her intimate photographic study of the children behind the obesity statistics in the UK.

Her experience as a fat teenager gave her the courage to turn her camera to the issue of young people struggling with weight and self image today.


Carte Postale

Photographic artist, Bill Jackson, provides the audio-visual backdrop for the choreography of Tim Casson, in a specially-created ‘dancing postcard’  drawn from stories and contributions from Ipswich residents and people with connections to the town.

Look out for the DanceEast dancers rehearsing at some of the key landmarks in Ipswich – Christchurch Mansion, the Ipswich Museum and the University’s question mark – in the build up to PhotoEast.

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.

If you’re visiting over the Bank Holiday weekend, enter a prize draw to win a family photography studio session at Mark Palmer Photography. There are runner-up prizes too and goodies for the first 100 entries.

Trail cards available at DanceEast, Cult Café or from PhotoEast volunteers along the Waterfront.


Young photography award winners announced

Four young aspiring photographers from the region are set to get help from the professionals as winners of the 2018 PhotoEast Young Person’s Fellowship are announced. Their work will be exhibited alongside global names in the world of photography at the second PhotoEast photography festival in May this year. Suffolk teenagers Tom Allen, Bilal Bounit...


Halesworth Gallery Exhibition

Five locally based photographers with national and international reputations have come together once again at The Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, as part of the 2018 PhotoEast festival.

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.