For the second time, we are running a Fellowships programme for photography or arts students aged 16-19 from Suffolk and Norfolk colleges and schools.

Four students were selected from a host of submissions and are now being mentored by industry professionals including Mark Edwards, Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Suffolk and Gillian Allard, Ipswich-based winner of the Sky Arts Master of Photography 2017.

The talented youngsters now have the chance to fulfil their own photographic ambition in response to the 2018 festival theme of Belonging. The resulting work will be exhibited alongside global names in the world of photography at the second PhotoEast photography festival in May.

  • Rose Gant, St Albans Sixth Form, Ipswich will explore the various looks, fashions and behaviours we adopt in order to fit in, to belong, and the different influences that determine a person’s individual style.
  • Suffolk One media and photography student Bilal Bounit will use photographic triptychs to document people’s homes and examine issues of identity and belonging which emerge from the everyday settings in which we live.
  • Norfolk student, Mya Fairweather from Sprowston Community Academy will challenge herself and her audiences by questioning whether identity can be genuinely perceived from features of the body other than the face.
  • Tom Allen from Kesgrave High School introduces an ecological perspective and will be looking to Oak Tree Farm for his inspiration. The farm is a unique community where individuals from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to reconnect with nature in a practical and sustainable way.

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From left to right Mya Fairweather, Tom Allen, Geoff Buono – photography lecturer, Rose Gant and Bilal Bounit and Jo Bexley – director of PhotoEast

The Programme

Successful applicants will receive expert one-to-one mentoring to produce their own photographic body of work in response to the 2018 Festival theme: ‘Belonging’. This is likely to also form part of your A Level or Foundation course portfolio.

Fellows will have the full use of the state-of-the-art facilities in the photography department at University of Suffolk to produce their work. A day’s work experience at Panos Pictures in London. And they will work alongside the Festival curators in presenting their photography for exhibition at the PhotoEast Festival from 24th May to 30th June 2018.

Four Fellowships will be awarded by a panel of photographic industry experts. They will be announced in early February 2018. The four successful candidates will be invited to 3 x 1 hour mentoring sessions with professional mentors. This will take place in the Spring term and the final piece of work will be submitted by Easter 2018. Fellows will also be invited to ‘meet the photographer’ talks and other Festival events.
Mentoring sessions will be held at University of Suffolk and travel expenses will be covered.

Mentors include
Gillian Allard: 2017 Sky Arts Master of Photography
Mark Edwards: Associate Professor & Course Leader, University of Suffolk
Geoff Buono: Photography Lecturer, University of Suffolk
Bill Jackson: Contemporary Photographer


To apply for a PhotoEast Fellowship, applicants must submit a 250-word proposal for a body of photographic work they would like to develop using the ATTACHED FORM . Proposals must link to the Festival theme of ‘Belonging’ but ultimately this is open to interpretation. Your idea might reflect on themes of identity, place, local or personal history or heritage and link to the present or the future.

Proposals must include an outline of your idea and how you intend to achieve it. You should indicate the format that your body of work might take and suggests ways in which you will engage other students from your school or college with your idea.

Please also attach one example of your artwork or photography. This might be a page from your sketchbook, a photograph you have taken, or an image from a project that you have made. The image could also be of a work in progress as long as you explain what the final image will look like.

Image attachments must be no larger than 5MB
Applications must be emailed to [email protected]
Application deadline: 26 January 2018

You must be aged between 16 and 19 at the time of submission.
You must be studying art and/or photography in a sixth form or Further Education college in Suffolk or Norfolk. You must have permission from your tutor/art teacher to take part in this project.