28 September - 28 October


Émeric Lhuisset – L’Autre Rive


A month of free photography exhibitions and events for all

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Examining the current state of flux as the United Kingdom redefines its role in Europe, the eighth Brighton Photo Biennial draws on one of the most important geopolitical events of our time. The UK’s status within the EU may be changing, but geographically we will remain part of Europe – with a shared history and intertwined future.

Much of the photography in Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 responds to this current uncertainty. Visitors are invited to examine Britain’s geography as an island: simultaneously divided and connected. They can also reflect on the ongoing refugee crisis and photography’s role in the construction of national identity. Photoworks’ own beginnings are revisited with the Cross Channel Photographic Mission, created to mark The Channel Tunnel physically linking Britain to the continent for the first time in 12,000 years.

Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 Official Filmmaker: Vasil Dzhagalov 


Our centrally located information hub will be open throughout the festival at Jubilee Library, a seven minute walk from Brighton Station. Here you can pick up a free Brighton Photo Biennial printed guide and map, plus information on Brighton Photo Fringe exhibitions.


29 Sydney Street has ramp access and door width of 78cm. Regrettably there is no step-free access to first floor. 23 Dukes Lane has ramp access and 78cm door width. All other venues are fully wheelchair accessible.

Getting to Brighton

Rail: Brighton has excellent rail links from all over the UK. Fast trains from London take less than an hour.

Please note* Due to scheduled maintenance work, no direct weekend trains from London to Brighton will run during October. Replacement bus services will operate between Three Bridges and Brighton. An alternative route via Littlehampton will remain unaffected. See here for more information.

Plane: Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes away by train or car. Please see above note about planned maintenance.

Car: Brighton is 60 miles from London via the A23/M23 and is connected regionally by the A27 and A24. The most centrally located car park is Church Street. Click here for a car park map.

Travelling around The City

All Brighton Photo Biennial exhibitions can be toured on foot

For alternative transport, Brighton Buses offer fast and frequent travel around the city. A one-day ticket allowing unlimited travel throughout Brighton & Hove costs from £4.40, which can be purchased on a bus, from newsagents or via the Brighton & Hove Buses mobile ticket app.

Bikes can be hired for 3p a minute from Brighton Bike Share

For more information about visiting Brighton, please go to visitbrighton.com.

Don’t forget to make time to enjoy some Brighton Photo Fringe exhibitions and to try out some of the many cafés, bars, restaurants and shops that make Brighton & Hove everyone’s favourite city by the sea.

All exhibitions are free. Please check venue opening hours before planning your visit.

Group Visits

All exhibitions are free.
We strongly recommend contacting the Brighton Photo Biennial team to book in your group visit. We can advise on age appropriate content, tell you which venues will be open when you visit and check for large group clashes.

Bespoke Exhibition Tours for Schools/Colleges/Groups

The learning team are offering all day, artist led festival tours for schools, colleges or other groups that include an element of practical activity. Each session is tailored to meet the needs of your group, and includes facilitated tours of a number of festival exhibitions. Sessions will be led by photographer and experienced artist facilitator Lynn Weddle and include critical discussion and simple photography activities.

To find out which dates are available and book your tour please email chloe@photoworks.org.uk

Schools and colleges – Resources for Teachers

We are thrilled to have worked in partnership with the team at Photopedagogy to produce free to use, downloadable teachers’ resources for teachers who want to visit the Biennial or explore the themes raised through the festival exhibition programme.

Our events programme also includes inspiring and informative events specifically for teachers.


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  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

  • Image Credit: Nigel Green

Brighton Photo Biennial 2018

A New Europe: Curated by Photoworks

Brighton Photo Biennial took place from 28 September to 28 October 2018 with a month of free photography exhibitions and events for professionals, enthusiasts, students and families alike. The theme for its eighth edition is A New Europe and the festival will be curated by Photoworks Director, Shoair Mavlian.