The Photoworks Festival (formerly Brighton Photo Biennial) is a biennial programme that celebrates and shares contemporary photography. The teaching resources in this collection pick out festival themes explored by exhibiting artists.


A resource investigating notions of borders and boundaries in terms of geographical edges and national borders or social structures that separate and divide people.


A series of assignments for students exploring how connections can be made through photography – from collaboration and exchanging photographs as a form of visual conversation to appropriation and photographing blindfolded.


A resource exploring what home means to each of us, how we can represent places of significance through photography and define our sense of home.

Listening To Images

A resource exploring sound and poetry as a way of responding to images.

Paying Attention

A resource supporting group discussion about the work of photographer Poulomi Basu, focusing in particular on photography’s ability to help us pay attention to the world around us.

Temporary Self

A resource exploring themes of LGBT+ experience and identity inspired by the work of artist Guanyu Xu.

Black Looks

A resource encouraging students to engage with the national debate around the removal of public monuments in relation to colonial history inspired by the work of artist Sethembile Msezane.

On Carrying

A resource exploring representation, gender roles and stereotypes through the work of Pixy Liao.

Building on the Illusion of Inclusion

A resource exploring difference, disability and barriers to social inclusion inspired by the work of artist Alberta Whittle.

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