photo credit: Giovanny Estrella

Bring your class to Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 this October

Our photography festival has plenty to offer schools and colleges. Throughout October, Brighton & Hove will be full of photography and photographers, creating a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of contemporary photography.

Now in its eighth edition, the Biennial has always promoted dialogue and debate across a range of subjects, and this year’s theme of The New Europe is no exception with photography exhibitions suitable for students of all ages.

The Biennial will present work from national and international photographers who have been reflecting on the geographies of the United Kingdom and Britain’s changing relationship with Europe.

Photoworks will present a range of events and activities suitable for students of all ages.

What’s on Offer

photo credit: Giovanny Estrella

photo credit: Giovanny Estrella

Bespoke Exhibition Tours
All day session, artist led with practical activity included

Tailored to meet the learning needs of your group, each session 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 designed specifically for your group.

Teachers/Group leaders can select which exhibitions to include in the tour. Please note: the number of facilitated exhibition visits possible will vary according to the size of your group and your visit length.

All activities are bespoke – activities will be adapted to meet the age and ability of your group. The Biennial explores many themes and these can be featured according to your needs.

Group size will determine what can be delivered – maximum 60 participants per booking. A large group will be split into smaller groups and rotated through facilitated and self directed activities.

Follow-up workshops back at your school/college building on the visit experience can also be arranged for an additional fee.

Cameras can be provided if necessary, but we advise students to bring their own.

Cost: £300
Maximum group size 60
To include up to six hours guided activity across BPB16 exhibitions, with a one-hour lunch break.

To find out which dates are available and book your tour please email

photo credit: Georgia Metaxas

photo credit: Georgia Metaxas

The New Playground
A PhotoPedagogy workshop for teachers
Saturday 29 September

Join Chris Francis and Jon Nicholls of for a two-hour practical workshop exploring some of the key themes and learning resources provoked by Brighton Photo Biennial.

Specifically aimed at teachers of Art and/or Photography at GCSE and A level, this session sets out to promote ambitious classroom practices celebrating diversity and experimentation, while embracing ambiguity and uncertainty as driving forces for creativity.

Using PhotoPedagogy’s Threshold Concepts  – the big ideas photography students should encounter – this session will consider:

• How to challenge and engage students in a gallery setting
• How to promote collaboration and active participation
• How to explore a range of contemporary approaches to photography
• How to consider context, curation and location
• How to encourage critical debate alongside playful experimentation

Times: tbc

Location: Central Brighton

Cost: Free

For more information and to book your place please email

photo credit: Andrew Springham

photo credit: Andrew Springham

Resources for Teachers

Free resources for teachers will is now available, packed with great Brighton Photo Biennial ideas and information devised for Art & Design Key Stage 3 Upwards.

Cost: Free

Take a look at some of our previous teachers’ packs here.