Yaathum Oore, Yaavarum Kelir - The Whole World is My World, Humanity is My Fraternity exhibition on Carter Road by FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai 2015 © Sophie Wright

Photoworks to collaborate with FOCUS Festival Mumbai

Photoworks has been awarded £27,000 by Arts Council England through the Re:Imagine India programme, run by the Arts Council in partnership with the British Council.

The award is one of 30 investments announced 22 July 2015 by Arts Council England to support international projects.

With this funding support, Photoworks will develop a new collaboration with FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai and other project partners including the University of Brighton to develop contemporary audiences and discussion around photography today.

Research and development resulting from this award will inform a collaborative project for the seventh edition of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 and the third edition of FOCUS Festival Mumbai in March 2017.

Run jointly by Arts Council England and the British Council, Re:Imagine India helps English artists work with their counterparts in India to exchange ideas, develop partnerships abroad, and export their work. Projects will peak in 2017 to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.

Elise Foster Vander Elst, Co-Founder and Festival Director of FOCUS Photography Festival Mumbai says:

“We’re delighted to be working with Photoworks to develop a meaningful cross-cultural partnership between our two organisations. In the last two editions FOCUS has welcomed numerous international photographers to India, creating opportunities for dialogue, learning and exchange. We look forward to collaborating with the UK’s leading photography festival to take this vision to the next level with an important exhibition and associated programming.”

Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks says:

“We are thrilled to receive this significant development award and to be working with the FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai and with our partners at the University of Brighton. This partnership promises to further develop our work on cross-cultural international projects and to extend our reach and impact across territories and platforms. Importantly, it builds on our commitment to international working and to supporting artistic excellence as we did in A Return to Elsewhere, our 2015 co-commission with the British Council Connect ZA programme, Market Photo Workshop and The Space that showed during Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Umbrella 2014. It is rewarding to build upon this legacy with new ideas, new people and in new places.”

A list of all the organisations to be awarded funding through Re:Imagine India can be found here