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

Making it Happen Youth Conference
Wednesday 17 October

A careers awareness event aimed at sixth-form and F.E. groups aged 16 – 18, offering realistic information about what it takes to be a photographer, providing hands-on photography experience and of course the chance to engage with the Biennial and the ideas behind it. This hugely popular all day event includes input from leading photography professionals, exhibition tours and artist-led photography workshops.

Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Central Brighton

Please note: groups must be accompanied by a teacher throughout the day, it will be their responsibility to ensure that students attend the scheduled exhibition tours and workshops.

Students are advised to bring their own cameras, if this is not possible please let us know.

Cost: £150 per school
Maximum group size 15 students
This cannot be discounted for a smaller group or if some students are absent on the day.

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 be available to download from September, 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.