Open call for prestigious photography exhibition the auction from which will raise money for St Basils
02 DEC 2016

Reclaim Photography is launching an open call for entries for their eagerly awaited second international photography festival, Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes. The deadline for entries is the 27th January 2017, with the actual festival taking place at various local art galleries and venues from 6th May to 7th June 2017.

This festival will offer the public a unique opportunity to see a selection of photographs by UK and international amateur, professional and world renowned photographers. After the festival, the works will then be auctioned off to raise money for St Basils charity.

Event organiser, Maxine Watts said, “After the enormous success of our first Festival, participants are encouraged to respond to a unique Festival theme reflecting the wonderful cultural diversity and heritage across the region and internationally. Individuals suffering particular hardships are often unable to access photography competitions and exhibitions. This Festival offers the public and emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and to exhibit their work, alongside our internationally exhibiting photographers. Through the generosity of Palm Labs, Birmingham, we are able to offer an online submission and will print 600 images to accompany our digital displays, and range of events for the viewing public.”

Maxine Watts added: “We are proud to announce this year’s Festival Adjudicator is British artist Richard Billingham, whose work in public collections includes the V&A and Tate Galleries in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and San Francisco MOMA."

For the first time, the Festival will offer exciting work experience opportunities in addition to professional awards for some of our gallery exhibitors. These include a solo exhibition at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham’s newest contemporary photography gallery; an opportunity to spend the day at the studio of celebrated British portrait and fashion photographer Rankin, exclusively for a photographer aged between 18-25, and a year’s membership with the prestigious Royal Photographic Society.

Prints from both the public events and touring gallery exhibition will be auctioned off by Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers, to raise funds for regional charity St Basils, who work with young people aged 16-25, to prevent youth homelessness.

Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising at St Basils said: 

“We’re hugely grateful to Reclaim Photography for giving us this opportunity to be involved in such a prestigious international festival and for choosing us as the beneficiaries of the auction afterwards. The festival will also be featuring our own young residents photography and it will mean so much to them to be part of an exhibition of this scale and to see their prints displayed alongside photographers of national and international acclaim.”

For more information including how to submit your work, please see: reclaimphotographyfestival.org