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Northern Eye Festival

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 by in Past Exhibitions

9th October - 21st October 2017

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Aberystwyth's Eye Festival to present North Wales' first International Photography Festival:


The Northern Eye International Photography Festival.

Oriel Colwyn / Theatre Colwyn /  Colwyn Bay - North Wales 


  • Festival Dates: Monday 9th October - Saturday 21st October.  Exhibitions FREE
  • Core Speaker weekend: Sat 14th/Sun 15th October. (£65 weekend ticket *** EARLY BIRD TICKETS priced at £45 if purchased in August *** - day tickets available)
Festival Speakers over the core weekend (14-15th Oct) include:
  • Eamonn McCabe (ex-Guardian picture editor - 4 times Sports photographer of the year, News photographer of the year, recently hosted BBC4’s 'Britain in Focus - a history of photography’ series.)
  • Bridget Coaker (current Guardian and Observer picture editor)
  • Roger Tiley (Welsh photographer - covered the 84/85 miners strikes and the Kellingley Colliery pit closure. Continuing documentary work investigating the LGBT community associated with the 'LGBT support the miners’ group and currently producing work for Crisis homeless charity)
  • McCoy Wynne (A partnership between Stephen McCoy and Stephanie Wynne, Liverpool based commercial photographers with a continued passion for long term personal projects)
  • Amanda Jackson (Shortlisted for Environmental Photographer of the Year in 2015, Amanda’s work ’To Build a Home is a study of the people of the Lammas Tir Y Gafel Eco Village in Pembrokeshire.
  • Jonathan Goldberg (Jonathan’s work The Runway Stops Here (Grow Heathrow) documents Transition Heathrow members occupation of the Eco Village set up at as a protest of the area to be completely tarmacked to make way for a third runway at Heathrow. 
Exhibitors / Exhibitions (9th Oct - 21st Oct)
Pop-up exhibitions will occupy empty retail units within the town of Colwyn Bay.
  • Brian David Stevens: Grenfell Tower - Brian has been on the ground photographing the area every day for a month after the disaster.
  • Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin: a Los Angeles based photographer whose work focuses on the urban environment and how a neighborhoods physical composition reflects the lives of it’s inhabitants. Kwasi was one of Time Magazines 12 African American photographers to follow in 2017.
  • Marco Longari: Exhibiting work taken in Detroit - Marco won Time Magazine Wire Photographer of the Year in 2012. Currently Chief Photographer in Africa for Agency – France Presse (AFP) and based in Johannesburg.
  • Jim Mortram: Small Town Inertia - For the last seven years, Jim has been photographing the lives of people in his community who, through physical and mental problems and a failing social security system, face isolation and loneliness in their daily lives. His work covers difficult subjects such as disability, addiction and self-harm, but is always with hope and dignity, focusing upon the strength and resilience of the people he photographs.
  • Mccoy Wynne: Triangulation - Stephen McCoy’s and Stephanie Wynne’s large scale personal work looking at the triangulation pillars or ‘trig points’ built between 1936 and 1962 by the Ordinance Survey for the Re-triangulation of Great Britain. 360 degree panoramic views are taken from the top of the triangulation pillar and displayed alongside a single photograph of the trig point itself.
  • Amanda Jackson: To Build a Home - photographs from the Lammas Tir Y Gafel Eco Village in Pembrokeshire.
  • Jonathan Goldberg: The Runway Stops Here (Grow Heathrow) - photographs documenting the Grow Heathrow Eco Village set up as a protest to the proposed third runway at Heathrow.
  • Alan Whitfield - Welsh based photographer investigating borders and fences which exist both physically and mentally.
  • Explore and learn about gig photography with Liverpool based music photographer Mark McNulty
  • Workshops with Cambrian Photography.
  • Create and show photobooks and zines.
  • Bookbinding with Tilt & Shift
Get involved:
  • PRINT SWAP EXHIBITION - Open call based loosely on the Welsh Tourist Board’s ‘The Year of Legends’ - images displayed around the festival - you receive a randomly drawn photographers print back at the end - a nod to Wales based Magnum Photographer David Hurn’s current Print Swap exhibition.
  • Show your zine - an open call for photographers to bring along their phonebooks and zines, whether published or hand made - a chance to show your work, see others, network and, maybe collect a few other titles too! (Friday 13th October)
  • #URBANWALES - Ffoton Wales’s initiative using the Instagram platform to map images across Wales today. - selected work from the hashtag on Instagram will be displayed throughout the festival


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