Hull International Photography Festival returns in October

Hull, 1981. Photo: Homer Sykes.

HIP Fest is the country’s biggest annual photography festival and it is happening in Hull from 4th-27th October for a 6th year.

Turning the city’s largest shopping mall into an arts centre, 14 exhibitions in shop units expertly converted into galleries to stand alongside the centre’s cafes, bars and boutiques. Over 30 workshops, masterclasses, photo-walks and a trade show on the opening weekend, in the shopping centre’s atrium.

2019 festival highlights: 

Solo exhibitions by Homer Sykes, Rhiannon Adam, Tracey Lund, Claire Armitage, Peter Dench, Jens Olof Lasthein, Tristan Poyser and John Bolloten.

Group exhibitions: The RPS International Photography Exhibition 161.

COHERE featuring Kani Kamil, Geoff Brokate, James Bellorini & Martha Jurksaitis aka Cherry KINO with writers Shash Trevett & Abas El Janabi. 

The Photocity Open Exhibition, HIPclub Students Exhibition, Fujiholics HOME Exhibition & Competition Winners.

C.A.L.M Photography Exhibition exploring mental health by Lomography.

Workshops, talks, photo-walks & masterclasses featuring: the exhibiting artists, plus Brian Griffin, Kevin Mullins, Matthew Finn, Anna Bean, HIPclub students with a class by 12 to 16 year olds for 12 to 16 year olds and many more events to enjoy and learn from. 

On the opening weekend the PhotoCity Trade Show returns to Hull, following on from their phenomenal PhotoCity London exhibition & trade show outside St Paul’s Cathedral, with Fujifilm, Manfrotto, Vitec attending. Plus photo print and book stalls.

HIPfest is committed to bringing new talent, with radical and diverse artistic sensibilities, to a curious public. So expect to discover new and intriguing photographers and unforeseen views of the world. There is an open exhibition, print swap and learning opportunities for all levels of ability and experience. HIPfest opens at 6.30pm on Friday October 4th with a packed weekend programme. Exhibitions will stay until 27th October.

HIPfest is done without public funding and is run by volunteers from local, independent arts organisation, Creative & Cultural Company, curated by Alan Raw. With support in kind from G F Smith,, East Street Arts, Princes Quay, Scribes, Hammonds Associates, FujiFilm, Jessops, Lomography and Picture Frames & Art.

Alan Raw Curator & Festival Director said: “In just six years, HIP Fest has established its credentials as one of the most popular photography events in Europe, thanks to the work of our fabulous volunteers. This year we have put together another stunning celebration of photography. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming Homer Sykes back to HIPfest to show his images of the area in the 1980’s with many more of his historic works. In contrast Rhiannon Adam will bring her extraordinary imagery of Pitcairn Island, the resting place of Hull’s most famous ship the Bounty, and home to the descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Mutineers. There will be something for everyone and plenty to learn and enjoy at HIPfest2019.”

A £5 wristband gives you access to all exhibitions, discussions, the HIPfest Prize Draw, food & drink discounts, some great learning opportunities and the ability to book onto the workshop & masterclass. All tickets available on the festival website The PhotoCity Atrium and Open Exhibition are freely open to the public.

For further details of the festival visit the website or email:

[Alan Raw – Creative and Cultural Company]

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