UK Photography Exhibitions & Talks

Below is a date ordered list of major UK photography exhibitions and talks.

Galleries, organisations or members who wish to add an event, please email:

Venue: Salts Mill, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Dates: Open weekends only

Photographer Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan create a special show in the roof space (4th floor). New poems by McMillan accompany images Beesley took of Salts Mill in the 1980’s and this year.

Title: ALEC SOTH – Sleeping by the Mississippi
Venue: Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Dates: Until 21 October 2017

Beetles+Huxley are delighted to announce that we are working with Alec Soth to present the first exhibition in London of his critically acclaimed photographic series Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004) this September. The exhibition coincides with the launch of the latest MACK edition of the book. One of the defining publications in the photo-book era, Sleeping by the Mississippi is a seminal body of work from the recent history of photography.

Alec has published over twenty-five books and has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organised by Jeu de Paume, Paris (2008) and Media Space, London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013).

Venue:  Oriel Colwyn / Theatr Colwyn, Abergele Rd, Colwyn Bay, North Wales LL29 7RU
Dates: Until 21 October 2017

Oriel Colwyn is a gallery space dedicated to showcasing photography and photographic works. By working with local, national and international photographers as well as current and up and coming new talent we are North Wales’ hottest photography space.

SPEAKERS (weekend ticket £65):
Satuday 14th & Sunday 15th October 2017. Speakers 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.

9th to 21st October 2017

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 magazine’s 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: TriangulationStephen 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.

Note: see website for other events and workshops.

Venue: Towneley Hall Museum, Towneley Park, Burnley BB11 3RQ
Dates: Until 28 October 2017

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established in 2009. The key aims of the Awards are to:

• Recognise the talents of photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.
• Celebrate British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.
• Showcase the very best of our nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.
• Encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage.
• Raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.
• Winners and commended entrants have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and in a stunning book.

Title: GRAFTERS – Industrial Society in Image and Word
Venue: Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, BD2 3HP
Dates: Until 5 November 2017

Nothing compared to photography when it came to capturing the Industrial Revolution. As Britain’s society changed, techniques in photography developed, enabling workers to capture their own lives for the first time. Visitors will witness how the working classes went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally to photographers themselves. The exhibition highlights unseen images from important photographic collections.

The exhibition is in partnership with photographer Ian Beesley and the poet Ian McMillan.

Grafters is a photographic exhibition comprising predominantly of images from The Peoples History Museum (Manchester) photographic collection and Bradford Museums & Galleries photographic collection.

Title: STATES OF AMERICA – Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era
Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB
Dates: Until 26 November 2017

States of America focuses on a generation of photographers that experimented with innovative approaches to documentary photography. Drawing from the collection of the Wilson Centre for Photography, the exhibition includes key works by Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston and Bruce Davidson, as well as Stephen Shore, who in November will be the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA in New York.

This timely exhibition stretches from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, three decades that shaped the polarised landscape of Trump’s America, and will explore tectonic shifts in American society and politics, from the decay of city centres and the decline of industry to suburban sprawl and the development of mass advertising.

Artists included in the exhibition: Diane Arbus, Dawoud Bey, Mark Cohen, Bruce Davidson, Louis Draper, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Jim Goldberg, Danny Lyons, Mary Ellen Mark, Nicholas Nixon, Bill Owens, Milton Rogovin, Stephen Shore, Joseph Szabo and Garry Winogrand.

Venue: Various venues around Hull
Dates: Until 30 November 2017
Web: website

HIP Festival is an annual event that celebrates physical art form and recognises the cultural importance photography holds. It is a digitally accessible event for professionals and amateur photographers to immerse themselves in the world of photography at a globally recognised event. Photographers involved gain support, develop their skill set and have the chance to showcase their work alongside the best in the world.

Festival highlights include: The Great Britons of Photography Exhibition, The Royal Photographic Society BiennialSpaces of Sanctuary, Second Skin, IN&AT, Dench Does Dallas, Mother, Hinterlands & Harrodsburg.

Featuring photographs by the likes of: Ian Macdonald, Brian Griffin, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Dougie Wallace, Lou Hazelwood, Marcus Bleasdale, Harry Bordon, Chris Floyd, Laura Pannack, Tom Stoddart, Peter Barker, Rich Wiles, Homer Sykes, Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Patrons Matthew Finn, John Bulmer & Peter Dench.

The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition will be a part of HIPfest.

There are many events and workshops – see website for full details.

Locations will include the Hull International Photography Gallery (HIP Gallery), St Mary’s Church, Hull Central Library, Hull Western Library, Bransholme Library, Fred Moore Library, Kardomah94 and the decks of Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

Venue: The City’s pub, clubs & other venues
Dates: To be announced
Web: website

Hull turns traditional exhibition style on its head with a new photography festival curated specifically with social settings and social media in mind and winners chosen by world renowned photographer Martin Parr.

Forget white cubes, silent galleries and ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ signs. Instead, picture images of Hull, submitted via Instagram and then printed onto beermats and strewn across the tables of the City’s pub, clubs and venues.

The Hull Beermat Photography Festival has been devised and produced by Graeme Oxby of Lighthouse Creative & Digital Ltd.

Title: NO MAN’S LAND – Women’s Photography and the First World War
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, BradfordBD1 1SD
Dates: Until 30 December 2017

While most histories emphasise the experiences of male soldiers, women were fundamentally involved in the First World War in many ways. No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the conflict, featuring images made by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and photographers.

As well as historical images, the exhibition features photographic work by three contemporary female artists who have been directly inspired by the conflict: Alison Baskerville, Dawn Cole and Chloe Dewe Mathews.

Shot at Dawn by Chloe Dewe Mathews is commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford as part of 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.


Venue:  Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Dates: 9 to 12 November 2017 

Paris Photo is the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium.

The annual event for collectors, professionals, artists, and enthusiasts, Paris Photo offers its visitors the most qualitative and diverse selection of artworks alongside a ambitious public programme with leading figures in the field.

Over 180 galleries and publishers will present a complete panorama of the history of photography: from vintage and modern works to contemporary creations, rare and limited editions, and avant-premiere book releases.

Title: NADAV KANDER – Dark Line, The Thames Estuary
Venue:  Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DP
Dates: 17 November 2017 to 13 January 2018

Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Nadav Kander.

Title: MATTHEW MURRAY – Saddleworth Moor: Responding to a Landscape
Venue:  mac Birmingham (Arena Gallery), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Dates: 18 November 2017 to 21 January 2018

Matthew Murray has created a photographic odyssey, an epic series of landscape works made over a period of four-and-a-half years. This exhibition at mac is the premier of this work which will be accompanied by a publication, symposium and newly commissioned writing.

Murray involves the viewer in a series of challenges; aesthetic, emotional, and perhaps even moral. If we look at the pictures without knowledge of the location – and the tragic historical events that took place there – our initial response to the brooding, picturesque terrain may be purely aesthetic. This location seems untouched by human intervention. Murray captures its changing moods under glowering skies, creating impressions, partly real and partly generated through the photographic process. We seem to be in a dream world as much as a real place. In this work Murray occupies a position within a lineage of landscape artists stretching back hundreds of years.



Venue: Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
Dates: 25 January to 22 April 2018

Hayward Gallery reopens in January 2018 with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky.

Gursky, known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time.

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that dispenses with formal hierarchies and gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.

This exhibition features around 60 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs, from the early 1980s through to his most recent work, including Paris, Montparnasse (1993) – one of Gurksy’s most well-known images – and Rhine II (1999/2015), which borrows from and builds on the tradition of German Romanticism to offer a subtly altered version of this iconic river.

Andreas Gursky marks the beginning of the Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary year and is the first exhibition to take place in the gallery following its two-year refurbishment. For the first time since the Hayward’s original opening, the gallery’s pyramid roof lights will allow natural light into the spaces below.

£14.50 – £16 (plus booking fee £2.50)

Title: TOM WOOD – The Pier Head 1978-2002
Venue: Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP
Dates: To be announced

The photographer known as “Photie Man” is back with a series of images shot in Liverpool in the 1970’s and 80’s, now on show in France and travelling to Open Eye Gallery next year. More details soon.

Venue:  Somerset House, Strand, London
Dates: 17 to 20 May 2018

Now in its third edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community.

[ More information nearer the time ]


Venue: Tate Britain

A major retrospective of Don McCullin’s work.

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