All eyes on town for pho­tog­ra­phy fes­ti­val

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ANORTH Wales sea­side town will be trans­formed into a mas­sive photo gallery again this Oc­to­ber as The North­ern Eye In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val re­turns.

Col­wyn Bay plays host to the fes­ti­val, with a mul­ti­tude of speak­ers and ex­hi­bi­tions from the world of pho­tog­ra­phy.

The in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val in 2017 at­tracted al­most 6,000 vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tions and this year re­turns with an even big­ger line-up.

The fes­ti­val, which kicks off on Oc­to­ber 7, is on for two weeks and this year fea­tures more than 20 pop-up ex­hi­bi­tions within the town’s empty spa­ces, shops and busi­nesses.

The fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by Paul Samp­son, cu­ra­tor of Oriel Col­wyn – the only ded­i­cated pho­tog­ra­phy gallery in North Wales.

He said: “We have part­nered with the Aberys­t­wyth Eye Fes­ti­val, which is held ev­ery other year.

“This is their fal­low year, so we fill the void with this event, which is why it’s called the North­ern Eye In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val.

“On Satur­day 12th and Sun­day 13th the fes­ti­val plays host to a spe­cial speak­ers week­end event at Theatr Col­wyn.

“This is a rare chance to hear top names in the pro­fes­sion, such as Mag­num’s Olivia Arthur, John Bul­mer and Wales’ own Dan Wood.

“Other speak­ers are Brian David Stevens from Lon­don, who re­cently ex­hib­ited a strik­ing 10-year project pho­tograph­ing war vet­er­ans each Re­mem­brance Sun­day fol­low­ing the Ceno­taph cer­e­mony; Tessa Bun­ney whose work in­cludes “The Women of UCT6”, doc­u­ment­ing an all-fe­male un­ex­ploded bomb clear­ance team work­ing in Laos and trained by the Manch­ester based Mines Ad­vi­sory Group; and Joanne Coates, based in the North of Eng­land, who is in­ter­ested in work­ing life and class inequal­ity.

“Key themes of Joanne’s work are North­ern cul­ture in ru­ral places and work­ing class life and work such as farm­ing and fish­ing. There will also be a chance for ticket-hold­ers to book a slot with a speaker and have their own work cri­tiqued – a very rare chance to get such pro­fes­sional ad­vice and guid­ance.”

“In ad­di­tion, the free ex­hi­bi­tions, which will be on show around Col­wyn Bay from Oc­to­ber 7 for two weeks, means that there is plenty for ev­ery­body to see, plus time to en­joy them.

“We aim at Oriel Col­wyn to stage ex­hi­bi­tions of a qual­ity that are more usu­ally only avail­able in large cities, and I am very pleased that we have been able to con­tinue to bring this cal­i­bre of work to Col­wyn for ev­ery­body to en­joy.”

The fes­ti­val is be­ing sup­ported by the Bay of Col­wyn Town Coun­cil.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the North­ern Eye Fes­ti­val from Oc­to­ber 7-20, in­clud­ing how to buy tick­ets for the speak­ers week­end on Oc­to­ber 12-13, visit north­er­neye­fes­ti­val.co.uk.

■ One of the pho­tog­ra­phers in the North­ern Eye In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val in Llan­dudno is Marc McNulty with his ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Roads’: this pic­ture by him was taken in Lon­don on the day of re­lease of Portishead’s de­but al­bum Dummy

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