Liverpool International Photography Festival Gets Go Ahead

Some exciting news for Photography fans…

PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL IN LIVERPOOL GETS GO AHEAD

Liverpool is to stage its first-ever international photography festival, entitled Look2011.
The festival will take place at galleries and exhibition spaces across Liverpool and Merseyside and will showcase significant new bodies of work by emerging and established photographers from both home and abroad. Look2011 will launch with a four-day event in May 2011 featuring exhibition openings, artists’ talks, workshops and will
play host to the 3rd National Photography Symposium.

Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of contemporary photography and developing ideas around our collective photographic future, the theme of the Look2011 festival will be social justice and photography as a ‘call to action’ and is designed to increase participation and awareness of the issues and practices of photography to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The festival has recently received generous funding and support from the Arts Council and is currently embarking on recruitment of an Artistic Director and a Festival Manager to be appointed in May 2010.

Key partners already in place include venues such as the Bluecoat, National Museums Liverpool, the Open Eye Gallery and also include the photographers’ network Redeye, Magnum Photos, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Liverpool City Council.

Colin McPherson, chair of the Look2011 organising committee said: “This is a decisive moment for photography in Liverpool and I am delighted that we have secured funding and support to allow us to stage this exciting event. I am sure it will be a significant part of the cultural landscape of Liverpool, Merseyside and the North West in 2011. The themes of the festival and the events which are being planned to allow for participation and interaction with the world of photography and will aim to educate, inform and stimulate debate.”

With a number of photography commissions on offer, Look2011 will also seek to create a legacy of original and exciting work from the festival.

Further details and confirmation of the events and dates will be released in due course. In the meantime details regarding employment opportunities with the festival can be found by
visiting www.look2011.co.uk or you can follow us on Twitter: @look2011.

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