The HIP Festival 2019 Exhibitions open – 4th of October 2019 to the 27th of October 2019.

Digital Exhibition Big Screen TV

The 2019 HIP Festival is proud to announce that aside from the printed exhibitions and workshops, we are running a digital exhibition on the Main TV screen in the Princes Quay atrium including the following artists. David Drasdo, Matt Walkley, Andrew Chandler, and Lee Gale can be seen between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on Saturday 5th October 2019.

All Exhibitions are Free

Homer Sykes

Homer SykesI am a professional magazine and documentary photographer. My principal commissions in Britain during the 1970's - 1980's, were for what used to be called the "weekend colour supplements" such as The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, You and the Sunday Express magazines. I covered weekly news for Newsweek, Time, and the former Now! Magazine; covering conflicts in Israel, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, as well as weekly news in the UK. Over the last fifty years I have shot numerous magazine portraits of the famous and not so famous - at home, at work and at play. I have always worked on personal photographic documentary projects along side commercial magazine assignments. In the 1970's I started on what has become an on going career project documenting traditional British folklore customs and annual events. In 1977 my first book was published Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs (Gordon Fraser). In 2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing re-published this volume with over 50 'new' images from my archive. I am the author, and co-author-photographer of nine books about Britain as well as Shanghai Odyssey (Dewi Lewis Publishing) and On the Road Again (Mansion Editions). The latter, an American project, was started in 1969, while I was at college. The photographic road trip was repeated in 1971, the work was then put away for thirty years, and in 1999 and 2001 I travelled once again by Greyhound bus criss-crossing America documenting the ‘down home’ idiosyncrasy of everyday middle America. In 2002 I set up my one-man band self-publishing concern Mansion Editions. To date Mansion Editions has published On the Road Again and Hunting with Hounds. More recently Cafe Royal Books have published 20 zines of my work.

Homer Skyes - Retrospective

Hull Travelling South by Homer Sykes, As a continuation of his small exhibition as part of the great britons of photography exhibition which exhibited in HIP Fest 2017. Homer Sykes is our headline exhibition this year so come along and meet the man himself.

As an award-winning photographer I have never been busier, managing my extensive archive of over twenty thousand content rich images, working on personal projects, and shooting new material.

Many private collectors and national collections own my work. For ten years I was a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) taking group and one-to-one tutorials with both MA and BA students studying Photojournalism and Documentary photography.

Inspired by the poetry of Zaffar Kunial, Cohere is an immersive installation combining multiple projection, sound and live performance. Initiated with a workshop with Zaffar Kunial, refugee writers have created new content to perform. Responding to this, four visual artists, Geoff Brokate, Martha Jurksaitis, James Bellorini, and Kani Kamil, all from mixed cross-cultural backgrounds have created film, sound and visuals. In harmony with Zaffar’s poetry we will focus on the experience of cultural dislocation that derives from a sense of not fitting or belonging anywhere. The resulting performative installation will bring together a variety of stories and experiences; creating a coming together of difference. Cohere, means to create a unified whole, to bring together, and you are welcome to be a part of this. To experience this collaborative and collective visual and poetic response to the meaning of place, and how our homeland and its culture entwine around our being to impact our sense of self.

Claire Armitage

Claire Armitage

I am a fine art and documentary photographer based in Manchester.

My passion for photography is biased towards people and their stories - whether that be portraiture, documentary or street. My work is characterised by an honest, observational approach, sometimes delivered with humor, but always with a desire to evoke emotion. I enjoy the connections that my photography brings with people, places, and history; capturing never to be repeated moments in time. Celebrating the human: the unusual and the ordinary.

Initially studying English Literature at university, I have gone on to find my true creative passion in photography, whilst bringing my enthusiasm for stories and narratives with me on the journey. I have also spent some time studying psychology, which has helped fuel my fascination in people and how they think, interact, connect and navigate their way through life. My choices of subject always come from this fascination.

I am usually working on several projects at the same time, and whilst the equipment and techniques change, what always remains consistent, is the desire to create an emotive body of work.


My latest project, Internal Voices, began with image #1 Under: a single moment in time and a release of some difficult emotions. The project went on to be a journey into my own psyche.

I have never liked being in front of the camera. Like most people, it makes me uncomfortable, because there is a gap between how we see ourselves in our heads and what we see in a picture, a bit like hearing your own voice on a recording. When we are placing ourselves as the focus of our own art, we are making ourselves vulnerable, but to work it requires total honesty. By placing myself in this position it has allowed a questioning of my self-perceptions, my identity, my thoughts and judgements, and given me the opportunity to gain a new understanding of myself; and in doing so offers the viewer the chance to both connect with me and also to examine their own inner voices and questions that it might raise for them.

As humans, we are not fixed, we change throughout our lives but sometimes it takes time to realise what those changes are, to understand who we are now, not who we were: It can be easy to ignore those voices. Making these images helped me to reconnect with my own internal consciousness, and to express those emotions and thoughts that are so often internalised and repressed, to help navigate and understand these changes.

In becoming subject as well as the artist, the images create a dynamic that opens a dialogue with the observer. The moment of making each image can become a total immersion into my own thoughts and feelings, but the act of having to take the photograph at the same time can allow the unconscious to rise to the surface and express multiple messages in that moment. This type of image making becomes a sort of performance; a performance which is a collaboration between my mind and my body.
It is this link to both my conscious and unconscious which helps build a connection with my audience. Communicating messages that others can relate to on many different levels and establish their own personal, emotional dialogue with them.

The relationship we have with ourselves is often one that we ignore. This project shows the ebb and flow of human emotions and questions of personal identity throughout a whole year, a visual autobiography of 365 internal voices.

Tracey Lund

Tracey LundI am a photographer from Hull that specialises in Wildlife.

I work shifts as an Customer Experience Engineer at my local telecommunications company and in my spare time I am travelling near and far to photograph wildlife.

I have always enjoyed photography and loved wildlife but when I went on my dream trip to Africa in 2004, I started to take the two more seriously.

My passion for wildlife has taken me around the world and there is nothing I love doing more and I try hard to show that passion through my images.

I spend hours in the field and what some people don’t understand is that some feelings you get are priceless…it is a true blessing to be able to take the time to sit and watch wildlife let alone photograph it. Sometimes it’s more important to experience the moment rather than miss it taking photos.

Knowing that someone else appreciates your work is a bonus and having images published in books, magazines, newspapers as well having images hanging in homes is a truly amazing feeling.

“Photographing Wildlife is an adventure but most of all a privilege”

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

Tracey Lund

There is no better feeling than having those magical moments that will probably never be repeated but stay with you forever.  These are the moments that come back to me when looking at my images and make me smile and feel so lucky in doing what I do.

I started entering competitions six years ago when i joined 3 of the UK's Photographic Societies. This pushed me as a photographer and I gained a lot of experience. Two years ago I started to enter International Salons to see where my images stood amongst the world of amazing photographers and in the last year, to challenge myself,  I have entered some of the major worldwide Wildlife competitions.

So far this year I have been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year with both the Guild of Photographers & The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photography. My "Underwater Gannets" images has just won the Open Natural World and Wildlife category and the UK National award in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.  It has also won me "People’s Choice Award" and shortlisted in the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards.


John Bolloten

John Bolloten is a documentary photographer based in Bradford, UK.

John has published six books to date: "Bradford Street" (2014); "Belgrade" (2015); "Shabash" (2016), "Nothing To See Here" (2017), "Field of Broken Dreams" (2018) amd "Love Story" (2019).

John published his latest book "Love Story" in May 2019 on Fistful of Books.

John's current on-going projects include his continuing work amongst those whose drugs, Generation Grime (an in-depth study of the northen grime scene) and an exploration into the British battle rap scene.

John's photos have been published widely and his work has featured on book, CD and record covers. His first exhibition, Bradford Raw, was held in Bradford from November 2011 to March 2012. In 2018, his work was featured as part of the best of Grain documentary photography in the Serbian towns of Belgrade, Novi Sad and Uzice.

His groundbreaking series Nothing To See Here exhibited at the Photo North Festival in Harrogate in November 2018.

Rhiannon Adam

Big Fence/Pitcairn

Rhiannon Adam was born in Co. Cork, Ireland and lives and works in London. She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), and the University of Cambridge. Her work is primarily concerned with myth, nostalgia, and the intersection between fact and fiction. Her exhibition work often adopts a multimedia approach and makes use of archival materials to reframe received ideas. Outside of her own practice, Rhiannon can often be found writing about and teaching Polaroid creative methods. Her book, Polaroid: The Missing Manual, The Complete Creative Guide, is published by Thames and Hudson.

Rhiannon Adam will be in Hull to share some of the background and inspirations behind her exhibition Big Fence / Pitcairn Island, which forms parts of HIP Festival’s 2019 program and was most recently showcased as part of The Photographers’ Gallery’s New Talent exhibition.

Big Fence / Pitcairn island is a project about Britain’s last remaining Overseas Territory in the Pacific, and one of the most remote places on earth. Pitcairn measures just two miles by one mile and is home to fewer than 50 people, most of whom are direct descendants of the infamous Bounty mutineers.

Until recently, the Bounty story had been the darling of Hollywood, but in 2004, this Utopian façade slipped when a legacy of child sexual abuse was made public, eventually resulting in the conviction of eight island men. In 2015, Rhiannon spent an arduous three-month stint on the island, a place notoriously unwelcoming to outsiders following the abuse trials, with Rhiannon herself becoming the subject of much unwelcome attention.


Claire Armitage
My passion in photography is biased towards people and their stories - whether that be portraiture, documentary or street. My work is characterised by an honest, observational approach, sometimes delivered with humour, but always with a desire to evoke emotion. I enjoy the connections that my photography brings with people, places, and history; capturing never to be repeated moments in time. Celebrating the human: the unusual and the ordinary.

Daisy Copsey-Squires and Darren Squires
Are father and daughter photographers based in Hull? They have exhibited internationally, and are founder members of the Hull Independent Photography Gallery‘s photography club.

Jane MacNeil
Is a photographer and has been working on an ongoing project, Streets of Liverpool for 9 years.  Walking the streets, Jane photographs the people, the ebbs and flows and the everyday banal of the transient city.

Kevin Mullins
Is a documentary and social photographer from Wales. He’s passionate about photographing the everyday ordinary around him.

Matt Hart
Is a professional photographer known for his black and white street images? Matt is passionate about photography projects and more so the final image. He had a long client list from brands to publishers and was a Fujifilm Brand Ambassador for five years. He is the only UK member of the Gnarbox Pro Team. His stock images have sold all over the world. He loves to share his passion for photography through workshops and exhibitions of his work. He is a regular speaker at the Photography Show and other great venues. He is represented by the Hip Gallery Hull and the O Elite Gallery. He is the owner and creator of Fujiholics and leads photo walks around some of the UK's largest cities.

Robert Bentley

Warren Millar
He is mainly seen photographing live music, festivals and gigs and due to his residency at his local music venue “The Studio” has made some really great contacts and friends in the local music scene. He is also on the photographic team at “Getintothis” a Liverpool Music Web magazine and blog. He has shot artist such as Van Morrison, Blink 182, The Happy Mondays, The Libertines, Erasure, Billy Ocean, The Human Leauge, Jess Glynne, Gary Numan, Shawn Mendez and has covered festivals such as Africa Oye, Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool Sound City, Bluedot festival, 6 music live festival, Fusion Festival and Creamfields.

Home is a collection of works by seven photographers they are:

Claire Armitage, Darren & Daisy Copsey-Squires, Jane MacNeil, Kevin Mullins, Matt Hart, Robert Bentley, and Warren Millar. 

All these photographers are expressing their idea of what home means to them through the medium of photography.

Claire Armitage

Darren & Daisy Copsey-Squires

Daisy Copsey Squires and Darren Squires are father and daughter photographers who shoot together on joint projects or at least will happen to be in the same vicinity when the shooting starts. Darren is a media tutor, professional videographer and proud amateur photographer, in the most traditional sense. Working under the lens name “Daisy Blythe”, Daisy has already exhibited internationally, achieved gallery representation and begun to sell her work. In 2018 she won Young Fujiholic of the Year.

Jane MacNeil
I've always documented my home city but never really spent much time photographing in the area of Liverpool where I live, Walton. After making several photo walks in my neighbourhood I decided to focus on the two local football teams and the fans that visit on matchdays. Football is woven into the culture in Liverpool and both Everton and Liverpool are based in the Walton area.

Kevin Mullins
My home is my family and I’ve chosen to present a few images of my youngest boy, Albie, for this essay.

Matt Hart
My Home Project was all about Janes second home the place she goes to relax and unwind after a hard day at work my Home Project is The Plot based on a year at Janes allotment.

Robert Bentley

Warren Millar
That place for me is at a music venue or at a festival no matter how big or small. I feel happy, comfortable and more to the point “At Home”  So I decided to take some images of the many music venues and festival sites I go to when doing my gig photography. Some of these venues are now sadly no longer as they have closed down. I intend to carry on taking images of any new venues I happen to be lucky enough to get to and carry on documenting the places I call home when I’m not actually at home (if you get what I mean).


The Royal Photographic Society has announced the award winners for the 161st edition of the International Photography Exhibition (IPE 161), the world’s longest-running photographic exhibition. The winners are Catherine Hyland (Gold Award), Christopher Bethell (under 30’s Gold Award), Alys Tomlinson (Silver Award) and Oli Kellett (Bronze Award).

7327 entries were submitted to the open-call from over 60 countries including UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and Indonesia from which 189 were selected for a shortlist. The final selection was made from prints. 54 photographers were selected to exhibit in the IPE 161 touring exhibition which will open at the RPS’s new building in Bristol early next year, before travelling to Birmingham, London, Dublin and Hull.

Selections were made by an esteemed panel comprising of curator and founding editor of online magazine Photomonitor Christiane Monarchi, photographer Jack Latham, documentary photographer Jon Tonks, photographer and professor Karen Knorr FRPS and artist, writer, editor and lecturer in photography Aaron Schuman. The selection panel praised the freshness, variety and consistently high quality of entries and winners whom demonstrate photography executed to the highest standard.


Catherine Hyland (UK) Gold Award and
Christopher Bethell (UK) Gold Under 30s Award

The exhibition launches at the RPS, Bristol, early 2019. 54 photographers selected to exhibit The Royal Photographic Society has announced the award winners for the 161st edition of the International Photography Exhibition (IPE 161), the world’s longest-running photographic exhibition. The winners are Catherine Hyland (Gold Award), Christopher Bethell (under 30’s Gold Award), Alys Tomlinson (Silver Award) and Oli Kellett (Bronze Award).

Tristan Poyser

Has worked as a photographer for 15 years. His projects explore the interactions of people with the landscape & the legacy left, both as physical and cultural scars. ​The Invisible In-between, was ​i​n response to a research workshop with secondary school pupils delivered after the 2016 referendum vote. The 14 – 15-year-olds had no comprehension of the history of the border, the current situation, or potential impact Brexit could have on their future.

Poyser also felt the need to educate himself about the physicality of the border, the people who live there and the impact the referendum could have on the communities living there.

The project has been supported by a short term residency at the ​Photographers Gallery​, Dublin and through the​ Belfast Exposed Futures program​. It also was awarded the first prize in the ​Royal Society of Birmingham Artists​ 2019 Photographic Prize.

Tristan is an active board member of The Redeye Photography Network, a Tutor at the British Academy of Photography and guest lectures on professional practice.

About Garrett Carr
Garrett Carr ​has collaborated with Poyser to aid his exploration of the border and provided a written context to Poyser’s visual exploration.

‘The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border’

Tristan Poyser’s project ​The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border​, began as a response to the UK’s Brexit referendum. Poyser has spent the last two years travelling & photographing the full length of the 510 km Irish border. Then tearing his photographs in half.

The materiality of the border is shown through a physical tear, making the invisible, visible. The act of tearing creates uneasiness, evoking notions of the political and economic tensions surrounding the border's position within the Brexit negotiations, symbolising the divorce of the UK from the 27 remaining states. The ​Invisible In-between​ shows the viewer the reality of the border & encourages them to explore the intangible nature & uneasiness surrounding it.

Poyser walked areas of with Irish border born Journalist & photographer ​Jacqui Devenney Reed, ​writer & author of the novel ​Nothing on Earth​ (Penguin Books) Conor O’Callaghan, & consulted with the author of ​The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border.​ ​(Faber & Faber)​ Garrett Carr.

Peter Dench

Made in England 1972

Photographer; Videographer; Presenter; Writer; Author & Curator.

Over 20 years experience in the advertising, editorial, corporate, portraiture and video fields of image making.

Achievements include: World Press Photo award in the People in the News Stories category and participation in the World Press Joop Masterclass. Football's Hidden Story, a FIFA sponsored reportage comprising 26 stories across 20 different countries, received six global accolades.

Solo books published include: THE DENCH DOZEN: Great Britons of Photography Vol 1; Dench Does Dallas; The British Abroad; A&E: Alcohol & England & England Uncensored.

Written contributions have been commissioned for the New Yorker, Telegraph magazine and the film making and photography journal, Hungry Eye.

TV presenting credits include Channel 4 News: What is it to be English?

Dench is a Visionary for Olympus cameras.

Trans Siberian World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup: 32 nations; 62 football matches; millions of fans. Russia: 11 time zones across two continents; home of the Trans-Siberian Railway – 5,772 miles across seven time zones in seven days. The world’s greatest football tournament and the world’s longest and most iconic single train journey in one of the world’s most powerful countries. It was an opportunity for the most epic of away days, documenting the global passion for football while riding the Trans-Siberian, a lifeline that connects a nation and nationalities.

The HIP Clubs

Include HIP Club Juniors, HIP Club Teens and HIP Club Seniors,

They are photography clubs run by the Creative and Cultural Company and The HIP Gallery and are suppotrted by supported by FUJI, G.F.Smith, Endenic, Jessops & Lomography.

The HIP Clubs, run inspirational photographic course  at the HIP gallery studio space, which is located on the Harbour Deck, Princes Quay, Princes Dock Street, Hull, HU1 2PQ.

Digital camera’s, whether on smartphones or professional DSLR cameras, allow us to not just take fun family pictures but also more professional looking images, the question is, how many of us get to use these amazing pieces of technology to their full potential? The answer, probably many of us.

That’s why the HIP Gallery decided to create HIP Clubs to provide photography courses specifically created to learn great new techniques available on digital cameras; so if your interested in photography or wants to learn more – just bring your camera! (if you don’t have a camera, don’t worry we can provide one for the session).

One of the other brilliant things about the HIP Clubs is that every year we hold an exhibition for work produced by the club participants, they can even get involved with setting up the exhibition as well.

This year's Exhibition is Called Square Mile and is a project for the club members to photograph within a Square Mile of their homes and produce a set of images that represent that area and community it is open to interpretation by the members so it could be based on portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, etc.

There are some wonderful images been exhibited this year by 8 to 12-year-olds, 12 to 18-year-old and the seniors.

PhotoCity Open Exhibition

PhotoCity is a unique urban photography initiative that brings the best city photographers together, to create a happening. A snap shot that captures the heart and spirit of city life.

Is an exhibition to photographers of all ages and experience, it is a chance for them to have there work put on public display for the first time or they may be indeed and experienced exhibitor, but no matter what there are some wonderful photographs on display.

Jens Olof Lasthein

I am a freelance photographer, educated at the Nordic Photoschool in Stockholm 1989-92.
I do assignments for magazines and newspapers, mostly reportages and portraits.
I also teach and talk—workshops and lectures.
Most importantly I work on my personal long-term projects, resulting in books and exhibitions.

My reasons for engaging in a project are always based on curiosity, and I never know where it will take me. Essentially I need to find surroundings which both resonate and create dissonance with myself, surroundings where I feel both at home and a stranger. I have experienced this contradiction to be a good working condition.


Mike & The Humphrey Brothers

”rag-and-bone men in Hull, 1991”

10th October 2019

The Brickmakers Arms, 57-65 Walton Street, Hull



The Viewfinder Photographic Society is a friendly club of enthusiasts who meet regularly to support each other, exchange ideas and share expertise, with the simple aim of enjoying photography. Formed in 2007, the Society has gone from strength to strength, attracting new members each year to the point where it now has a waiting list.

The Society meets on Monday evenings at Skidby Village Hall in East Yorkshire, although from May through to August, members try to get out and about with their cameras depending on the weather. The varied, weekly programme includes still-life workshops, portrait sessions, talks, presentations, tips on photographic techniques and reviews of members' images. In the summer months, members meet at different locations in the area with the emphasis very much on taking photographs.

Since it was formed, the Society has invited leading figures in the photography world to come to East Yorkshire and talk about their work. These include:

Joe Cornish, renowned British landscape photographer
Andy Rouse, award-winning wildlife photographer, and conservationist
Charlie Waite, one of the world's leading landscape photographers
Eamonn McCabe, former sports photographer and Guardian picture editor
Jonathan Chritchley, fine art, ocean, and equine photographer.

Every year, during the first weekend in October, the Society holds an exhibition of members' photographs in Skidby. This free exhibition has proven popular with the public and year on year attracts record numbers. An indication that an appreciation of the photographic image and how it’s made is as popular as ever.

The Viewfinder Photographic Society’s annual exhibition gets underway once again in October and for the first time will be held in association with the Hull International Photography Festival that starts on 4th October 2019.

The exhibition in Skidby has established itself as a popular community event, attracting people of all ages who like to come and browse the pictures, vote for their favourite images and sometimes buy a gift from one of the stalls selling cards and prints.

What the Hell is Lomography?

Established in 1992 by a group of footloose Viennese students, the Lomographic Society International is photography’s wild child. Fuelled by fiery passion and burning curiosity, we blasted off our free-spirited movement when we stumbled across the Lomo LC-A — the most popular Russian camera of the 1980s, now famed for its quirky aesthetic. We wasted no time at all and created our Ten Golden Rules, and we’ve dutifully followed them ever since. Today — with over 1 million creative members — Lomography is a license to let loose; an invitation to ignite your inspiration, and a platform to catapult your shots around the globe. Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned pro, we believe that you harness the power to create something incredible. From crazy color-shifting film to bespoke Art Lenses, innovative instants to classic analogue cameras we’re dedicated to designing and producing all the photographic tools you need.

Campaign Against Living Miserably

My Mate

This exhibition supports the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

I have aimed to capture the essence of male comradery by photographing mates, colleagues and acquaintances of all ages in different environments of everyday life. ‘My Mate’ explores the importance of having a mate to talk with and the different forms a mate can take. I hope to highlight how sharing a problem by talking with a mate can help promote well-being.

This project is dedicated to Stan Charity.