All Exhibitions are Free

The HIP Festival 2019 Exhibitions open on the following Dates and Times

4th of October 2019 to the 27th of October 2019.

Between 12 Noon and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday and 12 Noon to 4:00 pm Sunday

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

Retrospective of 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.

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

… was born in Co. Cork, Ireland and was educated at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design (London), and at the University of Cambridge.

Adam’s work is heavily influenced by her nomadic childhood spent at sea, sailing around the world with her parents. Little photographic evidence of this period in her life exists, igniting an interest in the influence of photography on recall, the notion of the photograph as a physical object, and the image as an intersection between fact and fiction – themes that continue throughout her work.

Her long-term projects straddle art photography and social documentary, while subject matter is often focused on narratives relating to myth, loneliness, and the passage of time. The results of these explorations are captured almost exclusively in ambient light through the hazy abstraction of degrading instant-film materials and colour negative film, and are often contrasted with the stark reality of archive material.


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.

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