James Bullen's interactive project Bird Spotter features photographs of gardens from which the bird has been removed. Members of the public are then invited to place coloured dots where they believe the bird to have been. Bullen is making a series of Bird Spotter images in Margate, on show at the Margate Photo Festival this weekend. Image © James Bullen.
MargatePhotoFest is back for the third year, with work by Simon Norfolk, Sian Bonnell and Preston is my Paris plus the chance to see new exhibitions by emerging photographers. Julie Jones, Margot Herster and Sanna Charles all won exhibitions after submitting their work to an open call judged by Charlotte Cotton, Raphaelle Stopin, Trish Morrissey and BJP's Diane Smyth; James Bullen is showing his interactive Bird Spotting feature, a wildlife safari update on the 'spot the ball' concept.
The festival takes place on 11 and 12 August in five different venues across Margate - the Harbour Arm, the Pie Factory, Crate 1, Crate 2 and Limbo. A number of talks will be held in the Pie Factory over the weekend, including thoughts from Jamie Kelsey-Fry, a contributing editor of New Internationalist magazine, on the Occupy movement.
MargatePhotoFest pitches itself as "a contemporary photography festival which promotes socially engaged art", and hopes to encourage discussion and activity, on the basis that "Cultural work is about people not objects". The organisation supports and promotes community projects such as the Future Youth Project, which encourages children and adults, with or without special needs, to help those less fortunate than themselves.
MargatePhotoFest is sponsored by Kent County Council, Catnerbury Christ Church University, Arts Council England, Thanet District Council and Westphoto picture agency and library. For more information, check out www.margatephotofest.co.uk.
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