Reclaiming Our Industrial Might 2018

Reclaim Photography Festival 2018 is proud to announce: Reclaiming Our Industrial Might a special weekend festival exhibition, hosted by the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Museum, capturing the people, places and industries, past and present, of the Black Country region.  The exhibition will showcase images in digital, projected image and print format, from projects by regional photographers and our invited guests. View some of the successful projects below.

We will also be hosting two photo walks: Black by Day* and Red by Night on Saturday 19 May 2018. These will include an opportunity to view our displays and the history of the Black Country within the Museum complex, in addition to viewing our pop-up display in the Rolfe Street Visitor Centre, consisting of 192 prints from photographers world-wide. *Black by Day includes a short visit to Dudley Archive and Local History Service to view our festival digital display and will include a short talk by archivist Richard Lewis.

Festival Awards

Reclaim Photography Festival is proud to announce our third festival awards. Our team of festival curators selected a range of prints for our gallery exhibition hosted by the Light House Media Centre from 4 May – 30 May 2018 and the John Lewis Community Hub from 31 May – 26 June 2018. Awards for our gallery exhibitors include:

*exhibition alongside internationally renowned photographers;
*exhibition exposure in two city galleries;
*inclusion in exhibition marketing and promotion campaign;
*inclusion of a selection of gallery exhibitors’ work in Lenscratch magazine*.

Work Experience Opportunity – Reclaim Photography Festival is offering work experience opportunities for young people to assist with the planning and delivery of our special group autumn gallery exhibition.

Exhibition Opportunity – Reclaim Photography Festival is offering the opportunity to a selection of photographers, to exhibit in a special autumn exhibition and publication.

Please note all details are subject to change. The Museum will be closed between 5pm and 7pm on Saturday 19 May 2018, while we prepare for the evening event. Click on the link to download our RPF2018 Exhibitor List and Information Pamphlet . View our festival programme on issuu.

We would like to thank Walter Rothwell for opening this year’s festival with a photography talk at the Light House Media Centre. For their support with the Industrial Might project we would like thank Boro’ Foundry; Coombes Wood Canal Trust, Heartlands Metal Craft and Longwear Alloys. Thank you to photography lecturer Nicholas Priest and Level 3 Photography students at Stratford Upon Avon College for the work experience collaboration with us.

For their continuing support we would like to thank Ulf Fågelhammar, Mike Borg and Mattia Marchi, Reclaim Photography Sweden. We are also indebted to Bradley Pearce Photography; Palm Labs, Birmingham; KBM Framing Gallery, and Phoenix Web Solutions.

Finally, thank you to our festival partner venues, Kelly Jeffs, and the staff and volunteers, Light House Media Centre; John Lewis Community Hub, Birmingham; Dudley Council; Andy Dutton, Laura Wakelin and Tessa Lovell, Black Country Living Museum; Richard Lewis, Dudley Archive & Local History Service, GLL; Darren Campbell, Gunmakers’ Arms, Birmingham; Heidi McIntosh, Wolverhampton City Archives, and Wolverhampton City Council.