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HIP Fest 2018 – One of the most significant photography events in Europe

1create - HIP Festival 2018 Alan Raw by Quentin Budworth
1create - HIP Festival 2018 Alan Raw by Quentin Budworth

Alan Raw | Curator and Festival Director

Photo by Quentin Budworth

In just five years, HIP Fest has established its credentials as one of the most significant photography events in Europe.

Thanks to our fabulous volunteers we have put together a stunning celebration of photography for 2018.

I am particularly looking forward to welcoming Celine Marchbank and Marilyn Stafford to HIPFest, their work highlights the contribution female photographers have made, and are making, to this most democratic of art forms.

There will be something for everyone and plenty to learn, do and enjoy.

The UK’s biggest photography festival is set to return to Hull this Friday with a world premiere exhibition from legendary fashion photographer, Marilyn Stafford and collections from Brian Griffin, Peter Dench and Celine Marchbank.


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When: 5th to 28th October 2018


Location 1. HIP Gallery, Princes Quay, Harbour Deck, Hull.

Location 2. Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN

Location 3. Hull Minster, S Church Side, Hull HU1 2JJ

Tickets: £5* Get your festival wrist bands here >

* Entry ticket (wristband) giving you access to all exhibitions, the HIPfest Prize Draw, discounts on site, learning opportunities and the ability to use purchased workshop & masterclass tickets.

We took a little walk round of the spaces before the exhibition opening.

Join us so you know where to go:

If it’s your first time in Hull (or you just want some inspiration for where to go) here’s HIP Festivals very own Alan Raw showing you around the different locations.

Now in its fifth year, Hull International Photography (HIP) Festival is hosted by The Creative and Cultural Company within the city’s largest shopping centre, running until Saturday 28th October. 

With 12 major exhibitions showcased in converted gallery spaces provided by East Street Arts, the unique venue attracted a massive 86,000 visitors in 2017.

The festival will boast the world premiere exhibition of fashion portraits by Marilyn Stafford, Haute Couture to the Birth of Prêt-à-Porter.


Having famously photographed Albert Einstein with no previous experience behind a camera, Stafford’s career has since spanned 70 years.

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Stafford photographed for many major fashion brands, including Biba and Chanel, as well as for international publications and the exhibition covers her career in Paris in the 1950s and Britain during the 1960s and 70s.

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Marilyn Stafford will be attending the opening of the exhibition and visitors will have the opportunity to hear her discussing her incredible work at 10.30am on Saturday 6th October in the HIP Fest Knowledge Space.

Festival-goers will also be able to experience POP from Brian Griffin

Featuring his music photography and album covers from the UK’s pop-punk and new wave music scene

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as well as

“A1: Britain on the Verge” from World Press award-winning, Peter Dench.

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A homage to UK’s longest road, Dench visited truck stops, cafes, temples, homes, businesses and bars exploring a period of immense change for Britain, all captured with his typical sense of humour and humanity.

Another highlight of the festival is the premiere of the intense and personal A Strange in My Mother’s Kitchen exhibition from Celine Marchbank.

As Marchbank packed up her mother’s home – the mother who had recently lost her battle with cancer – she found recipe cards. As a way of dealing with her grief, she began to cook.

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The exhibition is a journey through her memories, her mother’s life and the process of learning about living life as a daughter without a mother.

PhotoCity will also feature as part of the opening weekend, following on from the phenomenal PhotoCity London exhibition and trade show close to St Paul’s Cathedral.

Festival partners

Fujiholics and Redeye will be facilitating the opening weekend, which will feature more workshops, masterclasses and photowalks than ever before – over 50 events this month.

* Including:

  • a masterclass by YouTube sensation, Sean Tucker
  • a photowalk from Fujiholics director, Matt Hart and
  • talks from Elke Vogelsang and Tom Stoddart.

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