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The call for submissions is now open and closes at 5pm on Monday 14 April.

Ten new photo essays based on Brighton and Hove’s One Planet Living ambitions are being commissioned by arts education organisation, FotoDocument, together with Photoworks, as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial in October 2014. Supported by Bioregional, the photo essays will form a new public exhibition, to be installed in ten public spaces around the city, including the Railway Station, Seafront and Open Market, for a period of ten months.

Brighton & Hove was accredited as the world’s first One Planet City last year. Working with BioRegional, Brighton & Hove City Council developed a Sustainability Action Plan which sets out targets which will enable the city’s residents to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources.

The thinking behind One Planet Living is simple. If everyone in the world lived like the average European we’d need three planets to support us; if we all lived like the average North American we would need five planets! Yet, worldwide, more than a billion people are getting far less than a fair share of the planet’s resources and their basic needs are not being met.

Nina Emett, Founding Director of FotoDocument, said:

“We are delighted to be able to commission these One Planet Living photo essays, through support from Arts Council England, installing them in high profile locations around the city. The exhibitions will bring visibility to all the environmental initiatives happening here under the One Planet Living framework and it will also bring great art into the community. We hope that the public will engage with the exhibitions in many ways and that schools will enjoy the photo-based materials we create for them. The exhibitions will also provide for visitors a unique glimpse into the working fabric of life in the city, which might otherwise remain hidden.”

FotoDocument will commission ten talented emerging or established UK photographers to each produce a compelling photo essay based on one each of the ten One Planet Living principles. The resulting work will be installed in ten key public spaces across the city, co-curated by FotoDocument and partners. The exhibitions will collectively form an ‘arts story trail’ around the city with accompanying map and literature to illustrate the route and significance. Venues include the Open Market, Sussex County Cricket Ground, Foredown Tower, Brighton Railway Station, and the Seafront among others.

Celia Davies, Photoworks Director, says:

“Brighton Photo Biennial is the UK’s largest curated photography festival and this partnership forms an important part of our 2014 edition. The ten prominent locations connecting up the One Planet themes will ensure thousands more city residents and visitors have the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking photography, presented as part of city life over 10 months.”

Pooran Desai, Co-Founder of BioRegional, says

“We are delighted that One Planet Living will be brought to life in such a creative way, particularly as the Council and partners have already made great progress in shaping a ‘One Planet City’. The highly successful Food Partnership is a great example. We hope these commissions will inspire even more people to take action to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and foster a more equal and healthy city.”

A participatory digital project using the University of Brighton’s open source Community21 website will run alongside the competition. A schools’ programme using photo-based education packs featuring the work will also be rolled out across the city.

How to get involved:

Application process:
Guidelines and an application form can be found athttp://fotodocument.org/foto-commissions

Submission deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 14 April 2014.
Submission address is info@fotodocument.org

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Nina Emett
Founding Director, FotoDocument
T: 07790 645025
E: nina.emett@fotodocument.org
@fotodocument

Laura Jackson
Head of Communications and Policy, BioRegional
T: 020 8404 4887
E: laura.jackson@bioregional.com
@Bioregional

Image: “Boat Schools of Bangladesh” by Abir Abdullah, FotoDocument exhibition, Brighton Railway Station, 2013