The EYE Festival

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th October 2018

the best photography festival in the UK
— David Hurn. Magnum
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The idea for The Eye Festival came to Welsh photojournalist Glenn Edwards while covering The International Ceramics Festival, a bienial event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

In 2009 he approached the then Director Alan Hewson without success but after a subsequent conversation in 2011 the pair decided to create what is now one of the UK's biggest photographic gatherings. The initial promise to bring the worlds best to Wales has been kept with work from all over the world shown and spoken about.

The success of the festival is due to the hard work of Aberystwyth staff and the many volunteers, partners and friends that help spread the word to keep the promise of bringing global image making in all its photographic genres to Wales.

Success breeds success and Oriel Colwyn is now home to The Northern Eye ( next in 2019 ) giving Wales an annual international photography festival in Aberystwyth and Colwyn Bay.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Now in it's fourth year, The EYE International Photography Festival is gaining momentum to be one of the largest independent photography festivals in the UK, attracting audiences spanning aspiring students to recognised professional photographers from around the globe.

Sponsor a Speaker  - £500.00

Sponsor Event package - £1500.00


Partner with The EYE Festival

In 2017 The EYE International Photography Festival was delighted to form a new partnership with the Oriel Colwyn gallery in Colwyn Bay by launching The Northern EYE International Photography Festival - giving Wales an annual platform for world-renowned practitioners. Look out for information on the next Northern EYE Festival in 2019 here and on the website

We have also built relationships with several independent photography galleries throughout Wales and will keep you informed on this website of their exhibitions and activities. If you have photography interests and would like to get involved with the EYE Festival, please contact us here