The Social: Encountering Photography is the first festival of international contemporary photography and lens-based media in north-east England, bringing together new commissions and UK premieres, with iconic bodies of work from leading international practitioners in museums, galleries and found spaces across the region.

The Social explores an array of global contemporary concerns, whilst simultaneously revealing the rapid changes that have taken place in photography and lens based media in recent decades. Archive images, found photographs, studio photography, portraiture, documentary, game and internet imagery, video and time-lapse photography investigate subjects ranging from post-colonialism and military conflict, to industrialization, consumerism and social ritual.

Wideyed’s Louise Taylor is exhibiting her ‘Shoot!‘ series at Durham Art Gallery and we are working with Balkan based Periskop to bring the Periskop experience to Sunderland.