Photo Fringe 2022: Real Utopias

Colonnade House is working in partnership with Photo Fringe for another year, and are looking for photographers or photography collectives to showcase a new project at Worthing’s creative hub covering the Photo Fringe 2022 theme ‘Real Utopias’.


“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it is to imagine what is possible.” bell hooks

Real Utopias is a call to action for exhibitors and audiences to explore how photography can help us imagine a brighter, greener, fairer world. Real utopias exist on the periphery of the mainstream, demonstrating what could be possible. They take the here and now as a starting point for dreaming and visualising a better future. Find out more about Photo Fringe here.

We’ve partnered with Photo Fringe for the last two editions of the festival and have brought contemporary photography exhibitions to Colonnade House. 

Previous exhibitors have been; Jack Latham in 2018  who took inspiration from the character ‘Jack Worthing’ featured in Oscar Wilde’s play ‘The importance of Being Earnest’. Jack used this to create a series of images depicting youth culture in Worthing.

Photography collective MAP6 explored themes around the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, which in 2020 ranked Finland as the most content nation for the third year running. 9 photographers explored this theme and exhibited the project for the first time in 2020

Jack Latham at Colonnade House 2018

Jack Latham at Colonnade House, 2018

MAP6 at Colonnade House 2020

MAP6 at Colonnade House, 2020

Included in the opportunity is;

– Opportunity for a photographer or photography collective to showcase a new project under the theme ‘Real Utopias’. 

– Exhibit at Colonnade House during October 2022.

– Must be available for installation on October 3 & take down October 31.

– Use of both gallery spaces.

– Huge discount on hire rate. 

– Support from staff to install and promote the exhibition. 

– Opportunity to run workshops, talks and related events.

– Includes Photo Fringe 2022 registration fee.

How to apply

Please email submissions to: with ‘Photo Fringe 2022 Submission’ in the subject line.

Attach up to a maximum of 12 images in JPEG format (72 dpi, each image no larger than 3MB) or for film or video works please send a link to your work via a video sharing platform such as Vimeo.

Include up to 400 words, or alternatively video applications in BSL or English and audio applications of no longer than 3 mins long about your proposed exhibition.

Include up to 200 words about yourself or the collective and work exhibited to date.

Include a website or Instagram link.

If you require support with your application, please contact Creative Hub Manager, Richard Manders:

Deadline: 9 September 2022, 17.00, successful applicant will be notified on 12 September 2022.


Artists must cover the cost of production themselves, provide Public Liability Insurance (up to £5m) and sign a hire agreement but we are happy to meet and explain any aspect of this.

Full details of the hire process can be found in our Hirers Guide.