NEWS: Forwards Festival captures new talent

Ahead of FORWARDS returning to Bristol Downs, the Capture FORWARDS exhibition will see emerging talent present their take on the inaugural edition next week at Trinity Centre

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Following the success of its debut event, FORWARDS festival will make its highly anticipated return to Bristol Downs on Friday 1 – Saturday 2 September 2023.  As festival-goers eagerly await the announcement of the line-up, dropping soon, fans can get their FORWARDS fix with the Capture FORWARDS Exhibition at Trinity Centre on Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 February.

As part of the 2022 edition FORWARDS invited young aspiring photographers to apply to take part in Capture FORWARDS. A project that ran in collaboration with Big Team CIC, it aimed to provide entry into the music, events and festival industry to those who historically haven’t been able to access it. 

As part of this, four up-and-coming photographers took part in a workshop and mentorship programme with professional photographers, which culminated in a paid placement over the weekend of FORWARDS 2022, working as part of the media team. Since this project, every one of the participants is now working as a photographer in the industry.

Naomi Williams, Megan Tsz Kiu Ip, Jade Ayino and Ismael Abdi make up the emerging talents who will present their work as part of the Capture FORWARDS Exhibition. Presented by FORWARDS and Big Team CIC at Trinity Centre, the people of Bristol are invited to explore the works and experience the festival through the eyes of the Capture FORWARDS cohort. 

Megan Tsz Kiu Ip, said of the experience: “Capture Forwards was my first opportunity at festival photography and it was the perfect platform for me to stretch my photography skills and connect with fellow creatives. After Capture FORWARDS, I have gotten more opportunities to photograph events and I’m grateful to those who made the program possible.”

Championing grassroots and supporting new talent is an integral cog in Big Team CIC’s ethos and this exhibition is the ultimate opportunity to showcase the encompassed investment in the four photographers.

Phoebe Holamn of Big Team CIC, said: ‘Big Team’s goal is to create accessible pathways into the creative industries and we are utilising Team Love’s flagship events as the perfect place and route to create these opportunities. Capture FORWARDS was born out of a need for more diverse representation in the photography world. Through this programme we’ve been able to develop skills, and create an environment in which applicants can meet other professionals, learn and connect. It’s been an amazing project to see grow and build a legacy for.

With line-up announcements to follow in the coming weeks, the first weekend of September should be highlighted in Bristol’s cultural calendar as an event not to be missed. 

The Capture FORWARDS exhibition will be held at Trinity Centre for three days. With the private view on the evening Thursday 23rd and it open to the public on Friday 24th & Saturday 25 February from at 10am -5pm.

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