ACTINIC Festival 2015

12 May 2015


The ACTINIC Festival is a new series of exhibitions and events featuring Scottish and international artists at the intersection of analogue photographic media and other arts. 

Following on in the spirit of Alt-Photo Festival in Edinburgh of 2013 and the Edinburgh’s Pinhole Festival of 2012, this exciting programme presents fresh approaches to analogue and alternative photography - incorporating an international selection of new and emerging artists.

Actinic: “of light relating to, resulting from, or exhibiting chemical reactions.” In other words: light as a tool in the creation of art. The festival is interested in the myriad ways in which this can be interpreted - the intersection between analogue photography, printmaking, sculpture and performance.

This festival is being hosted in a number of world class venues including Stills - Scotland’s Centre for Photography, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Printmakers, and Summerhall, with others venues to be announced. The exhibitions and workshops are being curated in collaboration with each venue as a way to promote the arts and further public engagement with the concepts behind ACTINIC.

The ACTINIC Festival is currently supported by Permajet, Ilford Photo and Shutter Hub. The festival is part of the UNESCO World Heritage celebrations for the International Year of Light and is taking place in conjunction with Institute of Photography Scotland’s ‘Season of Photography.”

All festival exhibitions, which are free of charge, will run between 26 June and 26 July 2015. They will be accompanied by events programme online, a festival catalogue which will be available in print and as a downloadable PDF and featured talks, workshops and demonstrations.

More information can be found here

Image: © S. Gayle Stevens from the exhibition Disappearance an installation of 200 bee photograms on wet plate collodion which will be sold off during the course of the exhibition.