PhotoEast photography festival to take place at Ipswich Waterfront on May 24 to June 25

'The four Kathleens' taken for the fetival's Generations project.
Great grandmother, Kathleen Russ

'The four Kathleens' taken for the fetival's Generations project. Great grandmother, Kathleen Russell age 101; grandmother, Diane Kathleen Douglas age 71; mother, Kathleen Douglas age 43; daughter, Ellie-May Kathleen Robinson age 16. - Credit: Archant

Photographs of the faces and streetscapes of Ipswich will be displayed at the Waterfront this summer as part of a new visual arts festival.

PhotoEast, a start-up based in Framlingham, is collaborating with University Campus Suffolk (UCS) to deliver the inaugural event from May 24 to June 25.

Ipswich-born photographer Julian Germain is bringing his on-going programme Generations to the festival and is seeking families with four or five generations to be pictured in the familiar setting of their front rooms. This will make up the keynote exhibition of the festival at The Waterfront Gallery at UCS.

George Georgiou is also due to work with Ipswich Buses to document life in the town from the top decks of different buses.

The photographer will travel across the five wards of the town to create a large-scale panoramic exhibition of Ipswich street life.

Bus passengers will be invited to participate in the project during an one-off workshop.

Photographs will also be displayed on the buses themselves as well on the Waterfront.

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PhotoEast is seeking financial support from Ipswich Borough Council’s area committees to help fund the exhibition and marketing activities.

Within the funding application, Ben Driver, of PhotoEast, said: “The PhotoEast projects and exhibitions aim to increase cultural engagement for Ipswich residents from all backgrounds.

“It will document and celebrate the diversity of Ipswich residents of all ages both through the exhibitions and regional press.

“In doing so it aims to contribute to the cultural life of the town and promote Ipswich.”

Mr Driver said the photographs may also be housed as a collection at either Ipswich Museum or Ipswich Transport Museum after the festival.

He added: “The photographs will stand as an important historical record of the town.”

PhotoEast has received start-up funding from Arts Council England and Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation (DMO).

If you come from an Ipswich family with four to five living generations and would like to be part of this exhibition, contact