Search Menu

Professional Development: Talk with Founders of Singapore International Photography Festival

Northern Centre of Photography

Gwen Lee and Jay Lau, Founders of the Singapore International Photography Festival ( will join us for our first event at the Northern Centre of Photography, Sunderland. Gwen and Jay will talk about their approach to programming and organising Singapore International Photography Festival, and Singapore’s only photography space, 2902 Gallery, followed by a Q&A session chaired by Dr Carol McKay, NEPN.

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind in Southeast Asia. The biennial festival strives to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international peers at various venues across Singapore.  The three main festival components are the official exhibitions, workshops and a 3-day portfolio review session for 40 selected Southeast Asian photographers.  Alongside the official exhibitions and programmes, the SIPF Fringe activities are carried out at various arts galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote photography across Singapore.

Join us for a short tour of the new Northern Centre of Photography (NEPN@home), at 6.00pm. The talk will start at 6.30 prompt followed by refreshments.

Portfolio Reviews available:
We are delighted to be able to offer a small number of free portfolio reviews with Festival Curator and Founder, Gwen Lee, on the morning of 7 March 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The reviews are aimed at critically‐engaged photographers who take a serious approach to their practice and an application process is in place.   Reviews will last 20 minutes. Gwen Lee is interested to view documentary and fine art photography. 
Up to 5 photographers will be selected to participate in one review each. Photographers should send a CV, short statement about your practice (max. 250 words) and web links to your work, or a maximum of 5 images, which must not be larger than 75KB each, by email to by 9am Friday 1 March. Given the short turnaround time, photographers should expect to hear on Monday 4 March if they have secured a review.