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Lancashire Photography Festival was created from a period of research and development, funded by Arts Council England’s Develop Your Creative Practice (DYCP).
The funding enabled me to research photography festivals, talk to executive directors, explore outdoor photography display options – and hold a pilot festival.
The festival took place outdoors in Preston in April and May 2021.
200 large-scale photographic images
180 photographers took part in Zoom workshops
66 photographers had their work displayed
16 locations across Preston
Two major installations by internationally renowned documentary photographers John Davies and Peter Dench
It was impossible to visit Preston and not see images from #lancsphotofest
It is estimated that over one million people engaged with the images of #lancsphotofest
1.2million people visited Preston City Centre during the #lancsphotofest
114,133 saw the Peter Dench installation on Fishergate
64,000 people saw the images at Preston Markets
#lancsphotofest hashtag averaged 250,000 engagements per week
318,000 combined engagement on Twitter for @gazcook and @EnjoyTheShowUk accounts
10,000 reach for Facebook livestream photo walk
#lancsphotofest was the highest-profile arts event in Preston so far in 2021
#lancsphotofest is expected to have the highest engagement numbers for an arts event in Preston during 2021