What’s On

The theme of the first Festival is ‘The Independent Eye’. This celebrates photography as an art-form that stands alone from others. Photography offers artists a unique ability to present personal viewpoints and perspectives, reflections on the world, and new artistic and technical approaches. The theme also reflects Frome’s long-standing ideas. ‘The Frome Independent’ market is the largest in the South West, and the town has had an Independent Council since 2011 (‘flatpack democracy’).


Photo|Frome delivers exhibitions at five venues across Frome. This includes well-known, contemporary photographers; work that is historically important to the South-West of the UK; new, emerging talent; and local photographers of varied experience. The aim is for an inclusive, diverse series of exhibitions which will have very broad appeal in the local community and beyond. Click each image to find out more – and the full exhibition programme is here. All are FREE entry.


There are a series of talks on a variety of areas of photography, from the historical to the controversial! Here’s the full list – tickets are now live.


Photo|Frome also offers workshops by experienced practitioners of real hands-on value to photographers of all levels. See them all here.

Portfolio Reviews are also being offered by experienced photographers, teachers and editors, a great way for serious photographers to up their game and, if they wish, consider their commercial or academic potential. More detail here.

We are showcasing the work of local photographers online and via special events during the Festival. Check out the featured galleries.

Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.

Photo|Frome will include activities with the local community – colleges, local organisations and retailers. We want Frome to be ‘full’ of photography during the Festival. Please contact us if you and your organisation are interested in getting involved .

Here are the main dates for your diary – a full programme will be available to download soon. Detailed timings on exhibitions, talks and workshops pages. Click on the calendar to see larger version.