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International Talent Program 2018: stepping stone for young talent

In these past years, this program has proven to be not only a preferred sup­plier of the festival program, but also a stepping stone for young photo talent. BredaPhoto is proud of the long­term partner­ships it has established with Photo Academies in the Nether­lands, Belgium and Germany and, starting this year, in Hungary.

Our International Talent Program includes the following three components.

1. Academy

To further develop their talent, students from eight international art academies will work on the theme of this year’s festival TO INFINITY AND BEYOND under the supervision of their teachers. Starting in September 2017, each student will have the chance to work out his or her ideas and to develop projects according to the theme. Subsequently, the curators of BredaPhoto will visit the academies to view and discuss the work with the students. This will take place in January or February 2018. New insights will help students to further develop, improve or possibly change their projects. Fifty students will be selected from the entries to present a final pitch on April 20, 2018, at LUCA School of Arts (campus Sint-Lukas) in Brussels. From all the series, films, installations and suchlike submitted, the curators will select the work of maximum 13 students which will be shown at the next edition of BredaPhoto international photofestival from September 5 until October 22, 2018.

2. Residence

In addition to the nurturing of talents from various international academies, BredaPhoto also focuses on the development of recently graduated talent emerging onto the contemporary art market. In addition to the selection of student exhibitors, an international group of eight recently graduated photographers (one per academy) will be selected in April 2018 to form an artists’ collective for the first six weeks of the festival. Teachers from the eight art academies will make a choice on the basis of talent, artistic skills and social skills. The selected residence photographers must have graduated at most two years prior to the beginning of the festival. They will be provided with a designated workspace in Breda where they can also reside as they give meaning to the 2018 theme.Their work will be exhibited at one of the BredaPhoto locations in the last week of the festival. The photographers will be provided with feedback from the BredaPhoto curators and special ‘guest masters’. This will allow them to expand their network and provide them with the opportunity to move forward in their careers.

3. Meetup

During the first week of BredaPhoto (September 5 until September 10, 2018), there will be a special top-meets-talents program open tointernational art and photography talents from all over the world. Talents will have the opportunity to socialize with innovators and influencers from the world of photography, such as independent curators, publishers, gallery owners and editors. A special place during this week is reserved for the International Talent Portfolio Review, open to all new emerging photographers. Their portfolio will be reviewed by renowned people in the world of photography and the curators of BredaPhoto. After the reviews, participants can display their portfolio to the professional and general public, which opens the possibility for extensive feedback. In addition, a prize (consisting of prize money and guidance, which should be used for the design of a new project) will be awarded to the most talented photographer. His or her project will be exhibited in the between-festivals-year 2019.

Participating art academies

– AKV | St. Joost, Breda (The Netherlands)
– FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld (Germany)
– KASK School of Arts, Ghent (Belgium)
– KABK | Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (The Netherlands)
– LUCA School of Arts | campus Narafi, Brussels (Belgium)
– LUCA School of Arts | campus Sint­Lukas, Brussels (Belgium)
– Moholy­Nagy University of Art and design | Photography department, Budapest (Hungary)
– Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (Belgium)


For questions and information about the International Talent Program, please contact Reinout van den Bergh — curator at BredaPhoto and the head of the International Talent Program — via reinout@bredaphoto.nl.

Download the informative brochure of the International Talent Program here (ENG).