Night Contact is a new photography and multimedia festival. Supporting and promoting contemporary image making, Night Contact aims to bring together exciting and innovative photographic works that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and literature.

The inaugural edition of the festival took place across a range of venues in Dalston, East London in September 2013. The event proved an astounding success, showing the work of over 65  artists across 8 screens, packing out 5 venues with an attendance of around 1200 over the evening. Artists from 20 countries were represented across all spaces, with over 320 submissions from 15 countries for the new work grants and open submissions process, a process which involved over 15 industry professionals.

A specially installed bank of screens in Gillett Square showed site-specific commissioned and curated work alongside stalls, music, food and drink. Beyond the main square, the satellite venues took over the streets of Dalston across outdoor spaces, bars and music venues, each showing a programmed screening.

Around half of the work we showed came from open submissions, accompanied by a curated programme to ensure a varied, engaging and inspiring final line-up. Please visit our ‘Grants’ and ‘Lineup’ sections for full information on winners and 2013′s program.

In addition to an open call out for submissions we awarded three £1,000 grants to aid the production of  three new collaborative works. These new pieces were premiered utilising the three screen setup in the festival hub, Gillett Square and will be touring in the coming year.

Information on the 2014 programme coming soon.

Night Contact is produced by Contact Editions with the support of the Arts Council England.

For information or enquiries please contact us.


Three £1000 grants were available in 2013 for new site specific collaborative works.
The winners of the three Night Contact grants were:

Mariah Skellorn, Laura Copsey & Michael Cranny: Forecasting

Maja Daniels & Anne Hovad Fisher: Are You Playing Twins

Steve Ryan, Pablo Jargstorf & Charlie Doran: Dalston Dining

These new collaborative multimedia pieces were premiered on the three large screens at the hub of the festival in Gillett Square. Please see below for more information about the judges as well as a list of the artists whose work was chosen through our open call for submissions of existing work.



Brief outline of the winning projects:

Mariah Skellorn, Laura Copsey & Michael Cranny: Forecasting
A parable set in an unknown time in the future where hybrid part-human, part animal skeletons have evolved.

Maja Daniels & Anne Hovad Fisher: Are You Playing Twins
An experimental film centering on questions of identity and duality, born out of Daniel’s photographic series Monette and Mady, picturing the lives of two identical twins from Paris.

Steve Ryan, Pablo Jargstorf & Charlie Doran: Dalston Dining
An atmospheric study examining the act of eating, shot in five restaurants in the Dalston area.

For more information about placing commissions in future contact us.




Artists selected though the open call for submissions 2013 were:

Alice Myers, Arnau Oriol, Balaji Maheshwar, Benjamin Thomas, Claudia Leisinger, Emma McGarry, James Marren, Joy Stacey, Konstancja Nowina Konopka, MJR Collective, Oliver Eglin, Pavel Prokopchik, Rebecca Scheinberg, Robert Flynn, Fool’s Errands, Tess Hurrell, Tomas Werner and TTY.


Download the full 2013 festival program HERE

Or see below for a list of artists by venue.

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    Alice Myers

    For several years Alice Myers has been developing a highly nuanced and socially engaged practice. She’ll be showing at the Dalston Boy’s Club as part of the festival on friday. To begin, please tell us a little about your work. ‘Waits for no Man’ is the first stage of a long-term project based in Calais,Read More

    Clare Strand

    As we enter the final week of buildup we turn our attention to some more of the artists that will be presenting at the festival. Clare Strand‘s images have been bouncing around our collective heads here at Night Contact for several years now. She blends a mix of deadpan humour and meticulous research to formRead More

    Aria – Emma Critchley

    Night Contact is this Friday! In the run up to the big day we are very excited to announce the addition of a site specific work by Emma Critchley. Visitors will be invited to immerse themselves in her underwater world through the portal of the large shipping container which will be installed in Gillett Square.Read More

    Festival After Party

    Sleepy Night Burger Party to play festival after party Not long to go now folks! We are excited to announce the festival after party which will be at Vortex from 10pm – 2am… Join the festival after party, where Sleepy Night Burger Party play us out until 2am. Fun music for fun with Night ContactRead More

    Fool’s Errands

    Today we bring you a sneak peak into the work of new collective Fool’s Errands…   What is your relationship to ideas of storytelling? Are they important to you? It is in storytelling that our interests in photography, literature, illustration, print and animation come together. Our work tries to re-animate more tangible forms of storytelling,Read More

    Celia Davies

    We were so excited to have Celia Davies as one of our judges for the festival. Celia has been a stalwart of the south coast art scene for some time now and we are sure she will lead Photoworks in exciting directions over the coming years. Today she took the time to answer a fewRead More

    Rebecca Scheinberg

    To begin, please tell us a little about your work. My work tends to revolve around the absurdity of everyday life and the comical interpretations that can arise from such occurrences. It’s very important for me that what I am trying to express speaks directly to the viewer, so the aesthetic of the image isRead More

    Esther Teichmann

    The work of Esther Teichmann constantly catches me off guard. It can be startlingly direct, yet is constructed in such a way that there are multiple layers to get lost within. It is this notion of diving in between the layers within her images that appeals most. She will be showing her film In SearchRead More

    Arnau Oriol

    Up today we we have the work of Spanish photographer Arnau Oriol. Born in Barcelona in 1981, his work sits within the documentary tradition, spanning both photography and video. Since completing the MA in Photojournalism at LCC he has divided his time between personal and commissioned work. Arnau has been shortlisted twice for the AlcancesRead More

    MJR Photo Collective

    Today I chatted a little with Gareth Phillips of the Photo Collective MJR. I first came across the collective when i met various members at a workshop in Mexico back in 2008. Since then they have grown in numbers to become a diverse force in contemporary photography. Whilst their roots are often documentary, I’ve alwaysRead More

    Luke Norman and Nik Adam

    I chatted to Luke (half of the artist duo Luke and Nik) this afternoon in order to get a sneak peak into what they are planning on showing at the festival. We’ve been following their work for a while and are constantly impressed by how it goes from strength to strength. For more information please seeRead More

    We’re excited to see that Melanie, who was kind enough to be one of our judges, will be opening her show ‘tracer’ at Baltic 39 in Newcastle. The work ‘follows a group of parkourists shadowing the course of the Great North Run across the seasons. In long, panning shots the camera observes land- and cityscapes,Read More

    One of the people we are most excited to be showing at Night Contact festival has to be local artist Stephen Gill.To follow his work chronologically is a bit like taking a walk, both real and imaginary, around often forgotten corners within East London. His recent show Best Before End at the Foam Museum inRead More

    So we kick off the blog today with the exciting news that Augustin Rebetez, soon to be showing at Night Contact, has been selected for Foam Talent 2013. This is one of the highest accolades that can be received by a young photographer working today and we’re excited here to have him showing at theRead More

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