sponsorship & press

HIP Photography Festival was a major event within the 2017 City of Culture calendar. It offered a diverse 3 month itnerary of exhibitions and workshops. The HIP group are currently building an exciting programme for the 2018 edition of HIP Fest and tickets are now available for purchase.

HIP Festival is a local festival with national and international appeal set in a public, family friendly environment; it offers a feast of new photography exhibitions, debates and workshops and is a unique opportunity to spot tomorrow’s stars whilst enjoying today’s greats.

The festival is run by the Creative & Cultural Company, a not-for-profit organisation and supported by a loyal team of unflagging volunteers based in Hull. Every year we deliver a fresh and unique programme that entertains, challenges and enlightens all tastes and ages. We believe passionately in supporting our local community and, though we may have global appeal, our roots are firmly planted in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is the work of our volunteers and the sponsorship from local businesses that allows HIP to become a reality.

Sponsoring Hull International Photography Festival provides your company with the opportunity to be associated with one of the key cultural events in the region with local, national & international appeal. Your company will gain exposure to 89,000 – 95,000 people per week visiting Princes Quay and attendees to our programme of events will boost that figure on the first weekend by 10,000+. The year-round footfall of the HIP Gallery and the Creative and Cultural Spaces is 40,000, but for the festival we will be using two full decks of Princes Quay plus other City Centre venues. You will have the opportunity to increase your web-presence and be included in several other marketing activities, whilst supporting a local, non-profit enterprise with a social conscience and a clear agenda to support the local economy & community. We welcome the opportunity to partner with sponsors of all shapes & sizes whether you want to sponsor a particular artist or event, or if you have a product or service you can offer in-kind.

PA, lighting, video screens, health & safety equipment, hotel rooms for artists, artist & volunteer catering, volunteer expenses, stationery & printing, staff t-shirts, banners, display stands, tables & easels, design work, advertising space and publications e.g. photography magazines and books to give away or add to the prize draw.
Other support opportunitues include; involvement in lectures, working with our HIP Club Juniors, offering a prize for the HIP Fest Prize Draw or be the main sponsor for the programme.
We also offer a limited number of advertising opportunities in our Festival Souvenir Programme. Please contact us for details.


// Complimentary VIP Passports, meet the artists & invitations to our Sponsors Reception

// Exclusive stand space in main festival gallery, feature on the official Festival Video Stream & App, a page on the HIPFest website, promotion in our Festival Souvenir Passport & Programme and your logo on all HIPFest Programmes, leaflets & posters

// Inclusion in our advertising & media coverage, this will also include a feature in our newsletter to 1200+ targeted individuals and receive social media shares to thousands of followers

// Authorised use of Hull International Photography Festival Official Sponsor logo


// The festival is the largest event of its kind in the region.

// The recent addition of extra venues provides the capacity for the festival to continue growing year on year.

// The festival attracts a broad age range of visitors, from families with young children to grandparents.

// The festival covers its own costs and generates sales for the artists and income for the connected businesses.

// The festival’s Marketing Team delivers a comprehensive year-round marketing plan to drive attendance and awareness.

// We have thousands of followers on our website, Facebook, Twitter, linkedin & YouTube.

// Extensive media coverage: BBC, Hull Daily Mail; Yorkshire Post; F2 Magazine; Silvershot Magazine, Amateur Photographer Magazine, Digital Camera Magazine etc.

// Local and national advertising features e.g. Guardian, VHEY Guide, WelcomeToYorkshire

// Outdoor banner advertising on Princess Quay in the city centre and the railway station. Linked promotion with photographic member organisations including The Royal Photographic Society, Brooklands Photographic Society, Hull Photographic Society and Yorkshire Photographic Union.


We offer a Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum sponsorship package, please contact our team for more info.