The Island Gallery, Bridewell Street, Bristol BS1 2LE


You are invited to interpret the phrase “When death comes…” in photographs. You can interpret the phrase any way you want, and submit your responses using the hashtag #whendeathcomes on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Flickr.

If you are in Bristol, print out your photographs and bring them along to an informal workshop at The Island Gallery on 21 September at 6:30pm. Photographer and curator David Gillett will help people share their work and learn from each other’s photographic approaches.

The challenge launches Friday 21st August and runs for one month. The idea of the challenge is to stretch people creatively, encouraging experimentation in terms of approach as well as aesthetics. It’s a chance to try something new while responding to an open yet challenging brief.  We’ll be looking out for your submissions and offering encouragement along the way.

The phrase ‘When death comes’ is from a poem by Mary Oliver, click here to read the full thing.


Eventbrite - Workshop: The dying of the light


How it works

1. Take up to 5 photographs that interpret the phrase “When death comes…”

2. Print out your responses and bring them along to The Island Gallery, Bridewell Street, Bristol BS1 2LE at 6:30 pm on Monday 21 September for an informal photo challenge workshop.

3. If you’re unable to come along to the Gallery or fancy seeing how people are getting along during the month then simply tag your photo on social media with #whendeathcomes

4. Anybody that wants to will be able to display their work in the Gallery as part of the When death comes art space and exhibition.



Do I have to frame my work?

There’s no need to frame your work for the exhibition; we’ll be displaying all of the photographs unframed.

Do the images have to sequential?

Not at all. The images can be any 5 you have taken between 21 August and 21 September 2015.

How long will the images be displayed in the gallery?

The art space and exhibition runs until 11 October 2015, but the website will continue after this time.

Will the images be displayed elsewhere?

We would like to incorporate them into the collection of work on the When death comes website, but only with your permission.

What’s your stance on watermarks (adding your name on top of the image)?

We will credit photos in the gallery so please do not watermark your work.

Does it cost to take part?

It’s free to submit your work; the workshop on 21 September has a suggested donation of £4 (buy tickets below)





About David
DaveDavid is a digital designer, teacher, photographer and curator of a number of international photo challenge projects.