Denise Felkin: I’m Not Voting Because…

‘More and more people are concluding the ballot box is no longer an instrument that will secure political solutions’ – Tony Benn

With the run up to the General Election, we present two photography exhibitions by Denise Felkin.

Our downstairs gallery will show Felkin’s body of work I’m not voting because…..(2014), nine portraits of people who did not vote in the last General Election.

The subjects in the portraits hail from London, Brighton, Worthing and other parts of the South East. Each gives a different reason for choosing not to vote, from not being of age to disenfranchisement with the system.

The portraits provide a timely narrative in light of the current political climate. As Felkin writes, “On the surface my project is about people that do not vote, rooted in there is a desire for a revolution.”

In our upstairs cafe gallery, we will show four works from Felkin’s Resurrection, portraits of homeless people composed in the style and technique of artist Edouard Manet.

Free entry

27 April – 11 June 2017

DC Cafe & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PL

Image: It would feel like acceptance of their system, Denise Felkin, 2014.



On Thurs 4 May, we will have a Members’ Artist Talk with Denise Felkin at 5pm, free to DC members and £3 for non members, followed by a Private View from 6-8pm.

We will host another Artist Talk on Sat 27 May at 11am, free to members and £3 for non members.



Denise Felkin is a Photography Lecturer in Brighton, London and Essex. She also works as an independent photographer and has a studio at Phoenix Brighton. She has a Fine Art Degree from University of Sunderland, PGCE in Photography from University of Brighton, and MA Photojournalism from University of Westminster.

During the last election campaign I’m Not Voting Because… was published by BBC Worldwide, The Observer, The Guardian Online and Huck Magazine. A single image was also shown at Photofusion Salon. The limited edition photobook was displayed at The Cass Gallery, London Metropolitan University. She received a nomination for the Magnum Photos and London Photo Graduate Award 2015.

Her latest series Mum’s Not The Word was shortlisted in the Sony World Photography Awards 2016 and was shown at Somerset House, London. The series that is about women who do not
have children. It will be shown at The Framers Gallery in London in September 2017.