About 2020-02-28T15:49:27+00:00


Through The Lens Festival of Photography would not have existed if it wasn’t for the initial idea by Steven Kilmartin; the founder for this project. At the time, Steven felt that a celebration of all things photographic needed to come to Hastings, to complement the town’s celebrated artistic creativity. As Hastings currently has some wonderful art and photographic groups and a plethora of creative minds, it seemed an ideal location to launch this event, and bring the towns of Hastings and St Leonards to the fore in terms of photographic representation.

Steven quickly recruited wife Jo, an experienced event’s organiser, to assist with coordinating the event, invaluable as Festival demands began to grow and develop even further than initially expected! Thanks to Jo, things happen when they should, schedules are adhered to and communications are kept lovely and open!

Meet The TTL II Team


Steven Kilmartin

Steven has a BA Hons in Photography and an MA in Fine both from the university of Kent. In the last few  years he has been fortunate to have been able to exhibit work in London, Kent and Sussex, with projects that have taken him as far a field as India. At present Steven is working alongside his team to bring you an enhanced Through The Lens Festival Of Photography II in 2021.

Steven is the originator and event coordinator of the Through The Lens Festival Of Photography, which took place at St Mary In The Castle in 2018. The festival was a great success and spurred the TTL team to create the next festival in 2021. The inspiration for Through The Lens Festival Of Photography came from living in the art driven town of Hastings. Full of festivals all year round, Hastings only lacked the opportunity to view photography. So the idea came into being.


Jo Kilmartin

Jo Kilmartin is the director of three companies and has successfully ran her own business for over ten years. More recently, she has become a trustee for Dom’s Food Mission. She along with her husband have been generating projects that have included property development both here and in Europe and now she is prime instigator of Through The Lens Festival Of Photograph 2018.

She has also been a press officer for The Zoom Arts Group here in Hastings. Her duties included press releases and Zoom promoter with a natural ability to organise and communicate, she is a strong driving force.

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