This event is part of the SHOW strand in our new autumn/winter programme;


Get informal advice on your career or work during 1-1s with experts in the industry. Free for Redeye members, or £20 for non-members.


Redeye's Critique Surgeries are aimed at photographers or artists looking for advice and feedback on their work or practice. 

At this month's critique we welcome guest panellists Ben McDonnell (photographer), and Clarissa Corfe (photographic artist), in addition to Redeye's Director, Paul Herrmann. 

Ben McDonnell
Ben McDonnell’s work combines photography, installation and sound. He is determined as much by his abilities as a musician and composer, as he is of his appreciation of the still image. Intuitively moving between the audio and the visual, Ben is drawn to the significance of sound and silence and its impact upon pictorial space. His work invites the viewer to engage with the image as a physical experience.

Ben is currently in his final year of the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art, and his undergraduate degree was in Improvisation and Composition at Leeds College of Music. Ben has just had a group show, Telling Tales, as part of the fringe at the Liverpool Biennial in association with Open Eye Gallery, and currently has a solo show in Studio 187 in Greenwich entitled Impossible Chords. Ben’s work has recently been published in Are We Lost? a magazine made for Offprint at the Tate Modern, Kings Cross, commissioned by curator Tamsin Dillon, and the catalogue for the Asia Triennial published by CFCCA. Ben also teaches at the Blackheath Conservatoire of the Arts. 

Clarissa Corfe
Clarissa Corfe is Contemporary Art Curator at Harris Museum & Art Gallery. She initiated and led on the commissioning of the application process that won the museum the Contemporary Art Society Award 2014 with internationally acclaimed artist Nathaniel Mellors. She has initiated and organised curatorial development trips to Istanbul, 2007, Berlin, 2008 and Havana 2012 for 31 North West based curators to meet Biennial curators and galleries, forging international links and partnerships. As a freelance curatorial consultant she has worked on artists’ professional development, organisational development as well as curatorial projects for Tatton Park Biennial, Barnaby Festival, Axis among others.

She was previously the Curator at Castlefield Gallery, where she was responsible for curating the exhibitions programme, working with national and international artists. In 2007 she undertook a 3-week research trip for the ATM08 to Taiwan and in 2008 was invited on the British Council China Curatorial development trip based on the strength of the ATM08 exhibition. In 2012 she stepped up to lead the strategic development of the exhibition policy, new website and Fundraising Auction as well as feeding into the re-branding of the gallery, based on her knowledge and experience of strategic development at ACE, EM. She has previously worked at Arts Council England where she was instrumental in initiating Sideshow and Format Photography Festival. She has also worked at Tate Liverpool, Lowry Centre and Liverpool Biennial.

Paul Herrmann
Paul Herrmann is the Director of Redeye, current chair of The British Photographic Council, set up LOOK festival in Liverpool and the Northern Photography Consortium, and is currently establishing the Photographic Collections Network, which will be a knowledge exchange and advocacy network for anyone working with collections or archives, launching in Autumn 2016. Paul is happy to talk about any aspect of work but specialises particularly in business models and career paths in photography.

30-minute slots are available on the 3rd October 2016 from 18:00 until 20:00. Please choose your preferred slot at the time of booking. Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your designated slot.

This event takes place at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU. The venue is fully accessible. 


The Critique Surgeries are currently free for Redeye members. To find out more about becoming a member go to our membership page. Price for non-members is £20 (the equivalent to five months membership if you decide to join instead). 

Space is limited so please book on to a specific time slot. If you are unable to attend your appointment please let Charlie Booth know as soon as possible. The Critique Surgeries are a regular feature of our events programme, with surgeries every few months and in different locations across the country. If you would like Redeye to host a Critique Surgery in your city please get in touch.

Who is it for?
The critique surgeries are designed to be informal sessions for photographers who are looking for feedback and advice. Maybe you are struggling for inspiration, have hit a dead end with your latest project or you simply want advice on where, or who, to show your work to. You might want advice on improving your work, or to discuss career moves. These sessions are designed as a friendly alternative to portfolio reviews, and can be used to prepare your portfolio for an upcoming review or competition. Redeye welcomes photographers at all levels and at all career stages. Find out more information on our FAQs page.

Image: Ben McDonnell

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An introduction to Astrophotography
Photographing Customs Rituals and Traditions
Hothouse Birmingham
Critique Surgery with Shirley Read and Sian Bonnell

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