Get informal advice on your career or work during 1-1s with experts in the industry. At this month's critique, we welcome guest panellists Dr Pippa Oldfield, Head of Programmes at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, and cross-genre photographer Ben McDonnell in addition to Redeye's Director Paul Herrmann. 

Who is it for?

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

Dr Pippa Oldfield

Pippa Oldfield is a photography curator and researcher with interests in the relationship between photography and war; women’s histories and experiences; and photography and visual culture in Latin America. She is Doctoral Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Head of Programme at Impressions Gallery, a public-funded centre for contemporary photography in Bradford.

Pippa has spoken about her curatorial work at public venues including The Photographers’ Gallery (London) and Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), and via broadcast media including Women’s Hour BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, and BBC Breakfast News. Her curatorial practice has been supported by Arts Council England, Visiting Arts, and London Arts Board. 

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 within 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. 

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 is a knowledge exchange and advocacy network for anyone working with collections or archives. Paul is happy to talk about any aspect of work but specialises particularly in business models and career paths in photography.

This event starts at 18:00 on Thursday 11th May 2017 until 20:00. Please choose your preferred thirty-minute slot at the time of booking. Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your designated slot.

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


The Critique Surgeries are currently free for Redeye members - although limited to one free slot per member. 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 onto a specific thirty-minute 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.

Please note our terms and conditions including our refund policy.

Image: Ben McDonnell

This event is part of the SHOW strand in our new spring/summer programme;

Related SHOW events:

Critique Surgery with Thomas Dukes and Helen McGhie

The Big Big Camera with Ian Beesley

Member Led-Event - The Body Up North With Natalie Wardle


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