Critique Surgery January 2023

30 January 2023, 16:00 to 19:00

4-7pm on Monday the 30th January 2023


Get informal advice on your projects and career during 1-1s with specialists in photography. Our regular Critique Surgeries are a supportive and welcoming space to share your work and get feedback and inspiration for continuting to improve in every way.

This series will be conducted online for the foreseeable future as one-to-one Zoom meetings.

Our reviewers have wide-ranging expertise across the photography sector, and you can book a Critique Surgery session with one or more of them to discuss the aspects of your practice or business that require some guidance or support. Please read the reviewer biographies carefully and think about which reviewer's expertise might benefit you the most.

For our January session we have; Director of Photography at the FT Weekend Magazine and Curator, Emma Bowkett; Commercial Photographer Laura Knipsael; and Visual Artist, Creative Producer and Curator, specialising in socially engaged practice, Liz Wewiora. You may book on with any of these creatives for some feedback, advice or support. For Redeye members, the first session is free of charge. Subsequent sessions are £20 each. For non-members, each session is £20. 




Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the FT Weekend Magazine and a Curator focussed on lens-based arts and contemporary visual culture. She is Associate Lecturer at UAL: University of the Arts London, and regularly participates at international workshops, portfolio reviews, festivals and awards. Emma is a visiting speaker for various photography programmes across the UK and abroad.

Emma is the curator of a Financial Times special supplement and talks programme at the annual Photo London photography fair and is on the advisory board for Peckham 24, the annual festival that spotlights artists working with an expanded photographic practice. She will be Unseen Amsterdam's Unbound curator 2023. Emma is based in London, UK.

click here for Emma's instagram



Laura Knipsael; the person behind the lens. I create images for brands that don’t just want to be seen, but want to be remembered. In my work, I’m as versatile as I am focused. I work for fashion brands and stores, magazines, advertising companies, and more. But in all my collaborations, sustainability is paramount. Because we have a responsibility to create more than just a pretty picture. I consciously work with brands that are ready to make sustainability the standard, not a limited edition line. 

As a Photographer, I’m not just here to capture the image, but also take care of what’s behind an image. I don’t just focus on the photographs, but also on the process. Because that is where the magic happens.
It’s my goal to make the artistic more approachable in commercial photography. To show brands that you can actually do things differently. That there’s more than “thinking outside the box”. Everyone got out of that box years ago. It’s time to create your own. To stand on, to stand out. Let’s explore the space we find when coloring outside the lines.

click here for Laura's website

click here for Laura's instagram



Liz Wewiora is a visual artist and creative producer/ curator, specialising in socially engaged practice with a background in photography. She has worked independently and across organisation roles in the North West and Glasgow, including FACT, CCA Glasgow, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Glasgow Sculpture Studios as well as undertaking her own independent artist commissions with the likes of AA2A, Manchester Histories, Centre Point, NHS, Mersey Travel and Allotments Society UK. 

Liz is the Head of Social Practice for Open Eye Gallery, leading on their socially engaged programme working with and for communities and cross-sector partners across the city region. She also manages the national network for socially engaged photography (SEPN) and is the Programme Leader on the MA Art and Design Programmes at the University of Salford. Across both her curatorial and practitioner role, she seeks to instigate and produce collaborative photography projects that push for social change.

click here for Liz's website



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.

These sessions are designed to be friendly and supportive, 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.



We have slots with all of the reviewers available between 4-7pm on Monday the 30th January 2023. Please choose your preferred thirty-minute slot at the time of booking. We recommend you arrive 5 minutes before your designated slot to ensure that the tech is all working.



Online! Critique Surgeries sell out quickly so please book as soon as possible to secure your place.

We will then be in touch with everyone who has registered with the meeting code and password. You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. This event will take place over Zoom but you don't need an account to join in.



You can book one or more sessions (each with a different reviewer). For Redeye members, the first session is free of charge. Subsequent sessions are £20 each. For non-members, each session is £20. You can join Redeye as a member from £4 per month or £2.50 a month for concessions. 

Due to no-shows at previous Critique Surgeries we now have to charge Redeye Members a £20 deposit per review to secure your booked slot(s). You will then be refunded to the same bank account as you used to book. The refund is normally processed within three working days. If as a member you would like to book multiple reviews you can book as usual and we will refund £20 for your first review. 

Please book onto a specific thirty-minute time slot (or slots). Slots will be visible once you have clicked the ticket link below (before you have to pay).

Space and slots are very limited so if you are unable to attend your appointment please email as soon as possible. 

***Please send through anything you would like me to send to your reviewer ahead of your session, for example: your website, your instagram page, a PDF of your work, etc to***


Any suggestions?

The Critique Surgeries are a regular feature of our events programme, with surgeries every few months. Hosting them online gives us the opportunity to reach reviewers who are located based outside the region or even internationally. If you have any suggestions for reviewers please send them to


A note about the pricing

These Critique Surgeries are expensive for Redeye to produce; we pay the reviewers for their work. The £20 fee is somewhat below cost price so please make the most of your time and give us as much warning as you can if you are not able to attend. Although we don't normally offer refunds for cancellations less than 14 days before an event, if you have to cancel and we are able to fill your cancelled slot we can then refund you.

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