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 session we welcome guest panellists Natasha Howes, and Bryan Beresford in addition to Redeye Director Paul Herrmann. 


Natasha Howes is the senior curator at Manchester Art Gallery, where she has worked within the curatorial team for nearly twenty years.  After graduating from her MA in museum studies at Leicester, she got her first job at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham as Exhibition Coordinator before moving on to Manchester Art Gallery. Major exhibitions she has most recently curated include Martin Parr's Return to Manchester and the nationwide Leonardo da Vinci show of his drawings in partnership with the Royal Collection to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death.

Bryan Beresford is a curator, researcher and creative practitioner based in Manchester. He currently holds the position of Curatorial & Community Engagement Coordinator at Touchstones Rochdale. For the past 18 months he has worked on the art gallery’s Contemporary Forward programme focusing on women artists, contemporary craft, and northern talent. He has recently co-curated the exhibition Nowruz/New Day with refugees based in Rochdale, drawn from The British Museum and V&A’s Middle Eastern Photography collection.
Graduating in Photography from Norwich University of the Arts in 2015 he is concerned with the relationship between architecture, communities, and art. He is particularly interested in socially engaged arts practice and emerging talent. He was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme from 2017-2019. His current research looks into alternative creative education models and creating accessible opportunities for working class people. He previously worked at Redeye as Research Assistant from 2016-2018.

Paul Herrmann is an organiser and leader in photography. He is director of Redeye and of The Photographic Collections Network, an equivalent to Redeye for photography specialists, archivists, scholars and historians. He has started and steered a range of projects, and brought people together, in photography and the arts. His background is as an editorial photographer working with not-for-profit organisations for three decades. He talks, writes and advises on a range of business and professional issues in photography.


30-minute slots are available on Monday 30 September, 2-4pm. Please choose your preferred slot at the time of booking. Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your designated time.

This event takes place at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU. The venue is fully accessible, click here for full information.

Critique Surgeries are currently free for Redeye members. To find out more about becoming a member go to our membership page.

The price for non-members is £20, which is 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 Paul Herrmann know as soon as possible on Critique Surgeries are a regular feature of our events programme, with sessions every few months, 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.

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