Fourth Year is a series of informal support sessions for recent graduates and people about to graduate from photography courses to gain support for their practice.

Graduating can be a daunting prospect. Challenges can come thick and fast as you try to balance new work commitments with personal projects, moving home and losing the once-secure network of photographers and tutors you saw every day. Worried about what to do next? Then these sessions are for you!

Redeye has partnered up with several universities in the North to offer support during this challenging transition. Maybe you're looking for advice on your latest project, in need of industry contacts or simply wanting to feel connected to a group of like-minded photographers in a similar situation to your own.

This series of evening drop-in workshops have been developed with the support of the following Northern institutions: Manchester School of Art, University of Salford, Hugh Baird University Centre, University of Cumbria, Blackpool and The Fylde College, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Chester.

You can go to any session you like. You don't need to have graduated from the university hosting that session, you just need a valid Redeye membership. This means if you have moved away from the city you called home for three years you can still access the help you need to further your photography.

Who is it for?

Anyone can attend. However, these workshops are primarily aimed at those who have graduated from photography (or related) courses and feel they would benefit from contact time with experienced tutors and arts or photography professionals. You need to have a valid Redeye membership to attend. Click here to find out more about becoming a Redeye member.

Programme Breakdown

Fourth Year offers sessions on critique, creative development, and practical industry advice. You can book on to as many or few as you like, although we would encourage you to attend as many as you can for your own development, to build a network and to sample advice from different institutions. Each session is led by a staff member from the hosting institution, with occasional visitors from Redeye and the northern photographic community to offer additional support.

Workshops for Spring 2019 run from January until April. More dates and university partners will be announced throughout the year.

All of the following are 5-7pm:

Previous Fourth Year Sessions

Wed 30 Jan – Manchester School of Art

Wed 13 Feb – Blackpool and the Fylde College

Wed 27 Feb – University of Cumbria *Please note that unfortunately we have had to cancel Fourth Year at the University of Cumbria*

Wed 13 Mar – University of Salford

Wed 27 Mar – University of Chester - Featuring Guest Speaker Tom Wood
Meet at the recepton of the School of Arts & Media, University of Chester, Kingsway Campus Chester CH2 2LB


These events will take place at the college or university. Please meet in the foyer of the University's building. Further details are below or will be announced closer to the event along with travel directions for those who have booked. Redeye ensures all the venues we use are fully accessible.


These events are free for members and £2.50 for non-members. Booking is essential via the link above, as places are limited. You must have a valid Redeye membership to register and attend these sessions as a member. Please make sure you are logged in first so the red member only ticket link appears.

Please register via the booking link below which will take you to a page where you can select which sessions you would like to attend. It is also possible to make a donation at the time of registering; this helps to support our future programme of events.

Please note our terms and conditions before booking.

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