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Redeye has partnered with Hobo Photo to bring you an evening of talks on the best of Northern photography. The event is part of the Hit the North exhibition at Manchester Central Library, featuring work from leading Northern photographers across five decades.

On 8 May 2018, join us to hear presentations from two of the exhibiting artists, Phoebe Kiely and Matthew Murray. They have different approaches, but what links them is their production of multi-layered work resonant with meaning and steeped in the land and culture of the North.

Who is it for?
This event is for anyone who is interested in Phoebe and Matthew's work, Northern photography, and the working processes of photographers. Early booking is recommended.

About the speakers

Based in Salford, Phoebe Kiely prints her photographs by hand in a darkroom using traditional analogue processes. Despite only graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015, her work has already been exhibited at Tate Modern in London and Open Eye in Liverpool, and she has also been nominated for two prestigious prizes: the 2018 Paul Huf Award and the 2017 First Book Award.

Her first book, They Were My Landscape, will be launched this May by leading photography publisher Mack at Photo London 2018. Gritty urban details and fleeting glimpses of people accumulate and - just as with the prints in this exhibition - Phoebe’s everyday observations are elevated to the extraordinary by her poetic way of looking.

Matthew Murray’s latest book, Saddleworth: Responding To A Landscape was published in 2017 with essays by the artist Richard Billingham and Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at The Victoria and Albert Museum. 

Despite sitting in a long tradition of landscape art, the dark metallic photographs of Saddleworth in this show are the result of Matthew’s deeply personal vision and reflect the circumstances of his life at the time they were taken.

Matthew’s work has been exhibited at leading institutions and events internationally, including at both the National Portrait Gallery and the Photographers’ Gallery in London, Paris Photo, Unseen and Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival and Fotografie Museum Berlin. His photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, including The British Library.

The Hit the North exhibition is curated by Manchester-based Hobo Photo, which promotes photography with high-quality roving exhibitions. The exhibition will be open from 19th April until 30th June 2018. All the photographs will be offered for sale.


08 May 2018 from 18:00 until 19:30. Doors open at 17:30.

Performance Space, Ground Floor, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester.
The venue is fully accessible but for more information please visit their website.

Please book your ticket using the links below. You need to be signed in to do so. Tickets are £8. Concession tickets £6 and Members £4.

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Photo Credit: Matthew Murray, Chew Piece Plantation, Saddleworth Moor (2016). Image courtesy the artist, Gallery Vassie and Hobo Photo.


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