Proposals and Fundraising with Debbie Cooper

Tuesday, 1st March 7pm - 8:30pm




Writing proposals is fast becoming an essential skill for most photographers; if you want to apply for commissions, create partnerships, public engagement projects, or raise funding, to do any of these things you’ll need to write a compelling and coherent proposal, application or bid.


How do you translate the creative idea in your head into a document that others can read, and quickly understand your concept?


This session will unpick the process and is led by Debbie Cooper, one of the most experienced project managers and fundraisers in photography. Debbie looks at the route to successful proposals and funding, covering:

  • The key components of a successful proposal
  • How to structure your project into a timeline, and create a project budget
  • How to research funding opportunties photographic projects
  • How to approach sponsors.




Debbie Cooper’s photography revolves around socially engaged practice and public engagement, with influences from archive imagery and oral history. As well as having created large-scale public engagement and community projects, she has recently written and delivered projects for the British Council, NHS and District Councils. 

Debbie was artist in residence for Dartmoor prison, working with inmates on a Conscientious Objector Archive project, alongside working for the NHS on a mental health archive, running the Artist Development programme at QUAD, and is an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary.

Debbie currently is the manager at The Photographic Collections Network, and Engagement Manager for the National Lottery Heritage Fund.




Who is this event for?
This event is open to all. It’s particularly aimed at photographers and photographic artists either interested in setting up their own photographic or creative visual business, or in the early stages (first 3-4 years) of it. It will also be useful for anyone working as a photographer who is planning a change or feels their business could do with some refreshing, as well as recent graduates.

As with all Redeye’s events, the course is informal, friendly, welcoming and a safe space. We encourage attendance from all sections of the community regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or social class. We want everyone to be able to access this course so if you have any particular needs or restrictions, please let us know so we can work with you. 



This event takes place on Tuesday, 1st March 2022 7pm - 8:30pm.
There are 18 sessions in the full course which run across various dates from January to April 2022 - see here breakdown of dates.

Online! You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. These events will take place over Zoom.

Tickets for individual sessions are £12.50 for Redeye members and a full price ticket is £16.50. 

Full course tickets are £145 for Redeye members and £190 for non-members. 



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