Redeye Exhibition Workshops

16 September 2006, 00:00

Redeye's Exhibition Workshops

Summer 2006, Touchstones Rochdale

Are you a photographer looking for that elusive way in to the exhibition world?
Redeye's Exhibition Workshops could make it happen.

Many photographers are making good work but fewer are equipped with what it takes to get their work into galleries. If you're ready to make the leap into the exhibition world, this course of workshops is for you.

We're looking for a group of up to 12 photographers to take part in a course of workshops starting in Summer 2006, and culminating in a group exhibition in a main gallery at Touchstones Rochdale, the arts and heritage centre for the borough of Rochdale, in Spring 2007.

What will the workshops involve?

• Ideas: making your ideas strong, well-developed, relevant and appealing to the public, curators and funders.
• Building your photography: giving your work the impact and quality needed; developing from critique and discussion.
• Working with others: working to a theme for the exhibition in collaboration with the group, the gallery and sponsors; dividing and assigning tasks efficiently and fairly.
• Practical aspects of printing, mounting, framing and hanging.
• Marketing, publicising and launching the exhibition.
The course will be led by experienced photographers AJ Wilkinson and Sarah Eyre, who have led the previous four Redeye Summer Exhibition Workshops. It will also include lectures from gallery professionals as well as free attendance at two Redeye critique/surgeries.

Who are they aimed at?

The selected participants will have a good knowledge of photography, and be keen to improve their work further by developing their ideas and their critical and practical skills. You will be happy to collaborate with a group and willing to work with the gallery, press, public and contemporary issues. You can be based anywhere in the world but we particularly welcome applicants from the Rochdale area.

When and where?

The first six workshops are planned for 22nd and 29th July; 12th August, 2nd, 16th and 30th September 2006. The final three will be arranged during the course. All will take place at Touchstones Rochdale, UK. The Redeye critique sessions take place on the first Monday evening of each month in Manchester, UK.


The cost for the course is £65 for unwaged; £125 (including VAT) for waged. Participants will receive financial help towards the cost of producing their exhibition work.


You will be required to attend at least 6 of the 9 workshops.

How to apply

Submit a CV including contact details, info about your photographic experience, and any previous exhibitions. Also include a bit about what you hope to gain from the course.

Also submit up to 6 prints of your own images (Max size A4. Prints will not be returned. Proof or copy prints are fine).

Send to to Yvonne Hardman, Redeye Exhibition Workshops, Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

If you have any queries about your application please call 0845 456 0260 or email


Applications must be received by 30th June. You will be hear if you have been successful and be told how to pay by 6th July. Payment must be received by 18th July. Please note that if we do not receive your payment in advance of the course you will lose your place.

Feedback from the 2005 course

'I really enjoyed the experience and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.'
'Fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, working with great project leaders and having your prints on the wall by the end.'
'A very positive, enjoyable and worthwhile experience.'

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