Join Redeye at White Cloth Gallery for an in conversation with artist Sharon Boothroyd on They all say please, her latest photographic project currently on display at the gallery. After the tour, there will be a group critique session where attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their work to share with the group in an informal setting.

They all say please is a series of photographic interpretations of people's inner most thoughts. After discovering prayer cards in a church, Sharon became interested in other peoples' prayers as a way of learning about our shared inner desires and wishes. She went on to explore online prayer forums where prayers are posted anonymously by individuals. Sharon selected and edited a selection on the prayers, and explored their meaning through the medium of photography. 

Sharon writes:

'The virtual nature of these prayers signifies loneliness in contemporary society. The potential of the internet highlights our human need to connect; the screen offers an alternative community yet often results in arbitrary and isolated relations as is evidenced in these prayer forums where there are no responses, just requests. I realised that, at some point in my life, many of these prayers had subconsciously been my own.'

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About the artist:
Sharon Boothroyd is a photographic artist based in London. She is the recipient of prestigious awards in Europe, Canada and America including the International Photography Awards in New York, Flash Forward Magenta Award in Toronto, the Royal Photographic Society Bursary and was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards in 2011. Her work has been exhibited internationally including New York, Canada, Dublin, Zurich, Braga, Goa, Oxford, Brighton and London and is represented in private collections.

She is a photography lecturer at Ithaca College, London Centre, and is a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University. Sharon will commence her PhD at Royal College of Art in September 2016. Sharon founded and edits the photoblog Photoparley, whose aim is to engage with contemporary innovative photographers in the form of interviews.

About the group critique:

The group critique session is open to all attendees. The critique is informal, and you are welcome to participate as little or as much as you wish. You are welcome to bring along physical prints, or show work on a screen. If you do not have work to show but would like to sit in on the critique you are more than welcome to. 

Timing and tickets:
The doors open at 12.30 and events starts at 13:00. The group critique will be from 14:00-16:00. 

The event is free to attend but you must pre-register. It is also possible to make a donation at the time of registering and this helps us deliver future events. Please view our terms and conditions before registering – by registering you accept these. Note that there will be some photographing and recording of this event. If you find out after registering that you can't attend, please let us know via the "Send Feedback" link in the footer below.

About the venue:

White Cloth Gallery is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, just outside the train station. This area is very well served by public transportation and a number of pay and display parking options are available to visitors. The gallery is on 24-26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT. 

Accessibility:

The venue is fully accessible with a wheelchair lift and disabled toilets. 

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Image at the top by Sharon Boothroyd 

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