6 Oct 2017 – 31 Jul 2018

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00


Travel Information

  • Nearest bus station is Shudhill Exchange and Piccadilly Gardens is 5min walk
  • Nearest station is Victoria and Piccadilly is only 10min walk away

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Lightbox is a yearlong course that aims to launch or develop the careers of the best contemporary photographers.


Beginning with a series of intensive weekend workshops led by industry experts, Lightbox is designed to challenge assumptions, encourage reflection, nurture artistic potential and develop project skills. With collaboration at its core, Lightbox sees participants work in a group on a collaborative project with the guidance of an expert mentor, to culminate in a launch at an international festival in 2018. This year’s group mentors are Nicola Shipley, GRAIN Photography Hub, Thomas Dukes, Curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and award winning photographer Chloe Dewe Matthews

1. Weekend workshops in Manchester, UK starting in October

2. Mentored group projects in Manchester, Birmingham and London From November

3. Projects presented at an international festival Groups will have the chance to present the work at a festival; we are currently working with FORMAT festival (off year) and Liverpool Biennial Fringe We also have links to all other UK photo festivals if these are preferred. Groups will work with the festival producers as appropriate to produce a show that can be linked to the festival's theme.

Who is Lightbox aimed at?

Photographers - Lightbox is aimed at photographers who already have a high standard of photography and are keen to experiment and develop their work further. We welcome applicants from any area or genre of practice who are willing to collaborate with a group.

** New for 2017-18 ** Lightbox for Curators and Producers - We are opening Lightbox up to early career curators and producers who may wish to gain practical experience working closely with photographers and artists to produce an exhibition at an acclaimed arts festival. If you would like to talk to a Redeye staff member about your eligibility, email

Selection Panel

Redeye is delighted to announce the following industry professionals as this year's selection panel: 

Andy Adams of FlakPhoto
Karin Bareman of Autograph ABP
Ying Tan of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Paul Herrmann of Redeye

* How to apply*

Please download and fill out the Lightbox application and equal opportunities monitoring forms that can be found on the Redeye website -​

Photographers applying must also send 6 digital images (jpeg format, maximum size 3000 pixels in the longest dimension, maximum email size 10MB). The selection of images sent is entirely up to you but they should be representative of your best work and we recommend that they are not single images but connected images from one or two series.

Curators/producers do not need to send the images but can include samples of written workand past projects in the application form. 

Send your application and equal opportunities forms along with your images marked Lightbox 2017-18

Application in the subject box to no later than 9am on Monday 3rd July 2017.

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Taking part

Redeye, The Photography Network

Redeye, The Photography Network


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