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Date 19 October

Venue The Assembly Rooms, Reception Suite

Booking Mike Brown on 01332 716139 or

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Paul Herman
Director Redeye

Redeye was formed in 1998 and is the North West England Photography Network. It aims to make life easier for photographers and photography in the region and beyond, by providing information, opportunities, events, training and professional development. Paul has extensive knowledge spanning both the professional and arts photography sectors and can advise on issues ranging from copyright to ethics to portfolio development.

As a practitioner he apprenticed in the 1980s with former Picture Post photographer Humphrey Spender. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and exhibitions nationally and internationally.

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Sophie Wright
Head of Exhibitions Magnum Photos

Sophie is currently Head of Exhibitions and Print Room at Magnum Photos London. Her interest in photography began whilst working as a picture researcher at Penguin Books. She then went on to work in a start up photography agency and gallery; after which she became Deputy Editor of PLUK magazine (Photography in London and the UK), co-curating exhibitions at the gallery owned by PLUK’s publisher, artandphotographs. With Magnum since 2003, her role involves origination and co-ordination of touring exhibitions both individual and group by Magnum's photographers within the UK and AustralAsia. She has also overseen the setting up of the new Print Room at Magnum's offices and put in place a schedule of exhibitions and talks in collaboration with the Atlas Gallery. She regularly writes on photography for magazines such as BJP and Eight.

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Simon Zimmerman
Arts Council England

Simon has been developing the Artists’ Insights programme for Arts Council England. Artists’ Insights aims to unlock artists’ professional potential and develop the arts throughout England to the benefit of everyone. Through research into artists’ lives, he has identified the greatest obstacles to their creativity and careers. Simon will also be providing information on Grants for the Arts and other funding options.

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Louise Clements and Mike Brown
Programme Managers Format Festival

Louise Clements is curator of Q Arts programme of exhibitions, events, commissions, production and participation since 2002. She is co-founder of the Format photography festival and co-ordinates Trigger, experimental media/film/music events at Q Gallery. Louise has worked as a freelance curator, artist and writer both nationally and internationally since 1998.

Mike Brown is Arts Projects Coordinator at Derby City Council and co-founder of the Format photography festival. His background is in photography and ranges from large scale artistic commissions to product shoots for kitchen utensils. He has experience of arts journal publishing, fundraising and project development. Mike has a passion for street photography and continues to make and exhibit his own work.

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