Photography Workshop - Focus on the Next Level September 28-30th 2018 - Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

28 September 2018 - 30 September 2018

10:15 - 17:00

Stoke on Trent
Middleport Pottery
Port Street
Stoke on Trent
United Kingdom

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RPS Member£225.00 
Non RPS Member£250.00 

This is an expanded version of the overbooked workshop which took place in 2017.   The workshop, run by five members of the Focus Group, will allow more time for both individual/group photography around the Potteries as well as one on one consultations with one of the five Focus Group members.

Looking for a new challenge? Would you like to take your Photography to a new level and get your work seen by a wider audience? Tired of the constraints of club competitions?

Five members of the Focus Group examine a number of ways that could change the way you approach and plan your photography, and share their experiences of how to get their work seen by a wider audience.

Iain McGowan FRPS looks at ways of communicating ideas and themes through the use of collections and collages. From the initial concept, getting the right images, through to producing the final output, Iain shows a variety of innovative ways of displaying his work. No Photoshop involved!

Leigh Preston FRPS is a master of seeing the image. His evocative work of the industrial north reflects his love of working in these locations. He will share his thoughts and approach to producing strong images of the industrial landscape and the people who live here. 

Pete Bamforth ARPS is well known for printing big. He will look at the practical issues, as well as considering some of the technical aspects of how to produce the highest quality large prints. He will also discuss how to produce superb photo books using some of the same techniques.

John Bradshaw FRPS works mostly on Conceptual Projects - using text or prose to supplement his beautiful images. His project work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and Ireland. Not only will he explain what Conceptual Photography is, but will also offer invaluable advice on planning projects and getting work exhibited.

Janey Devine FRPS will be looking at various aspects of documentary photography. After a review of different types of documentary work, she will discuss ways of telling a story through images. Which images work, how to get the images you need and the importance of good editing, will be followed by a look at ways of publishing the completed story.

The workshop will be based at the recently renovated Middleport Pottery Works at Burslem (Stoke-on-Trent) where we have access to a fully equipped spacious lecture room.  The three day workshop will comprise a mix of led discussions, and photographic excursions, and 1:1 sessions with members of the Focus Group. The venue is next to the Trent and Mersey Canal, and close to a number of interesting locations, all full of photographic potential.


The cost of the workshop is £225 (£250 for non RPS members). This does not include costs for meals and accommodation which should be booked separately. We suggest the Premier Inn at Stoke-On-Trent (Hanley), Etruria Road, Hanley, ST1 5NH, but there are number of other hotels and bed and breakfast places nearby. Depending on the locations visited, there may also be entrance fees to museums.


To book a place, please contact Mo Connelly at


There is a 10% early bird discount for those who book before 12 February 2018 and RPS Documentary Group members also benefit from a £25 discount if they have not used this discount previously in 2017/2018.


This workshop cannot be booked online or paid by credit card.




Opening times

The workshop will run from 10.15 to 17.00 for the first two days and 10.15 to 15.00 on the final day.

Cancellation policy

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity and the DG organisers are volunteers. The DG has adopted the following refunds policy in respect of events & activities organised by or on behalf of the Group as follows:
1. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is £20 or less (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG.
2. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is more than £20 (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG unless:-
a) the actual cost of the event or activity to the DG has been met by paying participants, and
b) the reason for not being able to participate is one that is outside the control of the person in question, and
c) notice in writing (email is acceptable) outlining the circumstances for non-participation is given to the DG no later than seven clear days before the start of the event or activity.
3. In any case, the DG will only refund the sum paid (per person) and will not compensate for any consequential costs that may have been incurred, such as travel, accommodation, refreshments or subsistence.
4. A condition of payment for DG events or activities charges is that this policy is accepted. 
5. In the event of dispute the DG Treasurer’s decision is final.

Hearing and access requirements

The venue and surrounding areas are not suitable for those with mobility problems or who cannot manage stairs.

Mo Connelly
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Region: CentralGroup(s): Documentary