Focus on the next level

07 October 2017 - 08 October 2017

10:00 - 17:00

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

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Concession - Student£120.00
RPS Member£120.00 
Non RPS Member£140.00 



Whilst this is being supported by the RPS Documentary Group it will be of interest to many photographers who have all sorts of different interests.   

Four members of the Chichester-based 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 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!

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 has had his project work exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and Ireland. Not only will he consider suitable subjects for a project, but will offer advice on how to plan  and research the project, and the importance of project management. He will also share his invaluable experience on approaching galleries and getting the project hung as an exhibition.

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 weekend will comprise a mix of led discussions, and photographic excursions. 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 £120 (£140 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. There is an excellent coffee shop at Middleport Pottery for lunch and light refreshments during the day. Depending on the locations visited, there may also be entrance fees to any museums.

See also: 


Janey Devine, FRPS has an exhibition – Our Heritage Your Future - at the Middleport Pottery running from 8 September to 22 October.

To book a place or any queries contact Mo Connelly at

No. of places:  20





Opening times

09.00 to 17.00

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

There is easy access at Middleport Pottery for those with mobility problems, but the second day will involve walking.

Mo Connelly
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Region: CentralGroup(s): Documentary, Documentary Northern