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Bright Room June Session

By 03/06/2021September 23rd, 2023Critical Academy

Bright Room Sessions are a set of monthly meetings conceived to open an opportunity for creatives of all levels and practices to come together, share their work, and enjoy a range of feedback.

Organised by image-maker, researcher, and educator, David Flood in collaboration with PhotoIreland, Bright Room Sessions addresses the need by active practitioners for informal and frequent peer critique at a time of networking challenges.

The event revolves around photographers presenting their work-in-progress. After each presentation, the floor is open for discussion, suggestions, and critical responses. The sessions, operated in a safe and constructive environment, are designed to help photographers:

  • Share and test new work
  • Hold constructive dialogue
  • Practice presentation skills
  • Cross-pollinate ideas
  • Meet other practitioners
  • Spark collaborations

Bright Room Sessions is open to all photographers practising on the island of Ireland as well as Irish photographers practising abroad. We encourage practitioners from all backgrounds and levels to apply to present and discuss work-in-progress. The only criterion for eligibility is that you should not be currently enrolled in an Arts degree programme, but if you are, you are welcome to join the sessions as an attendee and be part of the dialogue.

Event Format

The event will take place on the last Thursday of every month. It will be hosted online via Zoom, partially due to the ongoing pandemic, but also to foster an inclusive and diverse programme of speakers.

Each speaker will be able to share their screen and present their work-in-progress for a maximum of 10 minutes. Once the presentation is finished, there will be a further 10 minutes for discussion. The text chat can be used to give feedback and ask questions both during and after the presentation. The text chat will be saved and sent to presenters after the event. Please note that the online event will not be recorded.

Next event:
6pm Thursday 24 June


How to join the sessions

Those wishing to attend the June session can do so by registering on Eventbrite. Places are free and a link will be sent to your email shortly before the start of the event. Artists presenting their work will be announced shortly before each session.

How to apply to present work

Artists can apply by sending an email to, with the subject line Bright Room May Session, with the following information within the email or in an attached PDF document.

  • Full Name
  • Country or County you are based in
  • A little bit about yourself 4-5 sentences
  • A little bit about your project 4-5 sentences
  • What you would like to get out of the Bright Room Sessions, the kind of feedback you are looking for
  • Confirmation that you are not currently enrolled in an Arts degree, and if you are, is it on a Part or Full Time basis
  • A PDF with up to 4 images from the work-in-progress you would like to present.

As there may be more applicants than spaces available, presenters will be chosen to create as varied and beneficial a session as possible. If not selected for a session, artists can apply again to future sessions in order to be considered.

Submissions to present work are accepted until the 20th June.

Past Presenters

Aisling Clarke, Ala Buisir, Emma O’Brien, Jekaterina Saveljeva, Johanna King, Julie Corcoran, Letizia Lopreiato, Mark McGuinness, Stephane Bruchet.

If you have any questions, please contact David Flood at