Events

Yarn Spinning Workshop

19 February 2022

Events

Tales of Care and Repair: Upcycling Workshop

12 February 2022

Events

B4Biodiversity: Interactive workshop on using hive by products

13 March 2022

Exhibitions

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival: 22

19 January - 13 February 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Environments and Stress

30 March 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Climate Change and the Arts

22 March 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Narratives of Extinction 1850-2050

7 March 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Art, Photography, and Extraction

1 March 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: China’s Environmental Values

15 February 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Colonial Interventions

8 January 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Indigenous Perspectives

1 February 2022

Events

Hope and Fear: Climate Crisis

25 January 2022

Events

Are You Living Comfortably?: Creating a Culture of Energy Efficiency In Our Homes

28 January 2022

Events

Peloton: Joy Ride

18 February 2022

Events

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Reading Event

17 March 2022

Events

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Young People’s Writing Workshop pt.2

6 February 2022

Events

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Young People’s Writing Workshop pt.1

30 January 2022

Events

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Writing Workshop – Adults part 2

27 February 2022

Events

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Writing Workshop – Adults part 1

20 February 2022

Events

Climate Cafe: Session 3

9 March 2022

Events

Climate Cafe: Session 2

16 February 2022

Events

Climate Cafe: Session 1

26 January 2022

Events

Land Art – How to approach Environmental Photography Projects with Hanna-Katrina Jędrosz

23 February 2022

Events

Mersey Green Map Workshop 2 – Finding Green Local Businesses on Merseyside

16 March 2022

Events

Mersey Green Map Workshop 1 – Finding Green Local Businesses on Merseyside

9 February 2022

Events

Mersey Green Maps: Start-ups and new Voluntary Groups Workshop

4 February 2022

Events

Land art – Messages and Manifestos: Photography as Activism with Louis Quail

10 February 2022

Events

Growing Sudley CIC: Nature’s Apothecary Workshop 3

6 March 2022

Events

Growing Sudley CIC: Nature’s Apothecary Workshop 2

13 February 2022

Events

Growing Sudley CIC: Nature’s Apothecary Workshop 1

23 January 2022

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LOOK Climate Lab 2022

13 January - 20 March 2022

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere In-between

10 November - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Make It Snappy

1 December - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

My Message to You

1 December - 17 December 2021

Past Events

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: MY MESSAGE TO YOU

3 December 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #19: Moral Turpitude

9 December 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #18: FireHawks

18 November 2021

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

OPEN SOURCE 019: DREW FINDLAY

3 November - 30 November 2021

Exhibitions

VR: Whose Land Is It?

8 July 2021

Projects

Mccoy Wynne to exhibit at COP26 Universities’ Innovation Showcase

18 October 2021

Past Events

Collective Matters: Meet and Greet

22 October 2021

Past Events

Holding Time: Launch Event

19 November 2021

Past Events

The Mutual Respect Manifesto by Glow Creative Learning

25 October 2021

Past Events

Joseph Lee: Mindful Photo Workshop

11 December 2021

Past Events

Who’s Left Behind? Part 2: Tadhg Devlin, staff from Community Integrated Care, and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in association with Liverpool SURF group

25 November 2021

Past Events

Who’s Left Behind? Part 1: Liverpool Cares and MA SEP graduate Vilija Skubute

24 November 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms # 17: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere in between

11 November 2021

Past Events

One Day at a Time Boys: Introductory talk and workshop

6 November 2021

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: CROSSING SECTORS

30 September - 7 November 2021

Exhibitions

Just Between Friends: Runcorn Public Realm

30 September - 12 December 2021

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Archive

The Open Eye Gallery Archive contains approximately 1600 prints by more than 100 photographers. Its holdings are diverse, ranging from works by lesser known photographers to those by leading international artists. The archive is particularly strong on work made in and around Liverpool, including portraits, urban landscapes and social documentary.

The archive was started in 1980 – three years after the Gallery opened – by Open Eye Gallery’s first Director of Exhibitions, Peter Hagerty. Collecting has followed changing agendas over the years, but has remained closely linked to the Gallery’s commissions and exhibition programmes. The first works to enter the archive came from the open submission exhibition Open Eye Gallery 1980. Similar open group exhibitions continued, and fed works into the archive, until 1996.

Some of the archive’s earlier works date from the 1930s and 1940s. They include a substantial body of work by Edith Tudor-Hart, exhibited at Open Eye Gallery in 1988. Tudor-Hart was a Bauhaus-trained photographer from Austria who fled to the UK in the 1930s to avoid prosecution for her political activities. She photographed in the coal mining areas of the Rhondda Valley and in the industrial North East of England; from the late 1930s her work explored issues around social policy, housing and the care of disabled children.

In 1985 Neil Burgess (Open Eye Gallery’s Director 1982-86) organised an exhibition of the work of Bert Hardy, a leading British photojournalist of the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1940s Hardy was commissioned by Picture Post magazine to shoot photo-essays such as Chinese Hostel in Liverpool (unpublished, 1942) and Is There a British Colour Bar? (1949). In 2006 Getty Images donated the exhibited works to the Open Eye Gallery archive.

In 1983 Open Eye Gallery’s Liverpool Free Studio project set-up a temporary studio on the street outside the Gallery. Over a number of days the participating photographers, who included Tom Wood and John McDonald, photographed passers-by, who were invited to come back the next day to collect a print. From 1984-89 Open Eye Gallery’s Project Assistance Scheme helped local photographers create new work; each project contributed a set of prints to the archive.

A number of Open Eye Gallery’s exhibitions in the 1970s and 1980s examined the wider roles of photography in popular culture. Works were collected from exhibitions such as Snap, Razzle and Pop: a History of Pop Photography 1955-83, including pictures of 1960s Merseybeat stars and of the wider UK music scene. The 1986 exhibition A portrait of Comedy was also a source of works for Open Eye Gallery’s archive and included portraits of UK comedy stars of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

In 2007 the Gallery commissioned and exhibited The Water’s Edge, a series of portraits by Michelle Sank of women who work, or worked, on the Liverpool waterfront. The project was produced in collaboration with writer and oral historian Joanne Lacey, who also co-authored the book (published by Open Eye Gallery and Liverpool University Press, ISBN 978-1-84631-084-3). Michelle Sank donated a set of prints to the archive in 2008.

Another major acquisition in 2008 was the exhibition Cities on the Edge, commissioned as part of the city’s European Capital of Culture programmes and curated by photographer John Davies. The exhibition and accompanying book (Liverpool University Press, ISBN 978-1-84631-186-4) explored Liverpool and six other European port cities through the eyes of leading international photographers. The exhibition was donated to the archive by Liverpool Culture Company.

Photographers represented in the archive include: Gabriele Basilico, Ian Beesley, Vanley Burke, Steve Conlan, Philippe Conti, Will Curwen, John Davies, John Edwards, Paul Fazackerley, Bruce Gilden, Steve Hale, Sean Halligan, Edward Chambre Hardman , Bert Hardy, Thurston Hopkins, Peter Kennard, Greg Leach, Peter Hagerty, Harry Hammond, Edith Tudor Hart, Mari Mahr, Peter Marlowe, Derek Massey, John McDonald, Neil McDowall, Rob Meighen, Joel Meyerowitz, Simon Norfolk, Paul O’Donnell, Martin Parr, Caroline Penn, Michael Robinson, Michelle Sank, Ludwig Schirmer, Samantha Seneviratne, Patrick Shanahan, Ewen Spencer, John Stoddart, Wolfgang Suschitsky, Jan Svenungsson, Ali Taptik, Ed van der Elsken, Sandy Volz, Wojtek Wilczyk, Rob Williams and Tom Wood.

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