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

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EXHIBITION LAUNCH: MY MESSAGE TO YOU

3 December 2021

Events

Open Rooms #19: Moral Turpitude

9 December 2021

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

OPEN SOURCE 019: DREW FINDLAY

3 November - 30 November 2021

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Open Rooms #18: FireHawks

18 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

Events

Joseph Lee: Mindful Photo Workshop

11 December 2021

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

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

Past Events

LATE NIGHT OPENING: COLLECTIVE MATTERS

15 October 2021

Past Events

Holding the Baby: Banner making workshop

16 October 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 October - 6 November 2021

Main Exhibition

Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

Exhibitions

Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

Projects

PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

Exhibitions

Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

Past Events LOOK Events

Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

Past Events

PLATFORM: Issue 4 Launch Party

10 September 2021

Past Events

Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

Past Events

Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

9 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

Past Exhibitions

We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

Exhibitions

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival — Jessica El Mal: Grounds For Concern

16 July - 15 August 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

Past Exhibitions

Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

16 June - 20 June 2021

Past Events

First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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A Spotlight on… ‘Agency’ with Anthony Luvera

This month Open Eye Gallery’s social practice team, Liz Wewiora and Andy Yates visited the current exhibition ‘Agency’, a public realm installation, newspaper and series of events by Anthony Luvera and members of the homeless community in Coventry. Here’s what they had to say about the project.

As you arrive into Coventry, you are immediately struck by the development taking place around the train station and approach to the town centre. New buildings, construction and a quickly changing skyline sit alongside a buzzing feeling of place, with Coventry celebrating and showcasing the outputs of its City of Culture UK programme.

As you make your way into the heart of the town centre, you pass Warwick Row, a road historically associated with the real estate industry; the ‘property row’ if you like. It is here where you can stumble across a new project and exhibition, Agency until 28th October.

Agency is a new body of work by the socially engaged artist Anthony Luvera. Created in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness in Coventry, the commission forms part of Coventry UK City of Culture and extends the ongoing work Luvera made with people experiencing homelessness in towns and cities across the United Kingdom for almost twenty years.

The project initially started pre-pandemic, with planning, consultation and recruitment of individuals to take part but finally in 2021, Luvera was able to meet with and invite participants to use disposable cameras to document their experiences and places in the city that are significant to them. Participants were also invited to use digital medium format camera equipment in order to work on the production of a self-portrait for the artist’s ongoing series Assisted Self-Portraits. To make these portraits, the participants would choose locations important to them, and the artist would teach the individual how to use the digital medium format camera equipment with a tripod, handheld flash gun, cable shutter release and a laptop to capture their image on their own terms.

The final portraits are exhibited along Warwick Row, using signage boards synonymous with for sale and let signs, referencing the road’s association with real estate. The exhibition and an accompanying free community newspaper where you can see more of the process and disposable camera images created, form part of HOME: Arts and Homelessness Festival taking place throughout the city. The exhibition and newspaper aren’t to be seen as the final outputs of the project, however, with Luvera seeing both as a stimulus for further discussion and action for people to raise awareness about homelessness. The artist now hopes to continue working with the individuals involved in the project to set up their own photography group who can continue through images to articulate their lived experience and aspirations for the future. The work reflects the importance of process and durational approach needed to support projects which seek to bring people together and highlight voices in society often or otherwise unheard.

Image Credits: Agency, by Anthony Luvera and homeless communities of Coventry, photo by Andy Yates, 2021.

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