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13 December 2023

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Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023

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30 November 2023

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6 November - 5 February 2024

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17 November - 17 December 2023

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18 November 2023

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26 October - 11 April 2024

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Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023

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Critique Surgery for Socially Engaged Photographers

6 November 2023

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Deeds Not Words: panel discussion

12 October 2023

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Deeds Not Words @ Atrium Space

3 October - 22 October 2023

Ode To Our Space @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

A Look At A New Perspective @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

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Exhibition Launch: A Place of Our Own

28 September 2023

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Book Launch: Crow Dark Dawn

19 October 2023

Reflections

12 September - 22 December 2023

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Sandra Suubi ‘Samba Gown’ Procession

9 September 2023

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A Place of Our Own

29 September - 22 December 2023

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POETRY BOOK LAUNCH: JACK BENNETT – LUNETTE

7 September 2023

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A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot

31 August 2023

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Our Home. Our Place. Our Space. @ Walton

16 August - 2 October 2023

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Poetry Reading: Coast to Coast to Coast’s sixth Birthday!

16 September 2023

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CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING: The Mermaid’s Revolt

9 September 2023

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Findings: an exhibition by service users of Age Concern

8 August - 10 September 2023

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Film screening: The Undesirables + When the Sea sends forth a Forest

24 August 2023

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Reclaim. Suzanne St Clare and residents of Chester @ Chester

5 August - 10 September 2023

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Picturing High Streets. Ciara Leeming and The Spider Project @ Chester

28 July - 10 September 2023

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Picturing High Streets. Suzanne St Clare and Chester Traders @ Chester

28 July - 10 September 2023

VR: Home. Perspectives

4 May - 21 May 2023

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Book Launch: Vestige

27 July 2023

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An Evening of Poetry: Launch of Life Stills and readings from Merseyside Stanza Poets

15 June 2023

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LCR Photo Award Winners @ Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

1 June - 1 July 2023

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Me, Myself, My SPACE @ The Atkinson

27 May - 9 July 2023

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as the glass clears

25 May - 29 May 2023

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Poets Hanan Issa and James Conor Patterson at Open Eye Gallery

21 May 2023

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PLATFORM: ISSUE 5

27 April 2023

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Solace in the City @ DWG

5 May - 21 May 2023

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Home. Making @ Kirkby Gallery

1 May - 15 June 2023

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Home. Settings @ The Atkinson

4 May - 15 June 2023

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Home. Perspectives @ Open Eye Gallery

4 May - 21 May 2023

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Home. Land @ Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

27 April - 11 June 2023

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HOME: Launch Event

4 May 2023

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HOME SCHOOLS ACTIVITY PACK

18 April - 21 July 2023

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Home. Liberty @ Unity Theatre Exhibition Space

1 May - 31 May 2023

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Home. Resistance @ Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Wirral)

26 April - 27 May 2023

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People and Places: Whitby High School Student Exhibition Private View

28 April 2023

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The Liverpool Camarade – part of The European Poetry Festival 2023

11 May 2023

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People and Places @ Open Eye Gallery

26 April - 1 May 2023

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Liverpool Biennial 2023

10 June - 17 September 2023

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Zine Launch: PLATFORM Issue 5

20 April 2023

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Home Book

Ukraine, the 2022 Eurovision winner, could not host the song contest in 2023 due to Russia’s full-scale military invasion. Instead, Liverpool became the host city on behalf of Ukraine. To champion Ukrainian culture during Eurovision, Open Eye Gallery launched the HOME programme. Organised in partnership with online platform Ukrainian. Photographies, HOME is part of an extensive cultural programme in the Liverpool City Region exploring the meaning of home across exhibitions, trails and events. The published book Home includes featured photographs and commissioned poems, the exhibition views, and essays on the topic of home from Viktoria Bavykina and Max Gorbatskyi, curators, Chris McCabe, the National Poetry Library, and Mariama Attaha, Open Eye Gallery.

The book Home will be available for purchase in the Open Eye Gallery shop during Home. Perspectives exhibition (4–21 May, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm) for £16. 

Some of the projects that you can see in the book are, for example, Black on Prussian Blue by Andriy Dostliev and Lia Dostlieva, which explores the notion of a perpetrator’s gaze based on the study of the photographs from the family album of a Wehrmacht soldier who served in the Luftwaffe during WWII, or Anatoliy Babiychuk’s project, in which the village of Horaivka stands as an exemplary story of a small village that has kept a traditional way of living, cultivating a deep connection with the land typical of Ukrainian tradition.

For Ukrainians, both the emotional and physical dimensions of home somehow crumbled. Although Ukrainians’ home has changed beyond recognition since February 2022, and Russian missiles have already destroyed some places depicted in the photographs, there are attempts to reconstruct the experience of home, what it once was, and imagine what it will be.

Viktoria Bavykina and Max Gorbatskyi, curators (Ukrainian. Photographiessaid: “While preparing this project, we realised that Ukrainian photography is very home-centred. In the sense that through their photographs, the authors, in one way or another, talk about their home, their own Ukraine.

Even if photographs often conceal more than they reveal, it is exactly through this multiplicity of subjects and themes, approaches and practices, photographs of revolution, war, houses crushed by russian missiles, images of miners, youth, cityscapes and abstractions, that the image of contemporary Ukraine somehow emerges”.

The book shows the Home Trails images, too. Five thematic trails run through all boroughs of The Liverpool City Region, converging in the hub exhibition at Open Eye Gallery. The trails entitled Land, which starts with the exhibition at Norton Priory (Halton), Liberty at Unity Theatre (Liverpool), Resistance at Williamson (Wirral), Settings at the Atkinson (Sefton) and Making at Kirkby Gallery (Knowsley), all represent different perspectives of looking at Ukrainian photographic practices and telling stories about our Home in different ways. Each of the five trails also contains five collectable thematic postcards featuring photographs by different Ukrainian photographers. Money raised through the sale of postcards goes to Hospitallers Ukrainian volunteer paramedic organisation. 

The Home. Perspectives exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery features eighteen projects by fifteen Ukrainian artists offering different views of Ukraine and forming constellations that highlight various aspects of Ukraine’s contemporary sociopolitical context, culture and history.

Also, six Ukrainian photographers each created an image of their understanding of Home. Central to this process was a question critical for every Ukrainian today – how their perception of the Home changed after February 2022, after realising it can be taken away or destroyed at any moment. Six UK Poets each created a short poem in response to these images, using their creative voice to amplify the photographer’s work and bring new perspectives. 

The HOME programme was made meaningful through collaboration between Open Eye Gallery and Ukrainian. Photographies, and we would like to thank the following:

UKRAINIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS: Anatoliy BABIYCHUK, Valentine BO, Oleksandr BURLAKA, Igor CHEKACHKOV, Alexander CHEKMENEV, Andrii DOSTLIEV, Lia DOSTLIEVA, Maryna FROLOVA, Nazar FURYK, Sasha KURMAZ, Viktor MARUSHCHENKO, Mykhaylo PALINCHAK, Evgeniy PAVLOV, Polina POLIK ARPOVA, Victoria PIDUST, Viacheslav POLIAKOV, Andriy RACHYNSKYI, Anton SHEBETKO, Yaroslav SOLOP, Elena SUBACH, Daria SVERTILOVA.

UK POETS: John HEGLEY, Hanan ISSA, Jackie KAY, Roger MCGOUGH (CBE), James CONOR PATTERSON, Deryn REES-JONES.

FUNDERS: DCMS, The British Council, Spirit of 2012, Arts Council England.

SUPPORTERS: Ukrainian Institute, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool BID.

HOME DELIVERY PARTNERS: ace & tate, Arthouse Traffic Films, ArtReview, Arts Bar Baltic, BITA, Bold Street Coffee, C&D Properties, Centre for New and International Writing, Dead Ink Books, dot-art, Edgehill University, Engage, European Poetry Festival, Hafla Hafla, Hurricane Films, Keith’s, Kirkby Gallery, Liverpool Bid, Liverpool Arts Bar, Liverpool Culture Team, Liverpool One, Liverpool Poetry Space, Max Literacy, MerseyMade, Merseyrail, Norton Priory, Nova Scotia, Open Culture, Press Bros, Ropes and Twines, Shenanigans, Singing Our Socks Off Community Choir, The Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, SUP, Tempest, Thames & Hudson, Tilly Hire, The Atkinson, The Brink, The Double Negative, The Egg Cafe, The Poetry Society, The World of Glass Museum, UCEN – Manchester, Ukrainian Institute, Unity Theatre, University of Liverpool, Victoria Gallery and Museum, Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, The Windows Project, 92 degrees (Hardman St, Baltic and Southport).

HOME GUEST CURATORS: Kateryna Filyuk, Ben Harman, Louise Pearson, Monika Szewczyk, Amelie Schüle, Lindsay Taylor.

AT HOME GUEST WRITERS: Sarah Hymas, Saul Leslie, Bernadette McBride, Anita Pati, Oleksandra Pron, Deryn Rees-Jones, Pauline Rowe, David Tierney.

HOME BOOK DONATORS: JA Flooring, Steven Lucy, SLMC Marketing, Kroll Corlett, The Printroom, Ian & Pauline Wilson, Sue Grainger, North Liverpool Business Forum.

Commissioned for EuroFestival by Culture Liverpool / Liverpool City Council.

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