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VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

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Return To Nature

30 July 2021

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VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

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We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

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

16 July - 15 August 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

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Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

16 June - 20 June 2021

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First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

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23 June - 27 June 2021

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9 June - 13 June 2021

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16 June - 20 June 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

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10 June - 20 June 2021

LightNight 2021: Play

21 May 2021

Heavy Gardening Art Trail Photowalk

21 May 2021

OPEN ROOMS #13: A BALKAN JOURNEY WITH CHRIS LESLIE

17 June 2021

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First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Things Are Strange

25 May 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #12: INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL

6 May 2021

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Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 May - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021

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Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

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First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

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Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

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First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #11: ON THE CORNERS OF ARGYLE AND GLENWOOD – PHOTOBOOK IN COLLABORATION

11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

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23 February 2021

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23 February 2021

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23 February 2021

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Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

25 February 2021

The Course

12 February 2021

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PLATFORM ISSUE 3: HOPE

12 February 2021

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OPEN CALL: THE STORY OF LIVERPOOL THROUGH ITS TREES

1 January - 30 April 2021

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OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

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WHAT WE DO IN LOCKDOWN

5 January 2021

HYPERTEXT: Books Beyond Bars – Felix McNulty in conversation with Sarah Jane Baker

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Ruth White – The Role of the Photobook in Representing the British Working Classes

28 November 2020

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Martha Goddard — Poems

Two poems from one of our volunteers, Martha Goddard. Published as part of PLATFORM by Leah Jones — an online publication of art and writing from Open Eye Gallery’s volunteers.

 

MARTHA GODDARD

 

Cry

 

These white hot shards of broken glass

Pierce my molten chest.

The up and down, the ebb and flow

Won’t calm this painful mess.

 

I feel a rhythm in a cage

It quickens to excess

Until it’s broken free

It can’t be caged

It has to be expressed.

 

And now its made its way

Into my throat

A rope around my neck

And up it goes

To clench my eyes

I feel like I’m possessed.

 

Then

Sweet relief

The tears fall down

They flow without protest.

I pour this demon from eyes

And finally I can rest.

 

Amazon Dream

Once, I closed my eyes

And for a split second,

I felt as though all of civilisation

Could have been

Nothing but a dream

 To wake up from.

 

I was gliding through the waters of

The Amazon River

And the last image left on my eyelids

Was that of beautiful long trees

And tall grass in water.

 

I thought of the modern world I knew;

A world where all

The technological advances form

An aggressive progression

From natural to manufactured.

The communication revolution,

The dirty machinery,

The endless pollution,

The accelerated growth

Of the human population.

Production, consumption, greed, war.

More, more, more, more.

Yet no satisfaction.

 

A world where oceans are filled

With plastic suffocation.

With mass production, intensive farming

All for us to gorge on.

A world where beautiful beings

Are driven to extinction

A world where the climate is changing,

Global devastation.

A world that is pushed to the brink.

And still the people do not think.

….

Then I opened my eyes

And saw nothing but the river

The long, beautiful trees

And tall grass in water.

All a dream

I thought for a moment

As the engine of the boat

Propelled me forwards.

 

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