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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

Family Page

23 February 2021

About Alternative Lens

23 February 2021

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Introducing Energy House

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

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

HYPERTEXT: Yasmine Akim ‘Decolonise art schools & showcase the agency of marginalised people’

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jason Evans – Sound & Vision

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: ROOT-ed Zine – Our Experience of Navigating through Arts and Media as People of Colour

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Present and Continuous Q&A with Liz Wewiora and the Many Hands Craft Collective

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Rose Nordin of OOMK in conversation with Kerol Izwan of Musotrees

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jade Montserrat in conversation with Nikita Gill

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Sam Hutchinson in conversation with Aram Sabbah of Skatepal

28 November 2020

Get Involved: The Story of Liverpool Through Its Trees

24 November 2020

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Home Turf: Fans, Foodbanks and Photography

17 December 2020

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Scottie Press: Digital Residency

7 December - 11 December 2020

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Tell It Like It Is: Ian Clegg and Laura Robertson in Conversation

20 November 2020

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VR: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2020

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Peer to Peer HK/UK — Lee Wing Ki: Night Walk (an excerpt)

16 November - 30 November 2020

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Peer to Peer: UK / HK

11 November 2020

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Watch: Liverpool Slavery Virtual Tour

27 October 2020

A Message From Open Eye Gallery: Covid-19 Update

2 November 2020

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VR — The New West

30 October 2020

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TO BE FRANK

30 October - 15 November 2020

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THE LIVES WE LEAD

28 October - 11 November 2020

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Love Is An Action: Black History Panel

29 October 2020

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VR — The Time We Call Our Own

3 September 2020

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Exhibition: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2021

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Harold Offeh — When Was The Time I Could Call My Own?

15 October 2020

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Mirjam Wirz — Sonidero City

8 October 2020

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Open Rooms #9 Access to Art: Who is art for? (w/ Mike Pinnington and Larry Achiampong)

13 October 2020

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PLATFORM ISSUE 2: THE NEW NORMAL

7 October 2020

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Atrium Exhibition: Illustrating Anthropology

12 November - 30 November 2020

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Laurence Westgaph: Liverpool Slavery Virtual Tour

27 October 2020

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE #18 – KELEENNA ONYEAKA

1 October - 31 October 2020

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Tobias Zielony — Maskirovka

27 August 2020

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Save Some Space (The Time We Call Our Own Online #4)

20 August 2020

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Andrew Miksys — Disko (The Time We Call Our Own: Online #3)

6 August 2020

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Oliver Sieber: Imaginary Club (The Time We Call Our Own: Online #2)

30 July 2020

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Getting Ready: Amelia Lonsdale and Her Mum (#1)

23 July 2020

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE #17 – SAMANTHA JAGGER

3 September - 30 September 2020

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10 August 2020

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Kiara Mohamed
Sarah Eyre

New Commissions: ‘How Will We Remember?’

Open Eye Gallery and University of Salford Art Collection have commissioned two projects examining underrepresented repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme, How Will We Remember?  seeks to identify gaps in the public consciousness around who is affected by the global health crisis, and create opportunities to document the lived experience of those who have found themselves especially vulnerable. 

The two North West-based artists, Sarah Eyre and Kiara Mohamed, will respond to Covid 19 and its impact on creativity and wellbeing through their artistic practices. The resulting  artworks will be accessioned into the University of Salford Art Collection.

Kiara Mohamed‘s commission will approach the personal impact that Covid 19 has had specifically on the lives of Black and brown people. Using video calls as a device, Mohamed will photograph these conversations as they occur, giving a view into how daily life and the way we relate to each other have changed. 

Sarah Eyre‘s interest in presence and absence lends itself to the exploration of Covid 19 through a focus on how women are particularly affected by the virus. Eyre uses a cutout technique and layers images from a range of source materials. This could explore the absences that Covid 19 has left in women’s lives, as well as the gaps in provision or support that they might now be facing.

The commissions will be released initially online in July as part of a series of Covid 19 commissions for the University of Salford Art Collection. How Will We Remember? is the latest collaboration from Open Eye Gallery and University of Salford Art Collection, following several years of joint commissioning and programming. Previous highlights include China Dream, a year-long programme of activity around contemporary Chinese art; LOOK International Photography Festival 2017 and 2019, and He Was a Wild One, an exhibition of British Music photography selected from Open Eye Gallery’s archive. Open Eye Gallery and University of Salford also run a collaborative MA programme — Socially Engaged Photography Practice with Community Experience.

Sarah Fisher, Director of Open Eye Gallery, said:

“Worldwide, we are witnessing disparities in who is bearing the weight of the fallout of the global health crisis. In the UK, there is clear evidence that the lives of minority groups and women are more compromised, yet these disparities haven’t been given enough attention. How Will We Remember? is a step in the direction of addressing this imbalance, and engendering visibility for those whose experiences are underrepresented.

“We’re grateful to be working with our long-time collaborators University of Salford Art Collection on this, and contributing once again to their track record of bold, urgent commissioning.”

Kiara Mohamed is a multidisciplinary Muslim queer artist based in Liverpool. She works with photography, filmmaking, poetry. Her work is primarily concerned with addressing the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and self care, particularly in relation to forms of community and social responsibility. Open Eye Gallery encourages people to make a donation to help a queer, black, non-binary friend of hers move to safer housing; they are a low-salaried cultural worker who has been furloughed; they need to move out of the property they are living in because it is not safe for them. You can learn more and help out here.

Sarah Eyre is Northern based artist working with photography, moving image and collage. Her practice often combines found imagery, her own photography, animation and sculptural artefacts. Her recent projects ‘Wigs’ and ‘Copy / Cut / Paste’ both explore the way that women’s wigs draw attention to the complex relationships between the body, its external presence and our formation of self.

Open Eye Gallery is a not-for-profit gallery and photography organisation in Liverpool, UK. They produce exhibitions, long-term collaborative projects, publications, festivals, and university courses — locally and worldwide. Their programme seeks to proactively take risks to spark crucial conversations and enable creative expression.

The University of Salford Art Collection is an ambitious and growing collection of over 700 works of modern and contemporary art, founded c1968. The Collection is actively developed through new co-commissions, working directly with artists in order to tell a story of now to future generations.

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