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Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

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CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

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We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

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Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

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Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 6 March 2024

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Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

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Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

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Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

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Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

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Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

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Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

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Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

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We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

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Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

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End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

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Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

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Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

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Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

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Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

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Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024

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Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024

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Force For Nature Exhibition

27 March - 28 March 2024

Voices of Nature: Interactive Performances

28 March 2024

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Sum of All Parts: Symposium

27 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

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MA Socially engaged photography Open Day event

1 February 2023

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Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

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Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023

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Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024

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Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023

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Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

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Bernice Mulenga: Artist Talk

18 November 2023

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Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023

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Community @ Ellesmere Port Library

26 October - 11 April 2024

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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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Book Launch: Crow Dark Dawn

19 October 2023

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Exhibition Launch: A Place of Our Own

28 September 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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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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