Exhibitions

JOURNEY TO EDEN @ DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY

6 May - 12 May 2024

Events

MARRIAGE (IN)EQUALITY IN UKRAINE. Screening and a panel discussion

9 May 2024

Events

Casey Orr artist talk and SEPN North West meet-up

18 May 2024

Events

Poetry reading: Coast to Coast to Coast

11 May 2024

Exhibitions

National Pavilion of Ukraine @ Venice Biennale

20 April - 24 November 2024

Exhibitions

Open Source 28: Sam Patton – Room to Breathe @ Digital Window Gallery

10 April - 18 May 2024

Exhibitions

Forward, Together @ Wigan & Leigh Archives, Leigh Town Hall

23 March - 28 September 2024

Exhibitions

As She Likes It: Christine Beckett @ The Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

1 March - 30 June 2024

Exhibitions

Shifting Horizons @ Digital Window Gallery

27 March - 31 March 2024

PLATFORM: ISSUE 6

26 March 2024

Past Events

Saturday Town: Launch Event

10 April 2024

Exhibitions

Saturday Town

11 April - 18 May 2024

Past Events

PLATFORM: ZINE LAUNCH EVENT

21 March 2024

Home. Ukrainian Photography, UK Words: Tour

4 March - 28 February 2025

Exhibitions

Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

Past Events

CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

Exhibitions

We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

Past Events

Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

Exhibitions

Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February - 1 May 2024

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

6 February - 31 March 2024

Past Events

Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

Past Events

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

29 February 2024

Past Events

Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

Past Events

LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

Exhibitions

Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

Events

Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

Past Events

Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

Past Events

Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

Past Events

We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

Past Events

Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

Past Events

End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

Past Events

Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

Past Events

Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

Past Events

Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

Past Events

Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

Past Events

Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024

Past Events

Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024

Past Events

Force For Nature Exhibition

27 March - 28 March 2024

Voices of Nature: Interactive Performances

28 March 2024

Past Events

Sum of All Parts: Symposium

27 February 2024

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

Past Events

MA Socially engaged photography Open Day event

1 February 2023

Past Events

Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023

Past Events

Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024

Past Events

Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

Past Events

Bernice Mulenga: Artist Talk

18 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023

Exhibitions

Community @ Ellesmere Port Library

26 October - 11 April 2024

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Open Eye Gallery Welcomes New Curator, Max Gorbatskyi

Open Eye Gallery is delighted to welcome Max Gorbatskyi as the new curator. Max is particularly interested in exploring photography’s unique ability to simultaneously reflect and form visual culture, being a powerful but accessible medium that operates both in and beyond the realm of art.

Working with the team and community partners, Max will continue Open Eye Gallery’s work in socially engaged practice, focusing on emerging photographers, local and international perspectives, and facilitating discussions about relevant topics such as decolonisation and climate crisis.

Max was previously a curator at Ukraine’s flagship cultural institution Mystetskyi Arsenal, where he focused on developing photography programmes and exhibitions. He worked extensively with archival and contemporary photography. Among the last projects he curated was a large-scale survey of the last three decades of photography in Ukraine, entitled “Sensitivity. Contemporary Ukrainian Photography” and a research project “Archive of photographer Oleksandr Ranchukov” dedicated to the private archive of a late Kyiv based documentary photographer. Max is a co-founder of the Ukrainian. Photographies platform which features online exhibitions and articles with the aim to ensure the resilience and visibility of Ukrainian art and contemporary visual culture. Max studied MA History of Photography at Birkbeck, University of London and MA Arts management at the University of Bologna. 

More recently Max, together with fellow curator Viktoria Bavykina collaborated with Open Eye Gallery on the HOME programme, which was the largest exhibition of Ukrainian photography in the UK to date, showing in over 40 sites. The programme included 5 new commissions by photographers exploring their home and 6 new commissions by UK poets responding to their images, as well as publications and events across Liverpool city region, reflecting on the question, What does home mean? The programme brought together diverse projects from 17 Ukrainian artists who offer distinct approaches to image creation, and ways of seeing and thinking about Ukraine.

Max Gorbatskyi, Curator at Open Eye Gallery, said: 

Open Eye Gallery means a lot to those interested in and dedicated to photography, locally and internationally. It also means so much to me, and I’m thrilled to join the incredible team and be stepping into this role after being an intern at Open Eye six years ago. I am delighted to take the responsibility to continue the best practices the gallery has developed and to offer new perspectives for its new chapter. I’m looking forward to exploring the ways in which photography can be meaningful for the local communities and respond to today’s global challenges. 

Photography’s unique liminal position of being a medium of art, a technology for multiple uses, a tool for communication, surveillance and documentation, and a major part of contemporary visual culture suggests the multiplicity of ways of approaching it. It can reflect, emancipate and connect people. It can tell stories. Working together with the wonderful team of the Open Eye Gallery, we will continue to work on unleashing the potential photography has in the context of now and here.

Sarah Fisher, Director at Open Eye Gallery said:

Max comes to the gallery at an interesting time – as we are building upon our community, regional and international partnerships, and growing our co-authored programme. Watch this space, as his exceptional knowledge of photography and his collaborative approach shape a dynamic programme, extending the range and reach of  photographic voices. 

 

Open Eye Gallery produces exhibitions, long-term collaborative projects, publications, festivals, and university courses – locally and worldwide. It welcomes over 85,000 visitors to its Liverpool waterfront gallery every year, over 200,000 to projects in other venues, and many more to its online spaces.

 

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