Events

Sustainability – Climate Change and the impact from Industry

17 May 2022

Open Source Exhibitions

Open Source #22: Bags For Life – Luke Saxon

1 May - 31 May 2022

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: LOOK Climate Lab 2022

13 January - 20 March 2022

Past Events

An evening with Maytree Poets

28 April 2022

Past Events Events

Recovery in Focus & Inside Stories

14 May 2022

Past Events

Homo Humour film screening & Q&A

7 May 2022

Events

Painting the Mersey in 17 Canvases Coast to Coast to Coast

21 May 2022

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

Open Source #21: Ancestral Folk – Eunice Pais

1 April - 30 April 2022

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Follow The River, Follow The Thread

1 April - 12 June 2022

Exhibitions

Saturday Girl About Town at Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Wigan

28 January 2022

Past Exhibitions

WE

31 March - 1 May 2022

Past Events

Who Cares? – Symposium exploring the role of art & design in health & care

26 April 2022

Past Events

Socially Engaged Photography Network: North West regional meet up event ‘Co-authoring the Collection’ 

28 April 2022

HOPE COMMUNITY GARDEN/ FEEDING LIVERPOOL: REIMAGINING YOUR FUTURE FOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD

9 March 2022

SESSION 3: DERELICTION TO DELICIOUS

11 March 2022

PELOTON COOP: JOY RIDE

18 March 2022

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Grow Your Own

23 February - 20 March 2022

Taking Root Bootle – Growing on the Streets: Involving local residents In greening up public spaces

10 March 2022

Liverpool Food Growers Network: Panel Discussion

12 March 2022

Past Events

ECOSYSTEM 2: OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

19 February - 20 March 2022

SCOUSE FLOWERHOUSE

2 March - 5 March 2022

Session 3: Windowsill Growing with Croxteth Community Garden

12 March 2022

Taster Menu

11 March 2022

Session 2: Dereliction to delicious

11 March 2022

Session 2: Introduction to beekeeping

11 March 2022

Session 1: Dereliction to delicious

11 March 2022

Session 1: Introduction to Beekeeping

11 March 2022

Session 2: Windowsill Growing with Croxteth Community Garden

10 March 2022

Session 2: Relax and Grow

10 March 2022

Session 1: Windowsill Growing with Croxteth Community Garden

10 March 2022

Session 1: Relax and Grow

10 March 2022

Compost Works – An Introduction into Composting

9 March 2022

Hope Community Garden/ Feeding Liverpool: Reimagining your Future Food Neighbourhood

9 March 2022

Liverpool Food Growers Network: Rethinking our Food System

9 March - 12 March 2022

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: NOVUS: Restricted Views – Creative Outlooks

1 December - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: On the Brink

27 January - 19 March 2022

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

Open Source #20: Matt Dunne

9 February - 28 February 2022

Arts Groupie Workshops

26 February - 19 March 2022

TREE: Live Storytelling Session

19 March 2022

Horti-Culture Sharing Sessions with Arts Groupie and Incredible Edible

19 March - 9 March 2022

Liver Bird Safari with Arts Groupie

26 February - 26 February 2022

Past Events

Shop the Look Project with Emma Summerscales Open studio

11 February 2022

Mersey Green Map

4 February - 14 March 2022

Climate Cafés

26 January - 9 March 2022

Growing Sudley CIC: Nature’s Apothecary Workshops

23 January - 6 March 2022

Cyanotype Workshop with Edd Carr

25 February 2022

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Writing Workshops

30 January - 17 March 2022

Hope and Fear

25 January - 30 March 2022

Past Events

Peloton Liverpool Cooperative

16 February - 18 February 2022

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Open Eye Gallery’s commitment to racial equality

Black Lives Matter has become the most widespread civil rights movement in history, and sparked a renewed reckoning with the way structural racism runs through our cultures. Over the year since George Floyd’s murder ignited protests and marches for Black Lives Matter across the country, Open Eye Gallery has reflected on and renewed our commitment to racial equality. As a gallery for photographic arts we are aware of the power and place photography has held in impacting and advancing recent civil rights movements, and how the camera can be both a key and a catalyst to creating a fairer, more just world. 

Championing socially engaged photographers and working with practitioners to train and engage our community with photographic arts is at the heart of everything we do. Across our team we have ensured our programme is as diverse as possible, working on a local, national and international level to engage our audiences. We have consistently achieved the highest rating for the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity, but recognise that we are on a journey and have much more to do.

During Black History Month, we hosted a series of walking tours with historian Laurence Westgaph that exposed the often overlooked history of Liverpool and its connections with the history of slavery. Our recent exhibition as part of The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and The Port features work from Zineb Sedira’s series Sugar Routes (2013) and Alberta Whittle’s film between a whisper and a cry (2019) which both directly address and challenge the impact the history of the transatlantic slave trade still has on our institutions and culture today. We are committed to acknowledging our institution’s role in the fight for racial equality and challenge ourselves, our artists, and our audiences to engage with and learn from this past which affects us all to this day. 

Our Love Is An Action programme, launched in June 2020, platformed activists, artists and writers of colour seeking to nurture the discourse around movements for racial justice in response to Black Lives Matter protests. For a period of six months we hired an artist, activist or writer of colour to take over our Instagram platform for a week, acting as curators and researchers to share projects and ideas from a range of fields and inspirations, shaping the agenda for conversations about diverse artists and works in the UK and further afield. 

Within our team, we have continued these conversations internally, introducing monthly ‘inclusivetea’ meetings to reserve time specifically for discussions around our commitment to improving Open Eye Gallery’s accessibility, and learning from outside practitioners to highlight and support where we can improve as an organisation. We are committed to the diversity agenda, and have been exploring ways in which we can enable a greater diversity of people to shape and engage with photography. Equality of access to work here, to volunteer, to develop creative talent, and to visit, engage, and have your work profiled is central to our success. We practice having an open line of communication across all levels of the organisation, and are committed to furthering the training and development of both staff and volunteers to open doors for a future generation of diverse socially engaged practitioners. 

Through consultation with an independent EDI specialist, we are in the process of updating our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Action Plan. Our inclusive practices will be built through a learning-based approach, and learning will be shared, documented and fed back into strategy and policy development. Staff will be encouraged to experiment with new approaches, to learn from their own experience and history, as well as from the experiences and best practices of others.

We are committed to learning, growing, and continuing to put attention towards the fight for racial equality, both at Open Eye Gallery and within our culture at large.

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