Projects

Mccoy Wynne to exhibit at COP26 Universities’ Innovation Showcase

18 October 2021

Events

Holding Time: Launch Event

19 November 2021

Events

The Mutual Respect Manifesto by Glow Creative Learning

25 October 2021

Events

Joseph Lee: Mindful Photo Workshop

4 December 2021

Events

Who’s Left Behind? Part 2: Tadhg Devlin, staff from Community Integrated Care, and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in association with Liverpool SURF group

25 November 2021

Events

Who’s Left Behind? Part 1: Liverpool Cares and MA SEP graduate Vilija Skubute

24 November 2021

Events

Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere in between

11 November 2021

Events

One Day at a Time Boys: Introductory talk and workshop

6 November 2021

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: CROSSING SECTORS

30 September - 7 November 2021

Exhibitions

Just Between Friends: Runcorn Public Realm

30 September - 12 December 2021

Events

LATE NIGHT OPENING: COLLECTIVE MATTERS

15 October 2021

Events

Collective Matters: Meet and Greet

22 October 2021

Events

Holding the Baby: Banner making workshop

16 October 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 September - 6 November 2021

Main Exhibition

Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

Projects

PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

Exhibitions

Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

Past Events LOOK Events

Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

Past Events

PLATFORM: Issue 4 Launch Party

10 September 2021

Past Events

Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

Past Events

Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

9 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

Past Exhibitions

We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

Exhibitions

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

16 July - 15 August 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

Past Exhibitions

Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

16 June - 20 June 2021

Past Events

First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Arc

16 June - 20 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Digital Window Gallery: Postcards from us x

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

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

Close
Close

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.

Get involved:
Volunteering

Find out more
Join our newsletter