Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Student Exhibitions: Arc

16 June - 20 June 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Digital Window Gallery: Postcards from us x

10 June - 20 June 2021

Events

OPEN ROOMS #13: A BALKAN JOURNEY WITH CHRIS LESLIE

17 June 2021

Exhibitions

First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

Events

First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

Events

First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Things Are Strange

25 May 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #12: INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL

6 May 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 May - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021

Exhibitions

Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

Exhibitions

Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

Past Events

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

Projects

Introducing Energy House

23 February 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

25 February 2021

The Course

12 February 2021

Past Events

PLATFORM ISSUE 3: HOPE

12 February 2021

Events

OPEN CALL: THE STORY OF LIVERPOOL THROUGH ITS TREES

1 January - 30 April 2021

Events

OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

Past Events

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 City Region Through Its Trees

24 November 2020

Past Events

Home Turf: Fans, Foodbanks and Photography

17 December 2020

Past Events

Scottie Press: Digital Residency

7 December - 11 December 2020

Past Events

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

20 November 2020

Exhibitions

VR: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2020

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

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

16 November - 30 November 2020

Past Exhibitions

Peer to Peer: UK / HK

11 November 2020

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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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