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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Image credit: Jasmin Davies

People and Places by Andreea Mate

Being a volunteer at the Open Eye Gallery, I had the privilege of being able to go to Whitby High School and see the presentations the students had done on the work they were planning to be shown in the gallery space. The quality and creativity of what was presented was incredible and now, having been to the exhibition, it is even more impressive and rather surreal in the gallery after having seen it on the small screen for the first time. The prompt and theme of this exhibition, People and Places, may seem rather simple, but the creativity of the students was evident in the many directions it was taken in. From photographs showing very personal stories such as a sister leaving for university (Jasmin Davies) to showing the reality of not caring for our planet and the effects it can have (Isabel Pritchard). The themes presented are powerful, personal and important. They are all worth seeing and spending time with.

Kit Abramson, Programme Manager, Is Anybody Listening? Our Time, Our Place said: The urgency of Whitby High School and Open Eye Gallery’s work relates to the intergenerational nature of poverty, economic hardship and the representation & misrepresentation of northern communities. As we face a crippling cost-of-living crisis and the long-term fall-out of a catastrophic pandemic, these themes are more apparent and relevant than ever. ‘People and Place equips young people with the skills and understanding to have pride in, and recognise the value of, their own heritage, seeing it as something worth preserving and developing the confidence to document it from the inside out – giving a louder and rooted voice to the people that make and represent ‘place’.

Not only were the students at Whitby High School the artists behind the work, but they also helped as part of the curation process in deciding where their work should go and how it should be displayed. This exhibition shows the benefits of encouraging students and young people in their creative career, providing opportunities for them to display their work and collaborate with an art institution. My personal research as an MA student focuses highly on Arts Education and celebrating the art of young people. Being able to see such important themes through the lenses of these young people is valuable, and we can all see parts of ourselves, our own identities and stories through their work. 

Student Megan McHugh said: For this project with The Open Eye Gallery, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. It has enabled me to engage creatively in the project by constantly experimenting and developing new skills. From this programme I was able to develop confidence and experience new opportunities and ideas which further helped me to develop my photography.’ 

We can all learn from those around us no matter what stage of life or career. This exhibition highlights that not only in the fact that the works are presented by students who are just starting off in their photography journey, but in the themes displayed. The places we go to and the people we interact with are what brings us all together in our experiences. Photography is just one way of being able to share them.

Anna Wijnhoven, the exhibition’s creative producer states: Working with the Whitby High students on their ‘People and Places’ project has been an amazing opportunity. Over the past few months, I have worked with the students to help them create thoughtful and insightful photography projects that reflect their personal stories as well as their local culture and heritage. Throughout the project, the students have learnt a range of visual literacy skills that will help them to become a part of a new generation of image makers, and I am excited and intrigued to see what the future holds for them all. 

Being able to see this stage of the students’ creative practice is exciting. As Anna says, it is something to look forward to, to see what the future holds for them. 

Image credit: Jasmin Davies

 

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