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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LOOK Climate Biennial. Image by Rob Battersby
Image by Rob Battersby. Watch Factory

We are shortlisted!

Open Eye Gallery is working with a growing number of (over 60) communities, researchers, creatives and agencies locally, nationally and internationally to champion the agency people have in addressing the climate crisis and social justice. We are very proud to have recognition of all the work we do together with our partners!

 

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance Awards

Open Eye Gallery was shortlisted for the #CHWAAwards2022 Climate Award for the LOOK Climate Labs – LOOK Photo Biennial. Here’s what the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance said about the shortlist: Each application told its own story of how creativity, imagination and kindness can be radical. Each showed a different way to rise to meet the interconnected crisis we face. Together, they amplified the collective strength of the creative health movement – powered by people, committed to making change and better conditions for people, place and planet to thrive. The judges mentioned that LOOK Climate Labs and LOOK Photo Biennial build connections with a wide range of community partners from across the region and the world, drive collective action and creativity, and draw attention to well-being and system thinking.

From January to March 2022 our gallery spaces became everchanging LOOK Climate Labs featuring diverse projects: from Kenyian Rainforest to Scouse Flowerhouse; from WaterAid to Liverpool Network of Growers; from Energy House (EU retrofitting housing lab) to Climate Café, to name a few. The public actively engaged, from an up-cycling clothing workshop to cycling with Peleton group, to walks with B4Bio-diversity, to contributing to international research (designing environments, visualising air pollution, mapping industrial history sharing fossil fuel memories). LOOK Climate Lab developed into LOOK Photo Biennial – Climate which from July 2022 to Feb 2023, is showcasing work co-created with photographers, community and agency partners, in exhibitions which share insights across 8 locations in the North West of England.

 

3 Sector Care Awards

Held annually by leading care-sector publication, Care Management Matters, the awards recognise the hard work, dedication, innovation and excellence of everyone working in the not-for-profit sector, making a positive difference to people’s lives. 

Photography Club at the Watch Factory in Prescot, created and delivered by Open Eye Gallery together with Community Integrated Care, was recognised for the Creative Arts Award. Artists Sam Batley and Marge Bradshaw worked as photographers in residence with local residents from the Watch Factory for 9 months throughout 2022. The artists and residents looked into the area’s past, their personal connections to it and also their role as ‘watch factory custodians’ of the space today, all through experimenting with different photographic styles and techniques including creative writing, film and digital photography, and mixed media collage. By sharing stories and leading the process, the group asserted their identity, made new social connections and gained photography skills, resulting in a sense of community.

 

Arts & Creativity Community Impact Award

The community impact awards recognise inspiring people, organisations and groups who have used arts and creative methods to have a positive impact on their community. Shortlisted organisations carry out work that is sustainable and driven by social purpose, and have a collaborative approach which means that a company has worked with people from different backgrounds to have a positive impact on society.

Since its first days OEG’s work has been a mix of art and activism. Alongside its exhibitions programme the gallery has been publishing magazines, running workshops, organising community projects, and being one of Liverpool City Region’s creative and social hubs. Only 40% of what we do is actually in the gallery. 60% is our community projects in the Liverpool City Region. We believe strongly that when we bring together the expertise of a photographer and the experience of the community we can push for social change.

We’re taking a lead on socially engaged photography nationally, which means projects where photographers and communities come together to co-author visual representations of the world around us. The process behind this work is as important as the final photographic product, and reflects multiple voices about a particular social, political, economical or environmental issue. We deliver these community projects together with the partner organisations for vulnerable groups in the areas where they don’t always have access to art galleries and creative workshops.

We believe that photography is a powerful way of bringing different communities into conversation together, and we will continue to facilitate these conversations.

 

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