Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

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

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

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

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 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

Past 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

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Yan Tong — My time with Open Eye Gallery

It’s the last day of my internship, and I’m walking to work on the same road as usual. I get a feeling that all the things around me are getting slow. For me, working with Open Eye Gallery encourages me to observe. I try to observe the people, objects and environments around me, and record them through camera, pen or keyboard.

 

I started to this internship at the beginning of October this year, while Open Eye Gallery was preparing for LOOK Photo Biennial 2019. As maybe the only Mandarin speaker at the gallery, at first I did some translation work and that was the start of my understanding of LOOK and its central exhibition, Peer to Peer. These brilliant photographers really help me broaden my horizon in a new field. Open Eye Gallery is a culturally inclusive place and I’m so delighted  to work with my mother tongue and culture — to use my cultural background to connect Open Eye with a wider audience.

 

I wrote a blog about Peer to Peer. It focused on two series from the exhibition that touched me the most. They are ‘Towards Evening’ from Chen Zhe and ‘Red Lights Go Grey’ from Wu Yue. Homesickness is something that almost every person studying abroad will feel from time to time. Wu Yue and Chen Zhe focus on family, and describe Chinese people’s attitude towards family and home. For the younger generation studying abroad, family is an extremely important part in our lives. No matter how long we stay abroad, we still desire to go back home. ‘Towards Evening’ express this through the image of twilight. 

 

For ‘Red Lights Go Grey’, I have a different understanding. It is also a process of change from generation to generation. Parents will finally become old and we will grow up to take care of them. This may be more in line with Chinese attitudes towards family relationships. These works have really comforted me during my study time.

 

During LOOK Biennial, I attended a panel discussion held by Open Eye Gallery at Tate Liverpool. The discussion focused on women working outside with the creative industries. Some of them are not working on art at the very beginning, but all of them have really special and helpful perspectives. I understand it is not easy to work with creative industry through their stories. This experience of working in Open Eye Gallery also help me plan my future career.

 

It is nice to work with Open Eye Gallery. Everyone’s so friendly and they are willing to help me. With their help, I think I make progress. I do gain some useful skills in writing and designing. In order to keep a balance between the internship with my life and study, I try to do time management and that really help me deal with those busy time. I appreciate the working experience in Open Eye Gallery.

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