Events

ASSEMBLIES: OPEN EYE HUB

16 September 2022

VR: Visualising Pollution – Whitby High School

23 June - 28 June 2022

VR: “There is an I…” – UCEN, Manchester

2 July - 5 July 2022

Exhibitions

COMING SOON: Clickmoor on Climate

15 August - 4 September 2022

Exhibitions

COMING SOON: LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL @ WIGAN AND LEIGH

1 October 2022

Exhibitions

Make, Mend and Sustain – Digital Window Gallery

14 July - 4 September 2022

LOOK Events Events

LOOKBOOK CLUB: THE OVERSTORY BY RICHARD POWERS, Pages 1-28

25 September 2022

LOOK Events Events

Guided Walk: Bats of Sefton Park

1 September 2022

Exhibitions

A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot Town Centre

25 July 2022

Exhibitions

Reclaiming @ Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

13 August 2022

LOOK Events Events

GUIDED WALK: The Veteran Trees of Childwall Woods #2

27 August 2022

Past Events LOOK Events

Guided Walk: Bees of Sefton Park

31 July - 31 July 2022

LOOK Events Events

Guided Walk: A History of Sefton Park Landscape

21 August 2022

LOOK Events Events

GUIDED WALK: The Veteran Trees of Childwall Woods #1

6 August 2022

Exhibitions

WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE STUDENTS

14 July - 4 September 2022

COMING SOON: MIMESIS: A BEAT BEFORE THE RAPTURE @ NEW ADELPI ATRIUM

19 October - 16 November 2022

Exhibitions

COMING SOON: ARE YOU LIVING COMFORTABLY? @ NEW ADELPHI EXHIBITION GALLERY

10 October - 23 December 2022

Exhibitions

Before it Melts into Solid: Carmel College Students

14 July - 4 September 2022

LOOK Events Events

Journal Launch: Coast to Coast to Coast

13 August 2022

LOOK Events Events

Writing Workshop: Listening to the River Mersey with Maria Isakova-Bennett

13 August 2022

LOOK Events Events

ROOTING FOR THE FUTURE: Growing Culture, Community and Creativity

4 September 2022

COMING SOON: Let’s Grow Preston

23 July 2022

Exhibitions

DOT-ART ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS

14 July - 28 July 2022

Past Events

An evening with Guillemot Press Poets

22 July 2022

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

OPEN SOURCE #24 DARAGH DRAKE: ANAM CARA

14 July - 18 August 2022

Exhibitions

MWALULA – HELLEN SONGA @ LIVERPOOL GROWING SPACES

11 July - 4 September 2022

Past Events

LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Launch Party

14 July 2022

Past Events

Visual Studies X Open Eye Gallery Roundtable

14 July 2022

Exhibitions

LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2022: CLIMATE

15 July - 4 September 2022

Past Exhibitions

Make, Mend & Sustain @ Chester Charity Shops

8 July - 5 August 2022

LOOK Events Past Exhibitions

Before it Melts into Solid @ World of Glass, St. Helens

30 June - 26 July 2022

Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: “There is an I…” – UCEN, Manchester

2 July - 5 July 2022

Past Events LOOK Events

Our Planet, Our Future! A conversation on Sustainable Futures in St Helens

9 July - 9 July 2022

LOOK Events Exhibitions

Planting for the Planet @ RHS Garden Bridgewater

27 May - 27 August 2022

Past Events

Whose High Street is it? Unlocking Creative Futures in Our Own Town Centres

29 June 2022

Events

POETRY READING: 100 Years of The Waste Land

17 November - 17 November 2022

Events

National Poetry Day Celebration: The Environment

6 October 2022

Past Exhibitions

(Re)Production: Parenthood and the Art World

16 June - 3 July 2022

Past Events

In Conversation: Mindful Photo Project

2 July 2022

Past Exhibitions

Mindful Photo Project @ HMP Thorncross

9 June - 6 July 2022

Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 28 June 2022

Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Hugh Baird University Centre

18 June - 21 June 2022

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: Follow The River, Follow The Thread

1 April - 12 June 2022

Past Events

Sustainability – Climate Change and the impact from Industry

17 May 2022

Open Source Exhibitions

Open Source #22: Bags For Life – Luke Saxon

1 May - 31 May 2022

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: LOOK Climate Lab 2022

13 January - 20 March 2022

Past Events

An evening with Maytree Poets

28 April 2022

Past Events

Recovery in Focus & Inside Stories

14 May 2022

Past Events

Homo Humour film screening & Q&A

7 May 2022

Past Events

Painting the Mersey in 17 Canvases Coast to Coast to Coast

21 May 2022

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People

Núria Rovira Terradas
Assistant Creative Producer

Núria Rovira works in the behind the scenes of Open Eye Gallery’s public-facing programme, from and beyond our gallery space in Liverpool. As a creative producer, she mediates collaborations between artists, communities, students, and other partners to bring their work together into exhibitions and events.

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art from Lancaster University, she teamed up with a couple of art mates and co-founded The GAP Studio, an artist collective based in an empty shop a few steps away from Morecambe’s seaside. She worked from GAP for a year producing community-engaging projects and developing her own art practice through site-specific research in the landscapes of Morecambe Bay.

Núria is particularly interested in themes of ecology, tracing the hidden stories that connect us to place, materials and non-humans. She investigates this across video, installation, and sculpture from her Liverpool studio at CBS Gallery.

 

nuria@openeye.org.uk

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Anna Wijnhoven
Assistant Creative Producer

Anna is a recent graduate of UCEN and is about to begin her Masters in Socially Engaged Photography at the University of Salford.

As an assistant creative producer for Open Eye Gallery, Anna delivers the schools and Young People’s programme, in which she supports the development and delivery of critically engaged artistic programmes across the Liverpool city region, Chester, Leigh and Wigan.

 

anna@openeye.org.uk

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Bronwyn Andrews
ASSISTANT CREATIVE PRODUCER

Bronwyn Andrews is an Assistant Creative Producer for Open Eye Gallery. They play a key role in the delivery, production, and development of the critically engaged artistic programmes at Open Eye.

Bronwyn graduated photography IADT Dublin in 2019 and is from Co. Louth, Ireland. Post graduating and pre Open Eye, they became the first employee of PhotoIreland, an organisation which  has become a key constituent of the Visual Arts in Ireland over the last decade.

They are interested in examining Ireland’s Ireland’s Pre Catholic ancient imagery, heritage and national memory with a focus on the queer experience.

 

bronwyn@openeye.org.uk

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Sarah Fisher
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah has over 30 yrs experience in the arts. Currently Executive Director of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Co-Chair of Culture Forum North and on the advisory board of Hardman House. Previous history includes leading the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, and Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council NW, amongst other roles. Sarah began her career as a London-based practicing artist, lecturing at the Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Sarah has a B.A. Fine Art (Winchester School of Art) and an M.A. Fine Art (Royal College of Art).

sarah@openeye.org.uk

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Mariama Attah
HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS

Mariama Attah is a photography curator and editor with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, using photography and visual culture to amplify under and misrepresented voices.

Mariama was previously assistant editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was curator of Photoworks, where was responsible for developing and curating progammes and events, including Brighton Photo Bienial. She was also commissioning and managing editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.

 

mariama@openeye.org.uk

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Natalie Meer
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Initially becoming part of the team through the gallery’s volunteer scheme, Natalie later moved into the role of Operations Manager. She manages the financial and operational aspects of the organisation, including Governance, Human Resources, the Volunteer & Placement Scheme, and Building & Office Facilities.

natalie@openeye.org.uk

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Sorcha Boyle
RESPONSIVE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Sorcha coordinates the responsive programme at Open Eye Gallery – events and exhibitions responding to requests from artists, communities and other partners. Similarly she develops our independent bookshop and front-of-house space in collaboration with a range of creatives and contributors.

Since graduating with a degree in Photography from Manchester School of Art, one of her main focuses has been on audience participation and widening social engagement with the arts: from producing an exhibition review series with the public to facilitating female-led arts projects.

In her free time, Sorcha is an exhibiting artist working in lens based media, with an increasing focus on community engagement.

sorcha@openeye.org.uk

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Liz Wewiora
Head of Social Practice

Liz Wewiora is a visual artist and curator, specialising in socially engaged practice. Her background is in photography, graduating from Glasgow School of Art with a Fine Art Photography Degree and more recently a Masters by Research degree titled ‘locating the potential of photography as a socially engaged practice’ at Manchester School of Art. She has worked independently and across organisation roles in the North West and Glasgow, including FACT, CCA Glasgow, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

Liz is the Head of Social Practice for Open Eye Gallery, leading on our socially engaged programme working with and for communities and cross-sector partners across the city region. She also manages the national network for socially engaged photography (SEPN). Across both her curatorial and practitioner role, she seeks to instigate and produce collaborative photography projects that push for social change.

 

liz@openeye.org.uk

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Andy Yates
CREATIVE PRODUCER

As creative producer for Open Eye Gallery Andy delivers the Schools & Young persons programme, whilst continuing in his own photographic practice. He is currently undertaking a Masters degree in socially engaged photography at the University of Salford.

As part of his role he is developing OEG’s specialist work with children and young people across the city region including with School groups across Wirral, Cheshire and Chester West and young people across Sefton.

andy@openeye.org.uk

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Declan Connolly
Programme Assistant

Declan Connolly manages the digital and promotional space at Open Eye Gallery. Beginning as a volunteer in 2016, after graduating from Newport University some months before, he now produces 12 month-long exhibitions a year as part of Open Source and designs short-run shows for the Digital Window Gallery. Declan also works on LOOK Photo Biennial and runs workshops and portfolio reviews for early career practitioners. In his spare time, Declan is an exhibiting photographer and sculptor based in Liverpool.

declan@openeye.org.uk

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Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer
Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer

reception@openeye.org.uk

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Volunteers

Volunteers are an important and valued part of Open Eye Gallery. Without volunteers the gallery would not be able to offer high quality exhibitions and events to the public for free.

Find out more about volunteering, HERE.

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Board Members

Lindsey Fryer – Chair Of The Board

Head of Interpretation & Education at Tate Liverpool

Lindsey trained in art history and literature and has 30 years experience in leading and delivering learning programmes, firstly at Arnolfini, Bristol and then from 1999 at Tate Liverpool. Lindsey has been part of the year long committee chaired by Sir Ken Robinson reporting to the government on creative and cultural education, writing the Creative Partnerships chapter of the All Our Futures report; Vice Chair of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education; Board member of the Bluecoat.  At Tate Liverpool Lindsey is a member of the senior management team and the Programme group that delivers exhibition, learning, interpretation and audience development programmes in the gallery and in the community. Lindsey is part of the LARC Executive group and the LARC Learning and Participation group leading on the recent young peoples festival FLUX Liverpool and part of the group working closely with the Liverpool Learning Partnership and Curious Minds.

Lucy Barrow

Assistant Director: Strategic Delivery
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Peter Mearns

Independent Marketing & Communications Advisor

Peter was born in Dorking, Surrey, is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and started his career with BBC Manchester. He has worked in a number of high profile marketing and communications roles for The University of Manchester, Manchester & Birmingham City Councils, Herefordshire & Worcestershire TEC, Chamber of Commerce & Business Link. Between 1999-2010 he was an Executive Director at the Northwest Development Agency with responsibility for Marketing & Communications.

He is an independent Marketing & Communications Advisor specialising in arts, tourism & business development, media and brand management, public affairs and major events. Peter is also an exhibiting artist/photographer.

His non-executive positions are: Chair – Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art; Vice Chair – Chester Performs; Committee Member – Tate Liverpool; Trustee – Liverpool Biennial, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT), Open Eye Gallery and the Ariel Trust, Liverpool.

Alice Parsons

Creative Producer- National Science and Media Museum

Alice was born and raised in Liverpool and now lives and works in Bradford as the Creative Producer at the National Science and Media Museum. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from King’s College London in 2015 and was a participant in the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries initiative working as Higher Education Coordinator at Opera North for the 12 month duration of the bursaries programme. Following this she took up the post of Higher Education Manager, overseeing Opera North’s strategic university partnerships as well as leading on production of several projects such as the DARE Art Prize and Leeds Creative Labs, she was also a coordinating member of Culture Forum North, a consortium of cultural and higher education institutions.

In her role as Creative Producer at the National Science and Media Museum Alice is part of the Exhibitions team who deliver a year round programme of exhibitions across a number of galleries. In Alice’s role she develops and delivers creative projects, involving innovative science and new technology, including installations and live events including co-productions, artist commissions and experimental exhibitions. She is a keen advocate for arts and culture and is interested in the role local museums and galleries play in the lives of their communities and in widening access to careers in the cultural sector.

Matthew Smith

Strategic Marketing Consultant

Matt has over 20 years’ experience of developing and delivering research informed marketing strategies, primarily in the Higher Education sector.

As Director of Marketing at the University of Liverpool he led teams working across digital, student recruitment, research, and corporate communications; market insight; data science; customer relationship management; portfolio and fee advice; enquiries and distribution services.

In addition, up until its dissolution in 2015, Matt worked as a founder member of the audio-visual arts group – The HIVE Collective. Over the twelve years it ran, HIVE delivered innovative and exciting one-off events, club nights, interventions, festivals and performances in collaboration with the likes of the Turner Prize, Liverpool Culture Company, Levis, FACT, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FutureEverything, Abandon Normal Devices, the Kazimier organisation and more.

In his current work as a strategic marketing consultant, he combines creative and strategic thinking with an implementer’s understanding of the range of opportunities integrated communications can offer.

Sol Papadopoulos

Film Producer

A photographer turned award-winning filmmaker and founder of international film production company Hurricane Films. As director his awards include six Royal Television Awards, a US Cine Golden Eagle and with two BAFTA nominations, Sol’s love for a good tale has taken him down the dual paths of factual and fiction storytelling for both small and big screen.

As producer/director Sol has originated, written and shot documentary films and series for broadcasters, both nationally & internationally. Originally a stills photographer who picked up a film camera after a short course at the national Film School in Beaconsfield, England; his work to date has included the acclaimed historical series for WNET/PBS, WARSHIP and WARPLANE. As a self-shooter he includes his observational documentary, DOCKERS, for the UK’s Channel Four was one of his six RTS winners. Moving into producing feature films in 2008 Sol has produced seven films including three Terence Davies directed features – all critically acclaimed, premieres were Cannes (2008), Toronto (2015) and Berlin (2016); In May 2017 his film A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN, also premiered at Cannes. Sol attends all the major international film markets to develop and finance Hurricane Films’ slate of projects.

Great stories, whether fact or fiction, drives his passion for storytelling.

Gary Bratchford

Senior Lecturer / Practitioner

Gary Bratchford runs photography projects, writes, and teaches Photography at the University of Central Lancashire (UcLan), where he is a Senior Lecturer. He’s also the President of the International Sociological Associations’ Visual Sociology Research Group and co-editor of Visual Studies journal.

Gary’s teaching and research focus around notions of power, politics, visibility and space. Gary’s photographic practice centres on collaborative and participatory visual practices, including socially engaged, process-based community projects.

Christiane Todd

Solicitor

Christiane specialises in commercial and procurement law and has worked in both private practice and in-house. Christiane works for a global organisation and is legal counsel for procurement contracts in 41 countries. The organisation also has a substantial Arts and Culture programme to which Christiane provides legal support and guidance in addition to her regular work.

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NÚRIA
ROVIRA
TERRADAS
Assistant Creative Producer
ANNA
WIJNHOVEN
ASSISTANT CREATIVE PRODUCER
BRONWYN
ANDREWS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sarah
Fisher
HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS
MARIAMA
ATTAH
OPERATIONS MANAGER
NATALIE
MEER
RESPONSIVE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
SORCHA
BOYLE
Head of Social Practice
Liz
Wewiora
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Andy
Yates
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Declan Connolly
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