Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere In-between

10 November - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Make It Snappy

1 December - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

My Message to You

1 December - 17 December 2021

Events

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: MY MESSAGE TO YOU

3 December 2021

Events

Open Rooms #19: Moral Turpitude

9 December 2021

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

OPEN SOURCE 019: DREW FINDLAY

3 November - 30 November 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #18: FireHawks

18 November 2021

Exhibitions

VR: Whose Land Is It?

8 July 2021

Projects

Mccoy Wynne to exhibit at COP26 Universities’ Innovation Showcase

18 October 2021

Past Events

Collective Matters: Meet and Greet

22 October 2021

Past Events

Holding Time: Launch Event

19 November 2021

Past Events

The Mutual Respect Manifesto by Glow Creative Learning

25 October 2021

Events

Joseph Lee: Mindful Photo Workshop

11 December 2021

Events

Who’s Left Behind? Part 2: Tadhg Devlin, staff from Community Integrated Care, and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in association with Liverpool SURF group

25 November 2021

Events

Who’s Left Behind? Part 1: Liverpool Cares and MA SEP graduate Vilija Skubute

24 November 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms # 17: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere in between

11 November 2021

Past Events

One Day at a Time Boys: Introductory talk and workshop

6 November 2021

Exhibitions

DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: CROSSING SECTORS

30 September - 7 November 2021

Exhibitions

Just Between Friends: Runcorn Public Realm

30 September - 12 December 2021

Past Events

LATE NIGHT OPENING: COLLECTIVE MATTERS

15 October 2021

Past Events

Holding the Baby: Banner making workshop

16 October 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 October - 6 November 2021

Main Exhibition

Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

Exhibitions

Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

Projects

PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

Exhibitions

Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

Past Events LOOK Events

Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

Past Events

PLATFORM: Issue 4 Launch Party

10 September 2021

Past Events

Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

Past Events

Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

9 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

Past 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

Past Exhibitions

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

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People

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
CURATOR

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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Leo Shire
Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer

Leo Shire is the marketing and communications lead for Open Eye Gallery, and has a background in digital engagement within the arts sector. She previously worked as the Digital Editor of Wasafiri, and was the inaugural Arts & Culture Editor of gal-dem. In her personal work, Leo has a particular interest in documenting stories of the African diaspora in the digital age, through film, art, audio and fiction. She is a writer of critical essays and creative fiction under the pen name Varaidzo.

leo@openeye.org.uk

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Natalie Meer
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Initially becoming part of the team through the gallery’s volunteer scheme, Natalie later moved into the role of Operations Co-ordinator. 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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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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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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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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Emma Case
Social Practice Producer (Maternity Cover)

Emma Case is a visual artist and creative producer collaboratively working with communities, focusing on themes around nostalgia, archives and the everyday. She is passionate about people, listening to their stories, encouraging creativity, but mainly, it’s about creating experiences for people – whether that’s the experience of being photographed, seeing a photograph they’ve taken be exhibited.. or simply feeling a valued part of a project.

Emma founded The RED Archive, a community project collecting and sharing Liverpool fans’ personal photos and stories. RED shares the archive through exhibitions, publications and reminiscence workshops. She is currently renovating vintage caravan as a mobile exhibition hub which will tour Liverpool and beyond.

She is currently Artist in Residence at Open Eye Gallery working with Clickmoor, a gorgeous photography group based in North Liverpool. Emma is also Social Practice Producer, supporting Open Eye’s socially engaged programme, working with communities and partners across Liverpool and the City region.

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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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Sam Batley
Programme Assistant

Sam Batley is a self taught artist drawing on inspiration from his past and where he has arrived in the present. Exploring it through a mixture of mediums and socially engaged practice. His work is characterised by self inquisition and honesty. An extension of building on the belief that given the chance we all have the ability to express ourselves. Embracing recovery values within a creative setting.

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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.

Jacqueline Butler

Head of School of Art and Design at UWE.

Jacqueline Butler is a Scottish artist working with photography, digital video, the artist book, and writing, she has a particular fascination with archives and collections (both public and private). Her interests are in exploring visual narrative and contemplating on the material qualities of photography in both analogue and digital forms.

Currently undertaking a PhD at Glasgow School of Art, her research considers what constitutes photography in the 21st Century, combining pre-photography principles  with traditional and new print technologies. Jacqueline’s arts practice evaluates the tangibility of the contemporary photograph and explores themes associated with analogue photography, of loss and melancholia. She exhibits her work internationally and regularly presents arts performances at international conferences and arts events.

She is a coordinator of a national artists group FTN (Family Ties Network), and founding member of MCollective (artist book co-operative) Jacqueline has worked as an academic in the HE sector for over 25 years and served on the Executive Board of APHE as Vice-Chair and as Honorary Secretary. She has also been a Principal Lecturer in Photography and Director of Studies, in the Department of Media at Manchester School of Art, MMU.

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.

Prof Caroline Wilkinson

Director of Liverpool School of Art & Design

Caroline took up the post of Director of the School of Art & Design in October 2014. She has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification.

Caroline is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where she also led the Unit of Art in Medicine 2000-2005 and received a NESTA fellowship to develop a 3D computerised facial reconstruction system for use in forensic and archaeological depiction. She moved to LJMU from the University of Dundee, where she was Head of Human Identification in the award-winning Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification. Her high profile facial depiction work includes facial depictions of Richard III, St Nicolas, J.S. Bach, Rameses II and Mary, Queen of Scots. Caroline Wilkinson is Director of the Face Lab, a LJMU research group based in Liverpool Science Park.

Caroline Wilkinson has collaborated frequently with museums and the media, especially relating to craniofacial depiction of people from the past. She has worked with the National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Ireland, Museum of London, Egyptian Museum of Cairo, Theban Mapping Project, FBI Academy, Interpol, Moesgaard Museum, Manchester Museum and the Fraunhofer Institute. She has current research collaborations with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, DSTL, Chonnam National University and the Richard III Society.

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.

Tony Cearns

Treasurer

Tony began his career with the professional services firm, Deloitte, in London where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. At Deloitte he specialised in the audits of complex multi-jurisdictional business groups and in advising company boards on reputational risk management and anti-fraud measures.

After leaving Deloitte he was appointed Group Finance Director of Sims Food Group, an ailing stock-exchange quoted company, where he was responsible for its financial re-structuring, turn-around and subsequent sale. Tony then moved to Liverpool’s Littlewoods Group (now Shop Direct) where he took responsibility for Risk, Corporate Governance and Security during a period of huge change, helping to merge two big businesses and migrate the business model from a catalogue/stores model to an on-line digital one.

Tony has a BSc. in Molecular Biology, an M.Sc. in the History and Philosophy of Science, an Open University Certificate in Mathematics and he recently completed an MA.in Philosophy at Liverpool University.

Tony runs his own consultancy business specialising in financial services regulation.  He is a keen film photographer and prints photographs using traditional darkroom techniques.

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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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sarah
Fisher
CURATOR
MARIAMA
ATTAH
Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer
Leo
Shire
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
NATALIE
MEER
Programme Assistant
Declan Connolly
RESPONSIVE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
SORCHA
BOYLE
CREATIVE PRODUCER
Andy
Yates
Social Practice Producer (Maternity Cover)
Emma Case
Head of Social Practice
Liz
Wewiora
Programme Assistant
Sam Batley
Volunteers
BOARD
MEMBERS

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