Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 April - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021


Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021


First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021


First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021


First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021


Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021


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


11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

Family Page

23 February 2021

About Alternative Lens

23 February 2021


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


12 February 2021



1 January - 30 April 2021



11 February - 31 March 2021



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

HYPERTEXT: Yasmine Akim ‘Decolonise art schools & showcase the agency of marginalised people’

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jason Evans – Sound & Vision

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: ROOT-ed Zine – Our Experience of Navigating through Arts and Media as People of Colour

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Present and Continuous Q&A with Liz Wewiora and the Many Hands Craft Collective

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Rose Nordin of OOMK in conversation with Kerol Izwan of Musotrees

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Jade Montserrat in conversation with Nikita Gill

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Sam Hutchinson in conversation with Aram Sabbah of Skatepal

28 November 2020

Get Involved: The Story of Liverpool Through Its Trees

24 November 2020

Past Events

Home Turf: Fans, Foodbanks and Photography

17 December 2020

Past Events

Scottie Press: Digital Residency

7 December - 11 December 2020

Past Events

Tell It Like It Is: Ian Clegg and Laura Robertson in Conversation

20 November 2020


VR: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2020

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Peer to Peer HK/UK — Lee Wing Ki: Night Walk (an excerpt)

16 November - 30 November 2020

Past Exhibitions

Peer to Peer: UK / HK

11 November 2020

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Watch: Liverpool Slavery Virtual Tour

27 October 2020

A Message From Open Eye Gallery: Covid-19 Update

2 November 2020


VR — The New West

30 October 2020

Past Exhibitions


30 October - 15 November 2020

Past Exhibitions


28 October - 11 November 2020

Past Events Past Exhibitions

Love Is An Action: Black History Panel

29 October 2020

Projects Past Exhibitions

VR — The Time We Call Our Own

3 September 2020

Past Exhibitions

Exhibition: L— A City Through Its People

5 November - 7 March 2021


Harold Offeh — When Was The Time I Could Call My Own?

15 October 2020


Mirjam Wirz — Sonidero City

8 October 2020


Open Rooms #9 Access to Art: Who is art for? (w/ Mike Pinnington and Larry Achiampong)

13 October 2020



7 October 2020



Sarah Fisher

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).



Mariama Attah

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.




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.



Natalie Meer

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.



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.



Sorcha Boyle

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.



Andy Yates

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.



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.





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.


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


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


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.

Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer
Programme Assistant
Declan Connolly
Head of Social Practice

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