Coming soon: Bonds / Ripples

29 May - 9 June 2024

Events

European Poetry Festival : Liverpool Camarade

6 July 2024

Events

Webinar: Socially Engaged Photography

22 May 2024

Exhibitions

JOURNEY TO EDEN @ DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY

6 May - 12 May 2024

Past Events

MARRIAGE (IN)EQUALITY IN UKRAINE. Screening and a panel discussion

9 May 2024

Past Events

Casey Orr artist talk and SEPN North West meet-up

18 May 2024

Past 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 - 19 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 - 31 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

Past 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

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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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Max Gorbatskyi
CURATOR

Max is a curator from Ukraine who is particularly interested in exploring photography’s unique ability to simultaneously reflect and form visual culture and be a powerful but accessible medium that operates both in and beyond the realm of art. Max was previously a curator at Ukraine’s flagship cultural institution Mystetskyi Arsenal, where he focused on developing photography programmes and exhibitions. He worked extensively with archival and contemporary photography. Hi is a co-founder of the Ukrainian. Photographies platform.

 

max@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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Sophie Mahon
Head of Social Practice

Sophie Mahon is a socially engaged artist and producer. Their interdisciplinary practice combines film, sculpture and digital experimentation to create installations, artworks and events.
Sophie has worked across the UK and internationally with a wide range of organisations and communities as an artist, arts educator and creative producer. Sophie’s work addresses a range of social, political and environmental issues. Ideas are explored and developed through action research and working closely and collaboratively with communities.

Sophie is passionate about socially engaged practice and seeks to create work that brings people together, instigates conversations and pushes for social change.

Sophie is the Head of Social Practice for Open Eye Gallery, leading on our socially engaged programmes and creative residencies, working with and for communities and building cross-sector partnerships across the city region.

 

sophie@openeye.org.uk

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Patricia Grant Hanlon
Socially Engaged Practice Assistant

I graduated from Hugh Baird University Centre in summer 2023, where I studied for my BA in photography & digital imaging. My photographic practice started out mainly being documentary focused.

Through my work I have grown a strong interest in socially engaged practice. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work as assistant alongside Lucy Hunter & Sarah Weights on the Socially engaged residency in the County Road/Walton district. I am passionate about working with people and being part of something that can bring shared experiences and people together. I love how photography can be a tool for dialogue and can enable people to explore their life experiences in different ways.

 

tricia@openeye.org.uk

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Maria Gulina
Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer

Maria Gulina is a journalist, editor and photographer. She previously worked as an editor in independent media in Belarus, where she worked with topics of culture, sustainable tourism, and creative urban projects. She also worked in environmental NGOs, collaborating on the projects that promote nature protection, biodiversity, and citizen participation in decision making. She has her short stories and essays published, and her photos and collages were part of several exhibitions in Belarus, Czech Republic and online.

She did MA in Media and Cultural Studies in Lancaster University, with a dissertation on contemporary art strategies in working with the topic of climate crisis, and after that did an internship with Lancaster Arts as curator assistant and creative producer assistant.

Maria is interested in the intersections of art, environment and participatory culture.

At Open Eye Gallery Maria is responsible for spreading the word about all the ongoing projects and exhibitions. 

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Natalie Meer
Operations Manager - Job Share

 

natalie@openeye.org.uk

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Alex Sheen
CREATIVE PRODUCER AND OPERATIONS MANAGER - Job Share

As Creative Producer, Alex is responsible for coordinating Open Eye’s touring exhibition of Home.Perspectives and supporting the team with programme delivery. In her job share role as Operations Manager, she leads on governance and environmental responsibility for the gallery. She is enthusiastic about increasing opportunities and accessibility across the arts and coordinates our volunteer scheme.

Alex completed an MA in Art History and Curating in 2020, specialising in 1930s Surrealist photography by women artists. In her spare time, she enjoys lino-printing and drawing.

alex@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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Jim Forshaw
Finance Manager

Jim has two companies – one provides freelance accountancy support to small businesses and charities, and one supplies and fits soft flooring solutions to commercial and domestic properties.
Jim enjoys golf, walking and watching Everton FC, so of course his colour is electric blue!
jim@openeye.org.uk
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Lilly Jankaus
Programme Assistant

Lilly, a Programme Assistant at the Open Eye Gallery, mainly focuses on the touring HOME exhibition across the UK. Her role also involves supporting daily gallery operations and engaging broader audiences through various communication channels.

As a visual artist, Lilly explores diverse mediums, particularly emphasising on the visual and digital possibilities. Her background in science and technology has shaped her worldview, leading her to transition from aspirations of being part of physics and programming world to visual arts. Her overarching goal is to reach and inspire individuals who never had access to the art world.

 

lilly@openeye.org.uk

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Declan Connolly
Talent and Design Coordinator

Declan Connolly looks after the digital, design and promotional spaces at Open Eye Gallery, producing digital exhibitions, managing submissions and designing wider exhibitions and visuals throughout the programme with a focus on early career practitioners. In his spare time, Declan is an exhibiting photographer and graphic designer based in Liverpool.

declan@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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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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Susannah Fletcher
Audience and Gallery Supervisor

susannah@openeye.org.uk

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Annie O’Neill
Creative Producer - Wigan Hub

Annie has worked in the arts sector for over 25 years, with previous roles including Arts Officer for Bolton and Stockport Councils and Public Programmes Co-ordinator at National Museums Liverpool. For 18 years she was Arts & Heritage Manager at Oldham Council, managing Gallery Oldham & Archives, Oldham Theatre Workshop and community programmes. Annie took early retirement from this role at the end of December 2020 and has been volunteering on environmental/community projects in Blackburn and developing her printmaking practice.

Annie is a Clore Fellow and has a B.A in Medieval & Modern History (UCL), Art Gallery & Museums Diploma (University of Manchester) and M.A Photography (University of Bolton)

 

annie@openeye.org.uk

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Anoosh Ariamehr
Socially Engaged Photographer Mentee

Anoosh is undertaking a menteeship at Open Eye Gallery, learning to become a Socially Engaged Photographer. He started as a volunteer in early 2023.

 

Anoosh@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

Lindsey is a champion of collaboration and socially engaged arts practice and brings this to Open Eye Gallery supporting programmes with artists working within local communities, across countries and continents in arts, education, health, youth sectors, and the justice system.

Formerly Head of Learning at Tate Liverpool Lindsey brings experience of working with artists and people on different forms of collaborative and socially engaged arts practice, exhibition making and commissioning. Lindsey established Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool inviting artists and cross sector partners to research, create and exhibit projects on their own terms within the gallery.

Making socially engaged practice public and visible is crucial in the mix for Open Eye Gallery’s programme. Lindsey brings a range of experience in support, having worked with artists, young people, communities and creative partners to include socially engaged practice in Tate’s exhibition programme by commissioning Ferocious Love with Mikhail Karikis; O.K. The Musical with Christopher Kline; Illuminating the Wilderness with Project Artworks; Art Gym with Tate Collective; Utupya with Opavivara.

Lindsey is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Gallery Education from engage and the Marsh Trust Charitable Trust.

Peter Mearns

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.

Sol Papadopoulos

Twice BAFTA nominated – Hurricane Films’ 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 as one of his six Royal Television Society award winners.

Moving into producing feature films in 2008 with director Terence Davies’ OF TIME & THE CITY. A further two Terence Davies directed features followed – all critically acclaimed, premieres were Cannes (2008) OF TIME & THE CITY, SUNSET SONG in Toronto (2015) and A QUIET PASSION in Berlin (2016); In May 2017 his film A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN, also premiered at Cannes. More recently he has produced Bill Nighy starrer SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER (2019) and Tim Spall/Phyllis Logan starrer THE LAST BUS (2021). Sol attends all the major international film markets to develop and finance Hurricane Films’ slate of projects.

Sol is a member of Directors UK & BAFTA.

Gary Bratchford

Gary Bratchford is a Reader in photography at Birmingham City University.

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.

Lilian Otaye-Ebede (PHD)

Professor Lilian Otaye-Ebede (PhD) is a Professor in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour with the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, holding a PhD in Management from Aston University. She has over 13 years’ experience in higher education, having held previous academic positions at Aston, Lancaster, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool John Moores Universities. Her research interests are in the areas of diversity management (race/ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity), strategic Human Resource Management (HRM), work/life interface and employee well-being. Lilian is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy, an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and serves on various journal editorial boards. Lilian advises the OEG board on HR and Race equality matters.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sarah
Fisher
CURATOR
MAX
GORBATSKYI
Head of Social Practice
Liz
Wewiora
Head of Social Practice
Sophie
Mahon
Socially Engaged Practice Assistant
Patricia
Grant
Hanlon
Digital Marketing, Communications and Content Producer
Maria
Gulina
Operations Manager - Job Share
Natalie
Meer
CREATIVE PRODUCER AND OPERATIONS MANAGER - Job Share
ALEX
SHEEN
RESPONSIVE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
SORCHA
BOYLE
Finance Manager
JIM
FORSHAW
Programme Assistant
Lilly
Jankaus
Talent and Design Coordinator
Declan Connolly
ASSISTANT CREATIVE PRODUCER
BRONWYN
ANDREWS
Assistant Creative Producer
ANNA
WIJNHOVEN
Audience and Gallery Supervisor
SUSANNAH
FLETCHER
Creative Producer - Wigan Hub
Annie
O'Neill
Socially Engaged Photographer Mentee
Anoosh
Ariamehr
Volunteers
BOARD
MEMBERS

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