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

10 November - 12 December 2021

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Make It Snappy

1 December - 12 December 2021

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My Message to You

1 December - 17 December 2021

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EXHIBITION LAUNCH: MY MESSAGE TO YOU

3 December 2021

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Open Rooms #19: Moral Turpitude

9 December 2021

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OPEN SOURCE 019: DREW FINDLAY

3 November - 30 November 2021

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Open Rooms #18: FireHawks

18 November 2021

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VR: Whose Land Is It?

8 July 2021

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Mccoy Wynne to exhibit at COP26 Universities’ Innovation Showcase

18 October 2021

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Collective Matters: Meet and Greet

22 October 2021

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Holding Time: Launch Event

19 November 2021

Past Events

The Mutual Respect Manifesto by Glow Creative Learning

25 October 2021

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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

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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

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: CROSSING SECTORS

30 September - 7 November 2021

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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

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Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 October - 6 November 2021

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Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

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Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

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Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

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PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

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Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

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Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

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Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

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Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

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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

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Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

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VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

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Return To Nature

30 July 2021

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VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

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We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival — Jessica El Mal: Grounds For Concern

16 July - 15 August 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

Past Exhibitions

Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

16 June - 20 June 2021

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First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

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Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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9 June - 13 June 2021

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Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 May - 6 June 2021

OPEN WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY, 11 – 4. SEE DISTANCING GUIDELINES HERE

Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port draws on non-Western ways of thinking to explore notions of the body, challenging an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The Stomach and the Port develops through three entry points – stomach, porosity and kin. The stomach is viewed as a primary organ engaging with the world. Porosity is embraced as a way of responding to borders or the strict contours of the skin. The notion of kin is revisited as a social tissue that prepares us for abundant futures. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

The Port of Liverpool is at the heart of this Biennial. The transatlantic movement of enslaved people haunts the city’s past while the repercussions of these experiences are still felt across the world today. This trade in commodified human beings and goods, such as sugar and cotton, was part of a global project of modernity dependent upon exploitation. The two artists showcased in our gallery, Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle, both engage with these long histories, showing us how different forms of the past exist in our present moment.

Zineb Sedira

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Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration, the triangular trade routes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the continued trade of sugar across the Atlantic for mass consumption. Sedira’s photographic prints depict sugar extracted from different parts of the world housed in a modern warehouse in the French port city of Marseille. The mountainous piles of sugar present a landscape of extraction where multiple geographies convene and merge with one another; the warehouse becoming an in-between space of encounter before the sugar is processed for consumption. Juxtaposed with two sculptures of an anchor and propeller made from cane sugar found in the French silo, the works act as a metaphor for migration and diaspora.

Commissioned by Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture and The Port of Marseille.

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), also reflects upon these oceanic routes and worldview, hinging on memory, labour and the afterlives of colonialism in our contemporary world. The film is based on Barbadian poet and historian Kamau Brathwaite’s (1930–2020) idea of tidalectics, a way of thinking about the world and identity that draws on oceans and movement, rather than being fixed in a specific country or place. It brings together happenings and events, narrative texts and voices, using sound and oral histories as forms of knowledge. Weather is an important visual and audio element of the film, referencing the legacy of colonial extraction as the starting point for present-day climate instability in the Caribbean, while drawing parallels with the exploitation inherent within the contemporary tourist industry. For Whittle, understanding the past becomes the foundation for moving towards present-day healing and nurturing. Through the film, viewers are encouraged to synchronise their bodies to the rhythm of Whittle’s breathing and the conditions of ocean life, invoking a sense of compassion, kinship, groundedness and understanding within one’s own body.

Images: Zineb Sedira, Sugar Routes I, 2013

Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry (film still), 2019

OPEN WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY, 11 – 4. SEE DISTANCING GUIDELINES HERE

Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port draws on non-Western ways of thinking to explore notions of the body, challenging an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The Stomach and the Port develops through three entry points – stomach, porosity and kin. The stomach is viewed as a primary organ engaging with the world. Porosity is embraced as a way of responding to borders or the strict contours of the skin. The notion of kin is revisited as a social tissue that prepares us for abundant futures. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

The Port of Liverpool is at the heart of this Biennial. The transatlantic movement of enslaved people haunts the city’s past while the repercussions of these experiences are still felt across the world today. This trade in commodified human beings and goods, such as sugar and cotton, was part of a global project of modernity dependent upon exploitation. The two artists showcased in our gallery, Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle, both engage with these long histories, showing us how different forms of the past exist in our present moment.

Zineb Sedira

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Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration, the triangular trade routes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the continued trade of sugar across the Atlantic for mass consumption. Sedira’s photographic prints depict sugar extracted from different parts of the world housed in a modern warehouse in the French port city of Marseille. The mountainous piles of sugar present a landscape of extraction where multiple geographies convene and merge with one another; the warehouse becoming an in-between space of encounter before the sugar is processed for consumption. Juxtaposed with two sculptures of an anchor and propeller made from cane sugar found in the French silo, the works act as a metaphor for migration and diaspora.

Commissioned by Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture and The Port of Marseille.

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), also reflects upon these oceanic routes and worldview, hinging on memory, labour and the afterlives of colonialism in our contemporary world. The film is based on Barbadian poet and historian Kamau Brathwaite’s (1930–2020) idea of tidalectics, a way of thinking about the world and identity that draws on oceans and movement, rather than being fixed in a specific country or place. It brings together happenings and events, narrative texts and voices, using sound and oral histories as forms of knowledge. Weather is an important visual and audio element of the film, referencing the legacy of colonial extraction as the starting point for present-day climate instability in the Caribbean, while drawing parallels with the exploitation inherent within the contemporary tourist industry. For Whittle, understanding the past becomes the foundation for moving towards present-day healing and nurturing. Through the film, viewers are encouraged to synchronise their bodies to the rhythm of Whittle’s breathing and the conditions of ocean life, invoking a sense of compassion, kinship, groundedness and understanding within one’s own body.

Images: Zineb Sedira, Sugar Routes I, 2013

Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry (film still), 2019

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