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Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

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CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

Exhibitions

We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

Events

Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

Exhibitions

Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 6 March 2024

Events

Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

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

Events

LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

Exhibitions

Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

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

Events

Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

Events

Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

Events

Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

Events

Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024

Events

Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024

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

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

Past Events

Bernice Mulenga: Artist Talk

18 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Local Roots @ The Atkinson

14 October 2023

Exhibitions

Community @ Ellesmere Port Library

26 October - 11 April 2024

Past Events

Critique Surgery for Socially Engaged Photographers

6 November 2023

Past Events

Deeds Not Words: panel discussion

12 October 2023

Past Exhibitions

Deeds Not Words @ Atrium Space

3 October - 22 October 2023

Ode To Our Space @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

A Look At A New Perspective @ Digital Window Gallery

29 September - 23 December 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: Crow Dark Dawn

19 October 2023

Past Events

Exhibition Launch: A Place of Our Own

28 September 2023

Reflections

12 September - 22 December 2023

Past Events

Sandra Suubi ‘Samba Gown’ Procession

9 September 2023

Exhibitions Future Exhibitions

A Place of Our Own

29 September - 22 December 2023

Past Events

POETRY BOOK LAUNCH: JACK BENNETT – LUNETTE

7 September 2023

Exhibitions

A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot

31 August 2023

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Our Home. Our Place. Our Space. @ Walton

16 August - 2 October 2023

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Poetry Reading: Coast to Coast to Coast’s sixth Birthday!

16 September 2023

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

LOOK Climate Lab is a biennial programme exploring how photography can be a relevant and powerful medium for talking about climate change. Starting from 18 January 2024, we’ll transform the gallery into a lab: bringing together researchers and artists to test their ideas and encouraging our audiences to discuss systematic changes needed for dealing with the climate crisis.

LOOK Climate Lab 2024 will take place from 18 January 2024 to 31 March 2024, with a private view and launch of an exciting We Feed The UK  project on 8 February, 6–8 pm. This year we’ll work with the topics of rewilding and industrial heritage, growing food and regenerative farming, transport and pollution, capitalist production and impacts of war. The events programme includes workshops, artist talks, poetry readings and film screenings. All the events are free.

Gallery 3 will be turned into a cinema, showing Grow to Eat by Coulson and Tennant commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society, Imagine Bamboo and The Balance Garden – short films about community growing, sustainable building and gardening to promote mental health.

Max Gorbatskyi, Open Eye Gallery’s curator, said:

We’re affecting the world around us, often in ways which we don’t even recognise. When taking a photograph today, it is probable that you capture a result or a cause of the climate crisis since its manifestations are ubiquitously around us.

Photography is capable of registering and representing, being essentially a trace itself. It provides us with a means to trace the changes we cause or the changes we can make to tackle climate change today. Photographs can comfort us, make us observe melancholically and passively the aesthetically attractive disasters; they can demonstrate rather poignantly the point between existence and loss, and by this, they can make us feel powerless. But at the same time, photographs can visualise the approaches and possible actions we can take to address the problems and bring change.

We’ve invited photographers, researchers and partners from different domains to share their observations and ideas on how we can make human-nature relationships more sustainable and fair. 

Projects include:

Erosion by Stephanie Wynne. A photographic exploration of how the structural ‘waste’ of WW2 was disposed of or reused. Tonnes of rubble from the bombed homes of Liverpool were dumped on the coast at Crosby, post 1945. With the dreadful current conflicts around the world, can post-conflict waste be reused, recycled and, more importantly, reduced?

Kherson by Nazar Furyk. Over the past year, the photographer visited the Kherson region several times, including  immediately after the blow-up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam. Those photographs didn’t capture direct military action, but there is tension, heat, pain, and emptiness. 

Executive Decision by Mishka Henner (Artist in Residence at Energy House 2.0, University of Salford). Working with AI, Mishka Henner sculpted imagined scenes from real documentary photographs. The title alludes to the decisions made in government offices around the world that have brought us to this present condition. 

Cirrus Aviaticus  by John Davies. These B&W infrared photographs are of the north sky above Liverpool and Lancashire, showing condensation trails and contrail-induced cirrus clouds produced from jet engine exhaust fumes. Scientific research suggests they are the largest net warming component of aviation emissions.

Strange Eden by Mario Popham. Through a combination of photographs, use of site-specific materials and processes like coal and rust, together with tentative collaborations with AI, the work asks us to consider the complicated beauty and history of the postindustrial green spaces, the strangeness of our actions there and how we as a species might find ourselves back into a better accord with our environment. 

Co-creation with the Environment – research project in Wigan Flashes by Lizzie King. Lizzie King shares her work in progress, exploring a scene where we have destroyed the natural, and the non-human living species have adapted to live and thrive in what is now a site of stunning post-nature beauty. This work is part of the residence programme in Open Eye Hub in Wigan.

Intervention and Renewal by Johannes Pretorius, from We Feed The UK series. The project documents three generations of the Robinson family working at Strickley, their organic dairy farm in Cumbria. On it, they also manage kilometres of species-rich hedgerows and are actively rewilding woodlands and wetlands. All ten We Feed The UK stories will be revealed on the 8th of February.

We Feed The World, commissioned by Gaia Foundation, shows stories from agroecological, small-scale farmers who not only provide the majority of the world’s food but also offer solutions to many of our current crises.

Urugo by Hellen Songa. On a long journey through Africa Hellen seeks to discover the social and creative ecological activities of African communities, particularly her mother- and fatherlands – Rwanda and Zambia, and the impacts of these activities on the whole planet’s climate and local ecosystems. 

Home Grown Knowledge by Gwen Riley Jones. Gwen Riley Jones has been collaborating with growers in Rochdale community gardens to share their stories of growing and what it means to them. This project is in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Outside gallery walls will see the We Feed The UK exhibition: 10 photographers who can change our perspective documented 10 regenerative farm stories in 10 regions of the UK,  telling the stories sprouting from nature-friendly farming including climate resilience, food justice and seed sovereignty. 

For this edition of LOOK Climate Lab we are partnering with Gaia Foundation, Energy House 2.0 Salford, Royal Horticultural Society, The Tree Council, Impressions Gallery, Peloton Liverpool Coop, Wigan Council, The Mersey Forest, Liverpool ONE and many others to bring people and ideas together, explore the complexities of human-nature relationships and make positive changes to live more sustainable and connected lives.

Image: Hellen Songa, 2023

 

LOOK Climate Lab is a biennial programme exploring how photography can be a relevant and powerful medium for talking about climate change. Starting from 18 January 2024, we’ll transform the gallery into a lab: bringing together researchers and artists to test their ideas and encouraging our audiences to discuss systematic changes needed for dealing with the climate crisis.

LOOK Climate Lab 2024 will take place from 18 January 2024 to 31 March 2024, with a private view and launch of an exciting We Feed The UK  project on 8 February, 6–8 pm. This year we’ll work with the topics of rewilding and industrial heritage, growing food and regenerative farming, transport and pollution, capitalist production and impacts of war. The events programme includes workshops, artist talks, poetry readings and film screenings. All the events are free.

Gallery 3 will be turned into a cinema, showing Grow to Eat by Coulson and Tennant commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society, Imagine Bamboo and The Balance Garden – short films about community growing, sustainable building and gardening to promote mental health.

Max Gorbatskyi, Open Eye Gallery’s curator, said:

We’re affecting the world around us, often in ways which we don’t even recognise. When taking a photograph today, it is probable that you capture a result or a cause of the climate crisis since its manifestations are ubiquitously around us.

Photography is capable of registering and representing, being essentially a trace itself. It provides us with a means to trace the changes we cause or the changes we can make to tackle climate change today. Photographs can comfort us, make us observe melancholically and passively the aesthetically attractive disasters; they can demonstrate rather poignantly the point between existence and loss, and by this, they can make us feel powerless. But at the same time, photographs can visualise the approaches and possible actions we can take to address the problems and bring change.

We’ve invited photographers, researchers and partners from different domains to share their observations and ideas on how we can make human-nature relationships more sustainable and fair. 

Projects include:

Erosion by Stephanie Wynne. A photographic exploration of how the structural ‘waste’ of WW2 was disposed of or reused. Tonnes of rubble from the bombed homes of Liverpool were dumped on the coast at Crosby, post 1945. With the dreadful current conflicts around the world, can post-conflict waste be reused, recycled and, more importantly, reduced?

Kherson by Nazar Furyk. Over the past year, the photographer visited the Kherson region several times, including  immediately after the blow-up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam. Those photographs didn’t capture direct military action, but there is tension, heat, pain, and emptiness. 

Executive Decision by Mishka Henner (Artist in Residence at Energy House 2.0, University of Salford). Working with AI, Mishka Henner sculpted imagined scenes from real documentary photographs. The title alludes to the decisions made in government offices around the world that have brought us to this present condition. 

Cirrus Aviaticus  by John Davies. These B&W infrared photographs are of the north sky above Liverpool and Lancashire, showing condensation trails and contrail-induced cirrus clouds produced from jet engine exhaust fumes. Scientific research suggests they are the largest net warming component of aviation emissions.

Strange Eden by Mario Popham. Through a combination of photographs, use of site-specific materials and processes like coal and rust, together with tentative collaborations with AI, the work asks us to consider the complicated beauty and history of the postindustrial green spaces, the strangeness of our actions there and how we as a species might find ourselves back into a better accord with our environment. 

Co-creation with the Environment – research project in Wigan Flashes by Lizzie King. Lizzie King shares her work in progress, exploring a scene where we have destroyed the natural, and the non-human living species have adapted to live and thrive in what is now a site of stunning post-nature beauty. This work is part of the residence programme in Open Eye Hub in Wigan.

Intervention and Renewal by Johannes Pretorius, from We Feed The UK series. The project documents three generations of the Robinson family working at Strickley, their organic dairy farm in Cumbria. On it, they also manage kilometres of species-rich hedgerows and are actively rewilding woodlands and wetlands. All ten We Feed The UK stories will be revealed on the 8th of February.

We Feed The World, commissioned by Gaia Foundation, shows stories from agroecological, small-scale farmers who not only provide the majority of the world’s food but also offer solutions to many of our current crises.

Urugo by Hellen Songa. On a long journey through Africa Hellen seeks to discover the social and creative ecological activities of African communities, particularly her mother- and fatherlands – Rwanda and Zambia, and the impacts of these activities on the whole planet’s climate and local ecosystems. 

Home Grown Knowledge by Gwen Riley Jones. Gwen Riley Jones has been collaborating with growers in Rochdale community gardens to share their stories of growing and what it means to them. This project is in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Outside gallery walls will see the We Feed The UK exhibition: 10 photographers who can change our perspective documented 10 regenerative farm stories in 10 regions of the UK,  telling the stories sprouting from nature-friendly farming including climate resilience, food justice and seed sovereignty. 

For this edition of LOOK Climate Lab we are partnering with Gaia Foundation, Energy House 2.0 Salford, Royal Horticultural Society, The Tree Council, Impressions Gallery, Peloton Liverpool Coop, Wigan Council, The Mersey Forest, Liverpool ONE and many others to bring people and ideas together, explore the complexities of human-nature relationships and make positive changes to live more sustainable and connected lives.

Image: Hellen Songa, 2023

 

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