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ASSEMBLIES: OPEN EYE HUB

16 September 2022

VR: Visualising Pollution – Whitby High School

23 June - 28 June 2022

VR: “There is an I…” – UCEN, Manchester

2 July - 5 July 2022

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COMING SOON: Clickmoor on Climate

15 August - 4 September 2022

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COMING SOON: LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL @ WIGAN AND LEIGH

1 October 2022

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Make, Mend and Sustain – Digital Window Gallery

14 July - 4 September 2022

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LOOKBOOK CLUB: THE OVERSTORY BY RICHARD POWERS, Pages 1-28

25 September 2022

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Guided Walk: Bats of Sefton Park

1 September 2022

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A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot Town Centre

25 July 2022

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Reclaiming @ Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

13 August 2022

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GUIDED WALK: The Veteran Trees of Childwall Woods #2

27 August 2022

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Guided Walk: Bees of Sefton Park

31 July - 31 July 2022

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Guided Walk: A History of Sefton Park Landscape

21 August 2022

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GUIDED WALK: The Veteran Trees of Childwall Woods #1

6 August 2022

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WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE STUDENTS

14 July - 4 September 2022

COMING SOON: MIMESIS: A BEAT BEFORE THE RAPTURE @ NEW ADELPI ATRIUM

19 October - 16 November 2022

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COMING SOON: ARE YOU LIVING COMFORTABLY? @ NEW ADELPHI EXHIBITION GALLERY

10 October - 23 December 2022

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Before it Melts into Solid: Carmel College Students

14 July - 4 September 2022

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Journal Launch: Coast to Coast to Coast

13 August 2022

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Writing Workshop: Listening to the River Mersey with Maria Isakova-Bennett

13 August 2022

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ROOTING FOR THE FUTURE: Growing Culture, Community and Creativity

4 September 2022

COMING SOON: Let’s Grow Preston

23 July 2022

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DOT-ART ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS

14 July - 28 July 2022

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An evening with Guillemot Press Poets

22 July 2022

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OPEN SOURCE #24 DARAGH DRAKE: ANAM CARA

14 July - 18 August 2022

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MWALULA – HELLEN SONGA @ LIVERPOOL GROWING SPACES

11 July - 4 September 2022

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LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Launch Party

14 July 2022

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Visual Studies X Open Eye Gallery Roundtable

14 July 2022

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LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2022: CLIMATE

15 July - 4 September 2022

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Make, Mend & Sustain @ Chester Charity Shops

8 July - 5 August 2022

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Before it Melts into Solid @ World of Glass, St. Helens

30 June - 26 July 2022

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Student Exhibitions: “There is an I…” – UCEN, Manchester

2 July - 5 July 2022

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Our Planet, Our Future! A conversation on Sustainable Futures in St Helens

9 July - 9 July 2022

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Planting for the Planet @ RHS Garden Bridgewater

27 May - 27 August 2022

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Whose High Street is it? Unlocking Creative Futures in Our Own Town Centres

29 June 2022

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POETRY READING: 100 Years of The Waste Land

17 November - 17 November 2022

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National Poetry Day Celebration: The Environment

6 October 2022

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(Re)Production: Parenthood and the Art World

16 June - 3 July 2022

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In Conversation: Mindful Photo Project

2 July 2022

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Mindful Photo Project @ HMP Thorncross

9 June - 6 July 2022

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Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 28 June 2022

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Student Exhibitions: Hugh Baird University Centre

18 June - 21 June 2022

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VR: Follow The River, Follow The Thread

1 April - 12 June 2022

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Sustainability – Climate Change and the impact from Industry

17 May 2022

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Open Source #22: Bags For Life – Luke Saxon

1 May - 31 May 2022

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VR: LOOK Climate Lab 2022

13 January - 20 March 2022

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An evening with Maytree Poets

28 April 2022

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Recovery in Focus & Inside Stories

14 May 2022

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Homo Humour film screening & Q&A

7 May 2022

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Painting the Mersey in 17 Canvases Coast to Coast to Coast

21 May 2022

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Make, Mend & Sustain @ Chester Charity Shops

8 July - 5 August 2022

How can creativity and transformation feed new life and worth into second-hand clothes? 

University of Chester students in BA Fashion Design and BA Photography, have collaborated with local charity shops Save The Children and ShareShop to design and photograph a sustainable fashion collection, upcycling used textiles from clothing donations and exhibiting them in the charity shop windows in the Chester city centre.  

Make, Mend and Sustain was conceived as part of Open Eye Gallery’s ongoing research on Climate Change for the LOOK Photo Biennial 2022. The project started as a response to The Slum Studios, a Ghanian textile brand that was part of Open Eye’s exhibition Follow the River, Follow the Thread”. The Slum Studio highlights global issues related to over consumption and fashion waste by creating wearable art from the discarded clothing inundating Ghana’s second-hand markets. Visiting the exhibition and learning about the work helped provide a starting point for University of Chester students to initiate their own projects, translating the global message of The Slum Studio into the local context of Chester charity shops.

The students started by building a relationship with the two local charities to understand how they operate, learn about their key objectives, and integrate this into the design of the garments and collection. Following initial meetings and visits with both charities, the students joined the volunteering team to help out in a donations sorting day. This was an opportunity for fashion students to collect textile materials to use in their designs and for photography students to document the unseen work and journey behind the distribution of donated clothing. 

In the next stage of the project, the students reworked the second hand textiles into new vibrant garments. Photography students captured the creative process, from hand painting on textiles, to trousers made from duvet covers. The finished pieces were photographed in a fashion photoshoot staged at the charity shops involved, ShareShop and Save The Children, and in ShareAid’s donations distribution center in Mold. By bringing the garments back to their point of donation, the images visually narrate the journey the materials had been through. Both the final designs and photographs were exhibited in the high street facing windows of the charity shops as part of Open Eye Gallery’s festival LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Climate

The outcome of Make, Mend & Sustain shows us how creativity can  extend the life of your clothes as an act of kindness to our planet. Living sustainably is about starting to take more care with the materials we consume, and to ask questions as to where they come from, and where they go. The journey and story behind the work of the University of Chester’s students aims to change habits and inspire confidence in the way that everyone can introduce a change in their lives, which is mindful of waste, sustainability and climate change. 

The work of the students listed below was coordinated by course leaders for Fashion Design and Photography, Delphine Wilson and Cian Quayle respectively, with visiting staff Jen John and Aj Wilkinson, in conjunction with Diane Hamilton, and Núria Rovira Terradas at the Open Eye Gallery.

Charity Shop Collection by Rebecca Parker, Annie Dinis, Jamie Flint, Saviour Jaffier, Kerrigan Collins, Natasha Rowland, Marta Castro Permuy, Louise Morgan, Jessica Rimmer, Sophie Pomfrey, Diane Maccabe, and Katriona Heritage.

Photography by Simon Hyde, Charlie Harris, Emily Johnson and Anna Carter

Models: Tyler and Bernice. 

Thanks to Save the Children and Share Shop for their generous support and access to their donations. 

The work is on display in Save the Children, 9 Grosvenor St, Chester, CH1 2DD and Share Shop, 50 Northgate St, Chester, CH1 2HA.

Cover image: Simon Hyde

How can creativity and transformation feed new life and worth into second-hand clothes? 

University of Chester students in BA Fashion Design and BA Photography, have collaborated with local charity shops Save The Children and ShareShop to design and photograph a sustainable fashion collection, upcycling used textiles from clothing donations and exhibiting them in the charity shop windows in the Chester city centre.  

Make, Mend and Sustain was conceived as part of Open Eye Gallery’s ongoing research on Climate Change for the LOOK Photo Biennial 2022. The project started as a response to The Slum Studios, a Ghanian textile brand that was part of Open Eye’s exhibition Follow the River, Follow the Thread”. The Slum Studio highlights global issues related to over consumption and fashion waste by creating wearable art from the discarded clothing inundating Ghana’s second-hand markets. Visiting the exhibition and learning about the work helped provide a starting point for University of Chester students to initiate their own projects, translating the global message of The Slum Studio into the local context of Chester charity shops.

The students started by building a relationship with the two local charities to understand how they operate, learn about their key objectives, and integrate this into the design of the garments and collection. Following initial meetings and visits with both charities, the students joined the volunteering team to help out in a donations sorting day. This was an opportunity for fashion students to collect textile materials to use in their designs and for photography students to document the unseen work and journey behind the distribution of donated clothing. 

In the next stage of the project, the students reworked the second hand textiles into new vibrant garments. Photography students captured the creative process, from hand painting on textiles, to trousers made from duvet covers. The finished pieces were photographed in a fashion photoshoot staged at the charity shops involved, ShareShop and Save The Children, and in ShareAid’s donations distribution center in Mold. By bringing the garments back to their point of donation, the images visually narrate the journey the materials had been through. Both the final designs and photographs were exhibited in the high street facing windows of the charity shops as part of Open Eye Gallery’s festival LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Climate

The outcome of Make, Mend & Sustain shows us how creativity can  extend the life of your clothes as an act of kindness to our planet. Living sustainably is about starting to take more care with the materials we consume, and to ask questions as to where they come from, and where they go. The journey and story behind the work of the University of Chester’s students aims to change habits and inspire confidence in the way that everyone can introduce a change in their lives, which is mindful of waste, sustainability and climate change. 

The work of the students listed below was coordinated by course leaders for Fashion Design and Photography, Delphine Wilson and Cian Quayle respectively, with visiting staff Jen John and Aj Wilkinson, in conjunction with Diane Hamilton, and Núria Rovira Terradas at the Open Eye Gallery.

Charity Shop Collection by Rebecca Parker, Annie Dinis, Jamie Flint, Saviour Jaffier, Kerrigan Collins, Natasha Rowland, Marta Castro Permuy, Louise Morgan, Jessica Rimmer, Sophie Pomfrey, Diane Maccabe, and Katriona Heritage.

Photography by Simon Hyde, Charlie Harris, Emily Johnson and Anna Carter

Models: Tyler and Bernice. 

Thanks to Save the Children and Share Shop for their generous support and access to their donations. 

The work is on display in Save the Children, 9 Grosvenor St, Chester, CH1 2DD and Share Shop, 50 Northgate St, Chester, CH1 2HA.

Cover image: Simon Hyde

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