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Launching LOOK Photo Biennial 2024: Beyond Sight

27 June 2024

Coming Soon. LOOK Photo Biennial 2024: Beyond Sight

28 June - 1 September 2024

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Through Our Eyes @ Digital Window Gallery

12 June - 16 June 2024

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FIRE IT UP FUND FUNDEES ANNOUNCED

13 June 2024

In View

12 June - 16 June 2024

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LAF X OPEN EYE GALLERY: PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION LAUNCH

4 June 2024

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Home Tour @ Rochdale

6 June - 12 July 2024

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Photography Workshop: Birkenhead

30 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: St Helens

23 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Runcorn

16 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Liverpool City Centre

15 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Bootle

9 June 2024

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Photography Workshop: Huyton

1 June 2024

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Everyone is Moving – Your Journeys, Your Neighbourhoods @ Atrium Space

4 June - 30 June 2024

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European Poetry Festival : Liverpool Camarade

6 July 2024

Bonds / Ripples

29 May - 9 June 2024

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Webinar: Socially Engaged Photography

22 May 2024

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JOURNEY TO EDEN @ DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY

6 May - 12 May 2024

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

9 May 2024

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Casey Orr artist talk and SEPN North West meet-up

18 May 2024

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Poetry reading: Coast to Coast to Coast

11 May 2024

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National Pavilion of Ukraine @ Venice Biennale

20 April - 24 November 2024

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Open Source 28: Sam Patton – Room to Breathe @ Digital Window Gallery

10 April - 18 May 2024

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Forward, Together @ Wigan & Leigh Archives, Leigh Town Hall

23 March - 28 September 2024

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As She Likes It: Christine Beckett @ The Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

1 March - 30 June 2024

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Shifting Horizons @ Digital Window Gallery

27 March - 31 March 2024

PLATFORM: ISSUE 6

26 March 2024

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Saturday Town: Launch Event

10 April 2024

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Saturday Town

11 April - 19 May 2024

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PLATFORM: ZINE LAUNCH EVENT

21 March 2024

Home. Ukrainian Photography, UK Words: Tour

4 March - 28 February 2025

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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

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We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

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Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

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Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February - 30 June 2024

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

6 February - 31 March 2024

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Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

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Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

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Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

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Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

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Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

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Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

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Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

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We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

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End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

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Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

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Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

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Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

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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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