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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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Me, Myself, My SPACE @ The Atkinson

27 May - 9 July 2023

THE ATKINSON, SOUTHPORT: 27th May – 9th July 2023 

Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

EXHIBITION CELEBRATION DAY: 17th June 10:30am – 12:30pm 

A new arts project, produced by Open Eye Gallery and The Atkinson in Southport, challenged young LGBTQI+ and ally people to use photography and art as a tool for navigating their identity, mental health, belonging and place through self-portraits. The resulting exhibition celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and self-expression in a creative and empowering way.  

Open Eye Gallery has been working with long standing collaborators New Beginnings youth group, The Atkinson (Southport) and a new artist in residence Faye Héran to produce a self-portrait inspired body of work, culminating in a public exhibition opening 27th May, 2023 at The Atkinson, Southport. 

For this new project, LGBTQI+ and allies youth group New Beginnings have come together to collaborate on Me, Myself, My SPACE in a space they knew well – MYA SPACE. The group decided to focus on a past exhibition displayed at The Atkinson in early 2023, The Unselfish Selfie, shining a light on self-portraits by contemporary artists who traditionally have not been given an equal voice and have remained largely invisible, particularly women artists and artists of colour. 

Throughout art history, numerous artists have made self-portraits, many of which represented them in the act of painting. Self-portrait can be an expressive medium to explore the human condition, to confront one’s frailties and mortality, to engage with the issues of identity, diversity, and gender. The work created in Me, Myself, My SPACE is a collaborative effort that aims to empower young people to express themselves creatively, build self-confidence and celebrate their identities and ultimately, what makes them, them. New Beginnings have explored self-portraits through expressive and meaningful photography, art, moving images and music.

Speaking about the project, one of the group members said: I have enjoyed being part of this project because it has helped with my confidence and it has helped me with photography because I’m picking it for college.”

Artist in Residence, Faye Héran said: “This project has been a labour of love for me. As an artist, I wanted to give the group the creative freedom; to take photographs, make art, write, dance, sing, dress up and celebrate their unique personalities. I truly believe the work that has been created is groundbreaking in terms of offering the world an unfiltered glimpse into their lives in Liverpool. Art has the power to unite communities, heal, educate, challenge the status quo and breathe colour into the world. The young people in this group are trailblazers.”

Open Eye Gallery’s Creative Producer for schools and young people, Anna Wijnhoven, said: “Working with the New Beginnings youth group has been an incredible experience. The freedom and fun of the work created by this group of talented individuals demonstrates their desire to be listened to, and given the space to allow this to happen. The young people whose voices are platformed in this project are proof of a quest for being unapologetically themselves, a quest in which they have so evidently and proudly defeated.”

Identity, belonging, and place are all crucial elements in shaping the lives of young people today. As young people navigate the complexities of life, identity, belonging and place all intertwine and play a significant role in personal growth and development. As young people seek to establish a sense of self, find their place in the world, and form connections with others who share their values and interests, the quest for identity, belonging and place shapes lives in ways we may not be able to comprehend. 

Me, Myself, My SPACE is a project partnership between Open Eye Gallery and The Atkinson and is supported by Hope Street, Curious Minds and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Image: New Beginnings Youth Group

THE ATKINSON, SOUTHPORT: 27th May – 9th July 2023 

Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

EXHIBITION CELEBRATION DAY: 17th June 10:30am – 12:30pm 

A new arts project, produced by Open Eye Gallery and The Atkinson in Southport, challenged young LGBTQI+ and ally people to use photography and art as a tool for navigating their identity, mental health, belonging and place through self-portraits. The resulting exhibition celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and self-expression in a creative and empowering way.  

Open Eye Gallery has been working with long standing collaborators New Beginnings youth group, The Atkinson (Southport) and a new artist in residence Faye Héran to produce a self-portrait inspired body of work, culminating in a public exhibition opening 27th May, 2023 at The Atkinson, Southport. 

For this new project, LGBTQI+ and allies youth group New Beginnings have come together to collaborate on Me, Myself, My SPACE in a space they knew well – MYA SPACE. The group decided to focus on a past exhibition displayed at The Atkinson in early 2023, The Unselfish Selfie, shining a light on self-portraits by contemporary artists who traditionally have not been given an equal voice and have remained largely invisible, particularly women artists and artists of colour. 

Throughout art history, numerous artists have made self-portraits, many of which represented them in the act of painting. Self-portrait can be an expressive medium to explore the human condition, to confront one’s frailties and mortality, to engage with the issues of identity, diversity, and gender. The work created in Me, Myself, My SPACE is a collaborative effort that aims to empower young people to express themselves creatively, build self-confidence and celebrate their identities and ultimately, what makes them, them. New Beginnings have explored self-portraits through expressive and meaningful photography, art, moving images and music.

Speaking about the project, one of the group members said: I have enjoyed being part of this project because it has helped with my confidence and it has helped me with photography because I’m picking it for college.”

Artist in Residence, Faye Héran said: “This project has been a labour of love for me. As an artist, I wanted to give the group the creative freedom; to take photographs, make art, write, dance, sing, dress up and celebrate their unique personalities. I truly believe the work that has been created is groundbreaking in terms of offering the world an unfiltered glimpse into their lives in Liverpool. Art has the power to unite communities, heal, educate, challenge the status quo and breathe colour into the world. The young people in this group are trailblazers.”

Open Eye Gallery’s Creative Producer for schools and young people, Anna Wijnhoven, said: “Working with the New Beginnings youth group has been an incredible experience. The freedom and fun of the work created by this group of talented individuals demonstrates their desire to be listened to, and given the space to allow this to happen. The young people whose voices are platformed in this project are proof of a quest for being unapologetically themselves, a quest in which they have so evidently and proudly defeated.”

Identity, belonging, and place are all crucial elements in shaping the lives of young people today. As young people navigate the complexities of life, identity, belonging and place all intertwine and play a significant role in personal growth and development. As young people seek to establish a sense of self, find their place in the world, and form connections with others who share their values and interests, the quest for identity, belonging and place shapes lives in ways we may not be able to comprehend. 

Me, Myself, My SPACE is a project partnership between Open Eye Gallery and The Atkinson and is supported by Hope Street, Curious Minds and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Image: New Beginnings Youth Group

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