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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

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The Mutual Respect Manifesto by Glow Creative Learning

25 October 2021

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Joseph Lee: Mindful Photo Workshop

11 December 2021

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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

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Open Rooms # 17: Today, Tomorrow and Somewhere in between

11 November 2021

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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

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LATE NIGHT OPENING: COLLECTIVE MATTERS

15 October 2021

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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

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Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

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Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

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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

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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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23 June - 27 June 2021

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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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23 June - 27 June 2021

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9 June - 13 June 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

THURSDAY 3 JUNE / 6PM / ZOOM / BOOK HERE

Join Open Eye Gallery for a special book club event to compliment The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and The Port. We will be reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and discussing it in relation to our exhibiting works by Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle.

Homegoing, published in 2016, follows the descendants of two half-sisters born in eighteenth century Ghana whose paths diverge as a result of the colonial project: One, Effia, is married to a British official in a familial trade deal, cementing her family’s status in the colonial nation of the Gold Coast. Her sister, Esi, is captured by raiders and transported to America to be sold into slavery. As Effia’s descendants journey through British colonisation and the battles amongst Fante and Asante nations towards an independent Ghana, Esi’s descendants wrestle with the development of the new diasporic nation of America and the identity of black folk within it.

Tracing three hundred years of history, Homegoing explores the fragmented and yet intertwined lives of both sisters’ descendants on each side of the Atlantic, journeying through both American and Ghanaian history and exposing the generational scars and cultural impact the transatlantic slave trade still has on the world we live in today.

The artists exhibiting at Open Eye Gallery as part of The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port explore similar themes in their work. Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration through photographic prints depicting sugar extracted from different parts of the world and housed in a modern warehouse in Marseille. 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.

Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), 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. 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.

We are inviting you to join us for our special book club session, where we will examine Homegoing’s themes of belonging, place, memory, identity and resilience in relation to our two exhibiting artists, their excavations of the long-lasting legacy of the slave trade, and a movement towards healing and nurturing for future generations. We encourage book club goers to have read the book and visited The Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and The Port in our gallery or virtually, however it is not essential to join the discussion.

More about The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

THURSDAY 3 JUNE / 6PM / ZOOM / BOOK HERE

Join Open Eye Gallery for a special book club event to compliment The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and The Port. We will be reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and discussing it in relation to our exhibiting works by Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle.

Homegoing, published in 2016, follows the descendants of two half-sisters born in eighteenth century Ghana whose paths diverge as a result of the colonial project: One, Effia, is married to a British official in a familial trade deal, cementing her family’s status in the colonial nation of the Gold Coast. Her sister, Esi, is captured by raiders and transported to America to be sold into slavery. As Effia’s descendants journey through British colonisation and the battles amongst Fante and Asante nations towards an independent Ghana, Esi’s descendants wrestle with the development of the new diasporic nation of America and the identity of black folk within it.

Tracing three hundred years of history, Homegoing explores the fragmented and yet intertwined lives of both sisters’ descendants on each side of the Atlantic, journeying through both American and Ghanaian history and exposing the generational scars and cultural impact the transatlantic slave trade still has on the world we live in today.

The artists exhibiting at Open Eye Gallery as part of The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port explore similar themes in their work. Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration through photographic prints depicting sugar extracted from different parts of the world and housed in a modern warehouse in Marseille. 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.

Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), 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. 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.

We are inviting you to join us for our special book club session, where we will examine Homegoing’s themes of belonging, place, memory, identity and resilience in relation to our two exhibiting artists, their excavations of the long-lasting legacy of the slave trade, and a movement towards healing and nurturing for future generations. We encourage book club goers to have read the book and visited The Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and The Port in our gallery or virtually, however it is not essential to join the discussion.

More about The Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

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