Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

Exhibitions

We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

Exhibitions

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival — Jessica El Mal: Grounds For Concern

16 July - 15 August 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Who We Are

8 July - 31 July 2021

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Whose Land Is It?

8 July - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibitions

VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

16 June - 20 June 2021

Past Events

First Light: Photography Writing Now – Tilt Launch Party

9 July 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together

24 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Student Exhibitions: Arc

16 June - 20 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

Digital Window Gallery: Postcards from us x

10 June - 20 June 2021

LightNight 2021: Play

21 May 2021

Heavy Gardening Art Trail Photowalk

21 May 2021

OPEN ROOMS #13: A BALKAN JOURNEY WITH CHRIS LESLIE

17 June 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Things Are Strange

25 May 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #12: INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL

6 May 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

19 May - 6 June 2021

Picturing England’s High Streets: Prescot

7 April 2021

Picturing England’s High Street: Chester

7 April 2021

Exhibitions

Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

Exhibitions

Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #11: ON THE CORNERS OF ARGYLE AND GLENWOOD – PHOTOBOOK IN COLLABORATION

11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

Family Page

23 February 2021

About Alternative Lens

23 February 2021

Projects

Introducing Energy House

23 February 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

25 February 2021

The Course

12 February 2021

Past Events

PLATFORM ISSUE 3: HOPE

12 February 2021

Events

OPEN CALL: THE STORY OF LIVERPOOL THROUGH ITS TREES

1 January - 30 April 2021

Past Events

OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

Past Events

WHAT WE DO IN LOCKDOWN

5 January 2021

HYPERTEXT: Books Beyond Bars – Felix McNulty in conversation with Sarah Jane Baker

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Ruth White – The Role of the Photobook in Representing the British Working Classes

28 November 2020

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Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will be postponed. We will be rescheduling similar events in the future. Please sign up to our newsletter for event updates. 

As the country grapples with adjusting to social distancing laws, social meetups have transferred onto online realms, creating new digital spaces for gathering. But how have things changed for those who have always been separated from their communities?

During LGBT History Month, our tenth Open Rooms event examines the history of documenting LGBTQ+ lives outside of queer spaces. The panel will discuss photographing LGBTQ+ lives in cities that don’t have a staple queer scene, how photography can amplify visibility for those who are underrepresented in the public queer sphere, and how lockdown has changed and impacted the historical spaces carved out for queer folk across the UK.

Panellists:

Kelly Stubbs Kelly has a background working as an Art and Media educator, across a variety of  schools, FE colleges and universities. After struggling with her gender for the majority of her life, Kelly was finally able to support herself openly living and working as a Transgender woman in 2018. From an initial opportunity working for Liverpool Biennial, Kelly launched Transmission Art Project and threw her energies into organising Liverpool’s first Trans Pride in 2019. Transmission Art’s latest initiative is ‘Ports In A Storm’, which is a project geared towards helping marginalised communities participate more fully in public life & will launch at this year’s Light Night events. Kelly currently coordinates the Phoenix LGBT+ youth groups for the Proud Trust across Cheshire, as well as producing her own art work under the moniker ‘notgeorgestubbs’.

Kiara Mohamed (b.1990) is a trans, multidisciplinary artist based in Toxteth, Liverpool. His work focuses on identity, social issues and the role art plays in our lives in addressing these issues. He uses photography, poetry, film and drone photography to comment on post-colonial ideas and reflect on his background and the community he lives in. His work has been screened at Tate Liverpool and the British Museum with most recent projects for Savera UK and Homotopia 2020 shared online and installed in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. A new commission of photographs has been acquired for the University of Salford Art Collection in partnership with Open Eye Gallery.

Alex Ferguson (he/him) is a Liverpool-based producer, interested in art as activism, personal/societal change through radical arts, and queering everything. With a background in theatre and arts participation, he is now producer for Homotopia, the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts festival, where he is growing year round talent development and youth programmes, and the size and scope of the festival. When he’s not at Homotopia, he is the host and producer of Liverpool’s premier spoken word night, A Lovely Word, based at the Liverpool Everyman. He also freelance produces multi-award winning music shows and regularly presents work at the Edinburgh fringe. He is currently producing Y’MAM at the Liverpool Everyman this June 2021.

Open Rooms is Open Eye Gallery’s online programme. It involves free live-streamed talks and workshops, plus ongoing public discussions on our Discord community. It takes place in rooms all across the world — artists’ rooms, chat rooms and in your living room.

Open Rooms is livestreamed to our Twitch channel, an online streaming service.

We also have a community of chat rooms and ongoing conversations on Discord, a free messaging app open to all. To join, follow this link and download Discord on desktop or mobile. 

 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will be postponed. We will be rescheduling similar events in the future. Please sign up to our newsletter for event updates. 

As the country grapples with adjusting to social distancing laws, social meetups have transferred onto online realms, creating new digital spaces for gathering. But how have things changed for those who have always been separated from their communities?

During LGBT History Month, our tenth Open Rooms event examines the history of documenting LGBTQ+ lives outside of queer spaces. The panel will discuss photographing LGBTQ+ lives in cities that don’t have a staple queer scene, how photography can amplify visibility for those who are underrepresented in the public queer sphere, and how lockdown has changed and impacted the historical spaces carved out for queer folk across the UK.

Panellists:

Kelly Stubbs Kelly has a background working as an Art and Media educator, across a variety of  schools, FE colleges and universities. After struggling with her gender for the majority of her life, Kelly was finally able to support herself openly living and working as a Transgender woman in 2018. From an initial opportunity working for Liverpool Biennial, Kelly launched Transmission Art Project and threw her energies into organising Liverpool’s first Trans Pride in 2019. Transmission Art’s latest initiative is ‘Ports In A Storm’, which is a project geared towards helping marginalised communities participate more fully in public life & will launch at this year’s Light Night events. Kelly currently coordinates the Phoenix LGBT+ youth groups for the Proud Trust across Cheshire, as well as producing her own art work under the moniker ‘notgeorgestubbs’.

Kiara Mohamed (b.1990) is a trans, multidisciplinary artist based in Toxteth, Liverpool. His work focuses on identity, social issues and the role art plays in our lives in addressing these issues. He uses photography, poetry, film and drone photography to comment on post-colonial ideas and reflect on his background and the community he lives in. His work has been screened at Tate Liverpool and the British Museum with most recent projects for Savera UK and Homotopia 2020 shared online and installed in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. A new commission of photographs has been acquired for the University of Salford Art Collection in partnership with Open Eye Gallery.

Alex Ferguson (he/him) is a Liverpool-based producer, interested in art as activism, personal/societal change through radical arts, and queering everything. With a background in theatre and arts participation, he is now producer for Homotopia, the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts festival, where he is growing year round talent development and youth programmes, and the size and scope of the festival. When he’s not at Homotopia, he is the host and producer of Liverpool’s premier spoken word night, A Lovely Word, based at the Liverpool Everyman. He also freelance produces multi-award winning music shows and regularly presents work at the Edinburgh fringe. He is currently producing Y’MAM at the Liverpool Everyman this June 2021.

Open Rooms is Open Eye Gallery’s online programme. It involves free live-streamed talks and workshops, plus ongoing public discussions on our Discord community. It takes place in rooms all across the world — artists’ rooms, chat rooms and in your living room.

Open Rooms is livestreamed to our Twitch channel, an online streaming service.

We also have a community of chat rooms and ongoing conversations on Discord, a free messaging app open to all. To join, follow this link and download Discord on desktop or mobile. 

 

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