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Return To Nature

30 July 2021

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VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

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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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8 July - 19 September 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Youth Culture by Whitby High School

23 June - 27 June 2021

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VR Student Exhibitions: Arc with Hugh Baird

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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Student Exhibitions: UCEN

9 June - 13 June 2021

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16 June - 20 June 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: HOMETOWNS

10 June 2021

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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

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First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May 2021

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Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Interior Tension

22 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Networked Beings

8 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Things Are Strange

25 May 2021

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OPEN ROOMS #12: INDEPENDENTS BIENNIAL

6 May 2021

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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

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Reclaim The City: Suzanne St Clare

8 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Parallel Histories

11 May 2021

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First Light Spotlight: After Nature

27 April 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Unearthly Matter

13 April 2021

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23 March - 5 April 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

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First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

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First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

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

11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

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23 February 2021

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23 February 2021

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23 February 2021

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25 February 2021

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12 February 2021

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12 February 2021

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1 January - 30 April 2021

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OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

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5 January 2021

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28 November 2020

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28 November 2020

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OPEN ROOMS #14: Separated Together


Artist-in-residence Hafsah Nibe and Sarah Hartley from Novus, who provide learning, skills and opportunity for those in custodial settings to help them build positive futures, discuss Open Eye Gallery’s pilot prison photography programme, reaching incarcerated people and their families using photography as a communicative tool. Run in partnership with Novus and HMP Risley, the programme explored how photography and creativity can be used as a tool for self-expression as well as learning new skills to aid rehabilitation.

At the beginning of the project, we hosted Open Rooms #2: Separated Together which explored the ethics, limitations and logistics of embarking on a photography project within prison settings. In this follow up event, Hafsah and Sarah will reflect on the project and the adaptations in creative practice and facilitation that had to be made due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Panellists

Hafsah Naib is a visual artist; filmmaker and writer based in Manchester originally from a biomedical science and fine art background. She is the founder and director of Working Class Film School; a youth filmmaking project currently working with partners and communities in Wales, Nepal and Hong Kong. Hafsah also teaches on the Self-Shooting Documentary course at the National Film and Television School.

Sarah Hartley is a creative producer, whose personal practice spans a range of media, including visual arts, textiles and graphics. She works at the intersection of art, education and the criminal justice system and firmly believes in the role creativity has to play in enabling positive change and shaping a rehabilitative culture. For the last 15 years Sarah has worked for Novus, who deliver education, training and employment opportunities for adults and young people in custody and the community, and is currently Lead for Creative Art, Enrichment and Families. She formulates creative enrichment opportunities to span across all curriculum areas, bringing a new dynamic to the classroom through projects that empower learners to shape their experiences and develop their skills. Sarah’s current interest is working to demonstrate the impact that creative practice has on reducing reoffending and to sustain the methodology.

Emma Case is a visual artist and creative producer working with communities, focusing on themes around nostalgia, archives and the everyday. She is currently Artist in Residence at Open Eye Gallery working with Clickmoor, a process-led photography group based in North Liverpool. Emma also runs The RED Archive, a community project collecting and sharing Liverpool fans’ personal photos and stories. Emma is Social Practice Producer at Open Eye Gallery. Supporting our socially engaged programme, working with communities and partners across Liverpool and the City region.

Novus delivers education, training, enrichment, employment and support services for adults and young people in custody through to the community in England and Wales. For almost 30 years they have been helping men, women and children of all ages and abilities, in custodial and community settings, to take new directions, by providing them with the learning, skills and opportunity needed to build positive futures for themselves, their families, and our communities. They work together with our public, community and employer partners towards shared aims, helping individuals turn their lives around. They are part of LTE Group, a UK social enterprise dedicated to improving lives and economic success through learning and skills. The Group is made up of five specialist organisations – The Manchester College, UCEN Manchester, Novus, MOL and Total People – all with a shared mission and values.


Artist-in-residence Hafsah Nibe and Sarah Hartley from Novus, who provide learning, skills and opportunity for those in custodial settings to help them build positive futures, discuss Open Eye Gallery’s pilot prison photography programme, reaching incarcerated people and their families using photography as a communicative tool. Run in partnership with Novus and HMP Risley, the programme explored how photography and creativity can be used as a tool for self-expression as well as learning new skills to aid rehabilitation.

At the beginning of the project, we hosted Open Rooms #2: Separated Together which explored the ethics, limitations and logistics of embarking on a photography project within prison settings. In this follow up event, Hafsah and Sarah will reflect on the project and the adaptations in creative practice and facilitation that had to be made due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Panellists

Hafsah Naib is a visual artist; filmmaker and writer based in Manchester originally from a biomedical science and fine art background. She is the founder and director of Working Class Film School; a youth filmmaking project currently working with partners and communities in Wales, Nepal and Hong Kong. Hafsah also teaches on the Self-Shooting Documentary course at the National Film and Television School.

Sarah Hartley is a creative producer, whose personal practice spans a range of media, including visual arts, textiles and graphics. She works at the intersection of art, education and the criminal justice system and firmly believes in the role creativity has to play in enabling positive change and shaping a rehabilitative culture. For the last 15 years Sarah has worked for Novus, who deliver education, training and employment opportunities for adults and young people in custody and the community, and is currently Lead for Creative Art, Enrichment and Families. She formulates creative enrichment opportunities to span across all curriculum areas, bringing a new dynamic to the classroom through projects that empower learners to shape their experiences and develop their skills. Sarah’s current interest is working to demonstrate the impact that creative practice has on reducing reoffending and to sustain the methodology.

Emma Case is a visual artist and creative producer working with communities, focusing on themes around nostalgia, archives and the everyday. She is currently Artist in Residence at Open Eye Gallery working with Clickmoor, a process-led photography group based in North Liverpool. Emma also runs The RED Archive, a community project collecting and sharing Liverpool fans’ personal photos and stories. Emma is Social Practice Producer at Open Eye Gallery. Supporting our socially engaged programme, working with communities and partners across Liverpool and the City region.

Novus delivers education, training, enrichment, employment and support services for adults and young people in custody through to the community in England and Wales. For almost 30 years they have been helping men, women and children of all ages and abilities, in custodial and community settings, to take new directions, by providing them with the learning, skills and opportunity needed to build positive futures for themselves, their families, and our communities. They work together with our public, community and employer partners towards shared aims, helping individuals turn their lives around. They are part of LTE Group, a UK social enterprise dedicated to improving lives and economic success through learning and skills. The Group is made up of five specialist organisations – The Manchester College, UCEN Manchester, Novus, MOL and Total People – all with a shared mission and values.

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