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ASSEMBLIES: OPEN EYE HUB

16 September 2022

VR: Visualising Pollution – Whitby High School

23 June - 28 June 2022

VR: “There is an I…” – UCEN, Manchester

2 July - 5 July 2022

Exhibitions

COMING SOON: Clickmoor on Climate

15 August - 4 September 2022

Exhibitions

COMING SOON: LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL @ WIGAN AND LEIGH

1 October 2022

Exhibitions

Make, Mend and Sustain – Digital Window Gallery

14 July - 4 September 2022

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LOOKBOOK CLUB: THE OVERSTORY BY RICHARD POWERS, Pages 1-28

25 September 2022

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Guided Walk: Bats of Sefton Park

1 September 2022

Exhibitions

A Portrait of the High Street @ Prescot Town Centre

25 July 2022

Exhibitions

Reclaiming @ Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

13 August 2022

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GUIDED WALK: The Veteran Trees of Childwall Woods #2

27 August 2022

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Guided Walk: Bees of Sefton Park

31 July - 31 July 2022

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Guided Walk: A History of Sefton Park Landscape

21 August 2022

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GUIDED WALK: The Veteran Trees of Childwall Woods #1

6 August 2022

Exhibitions

WIGAN AND LEIGH COLLEGE STUDENTS

14 July - 4 September 2022

COMING SOON: MIMESIS: A BEAT BEFORE THE RAPTURE @ NEW ADELPI ATRIUM

19 October - 16 November 2022

Exhibitions

COMING SOON: ARE YOU LIVING COMFORTABLY? @ NEW ADELPHI EXHIBITION GALLERY

10 October - 23 December 2022

Exhibitions

Before it Melts into Solid: Carmel College Students

14 July - 4 September 2022

LOOK Events Events

Journal Launch: Coast to Coast to Coast

13 August 2022

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Writing Workshop: Listening to the River Mersey with Maria Isakova-Bennett

13 August 2022

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ROOTING FOR THE FUTURE: Growing Culture, Community and Creativity

4 September 2022

COMING SOON: Let’s Grow Preston

23 July 2022

Exhibitions

DOT-ART ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS

14 July - 28 July 2022

Past Events

An evening with Guillemot Press Poets

22 July 2022

Exhibitions Open Source Exhibitions

OPEN SOURCE #24 DARAGH DRAKE: ANAM CARA

14 July - 18 August 2022

Exhibitions

MWALULA – HELLEN SONGA @ LIVERPOOL GROWING SPACES

11 July - 4 September 2022

Past Events

LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Launch Party

14 July 2022

Past Events

Visual Studies X Open Eye Gallery Roundtable

14 July 2022

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LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2022: CLIMATE

15 July - 4 September 2022

Past Exhibitions

Make, Mend & Sustain @ Chester Charity Shops

8 July - 5 August 2022

LOOK Events Past Exhibitions

Before it Melts into Solid @ World of Glass, St. Helens

30 June - 26 July 2022

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Student Exhibitions: “There is an I…” – UCEN, Manchester

2 July - 5 July 2022

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Our Planet, Our Future! A conversation on Sustainable Futures in St Helens

9 July - 9 July 2022

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Planting for the Planet @ RHS Garden Bridgewater

27 May - 27 August 2022

Past Events

Whose High Street is it? Unlocking Creative Futures in Our Own Town Centres

29 June 2022

Events

POETRY READING: 100 Years of The Waste Land

17 November - 17 November 2022

Events

National Poetry Day Celebration: The Environment

6 October 2022

Past Exhibitions

(Re)Production: Parenthood and the Art World

16 June - 3 July 2022

Past Events

In Conversation: Mindful Photo Project

2 July 2022

Past Exhibitions

Mindful Photo Project @ HMP Thorncross

9 June - 6 July 2022

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Student Exhibitions: Whitby High School

23 June - 28 June 2022

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Student Exhibitions: Hugh Baird University Centre

18 June - 21 June 2022

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VR: Follow The River, Follow The Thread

1 April - 12 June 2022

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Sustainability – Climate Change and the impact from Industry

17 May 2022

Open Source Exhibitions

Open Source #22: Bags For Life – Luke Saxon

1 May - 31 May 2022

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VR: LOOK Climate Lab 2022

13 January - 20 March 2022

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An evening with Maytree Poets

28 April 2022

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Recovery in Focus & Inside Stories

14 May 2022

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Homo Humour film screening & Q&A

7 May 2022

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Painting the Mersey in 17 Canvases Coast to Coast to Coast

21 May 2022

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Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

WEDS 8 SEPT / 6.30 PM / TWITCH / BOOK HERE

Crossing Sectors is an Open Eye Gallery training program for socially engaged photographers. It supports practitioners to explore how culture can be co-authored with a variety of cross-sector organisations and participants. 

This year, we offered two Crossing Sectors participants micro commission opportunities in the lead up to LOOK Photo Biennial 2022, which will be centred on climate catastrophe and environmental concerns. The two commissioned participants, Marge Bradshaw and Ciara Leeming, developed socially engaged projects which responded to the climate crisis locally.

Marge Bradshaw explored the loss of green space to housing and industrial development which is happening in her town of Westhoughton, Greater Manchester. This involved testing out different participatory approaches to instigate a creative conversation about the local environment, record and document what might be lost or gained, share photography skills and provide a creative outlet for sharing hopes and fears. You can see some of the photographs and stories created by local runners, the wider community and Marge in Howfen Spaces

Ciara Leeming engaged with the litter-picking community across Greater Manchester. Many councils have started providing equipment to community members, encouraging the growth of volunteer litter picking groups. Ciara connected with online groups across the region, inviting members to send photographs of items found during their picks and to share their thoughts about this environmental crisis and their motivations for taking action. More than 30 people contributed, sending her 450 images. She also attended litter picks across the city, making portraits of litter pickers which were then worked into collages, along with items she collected from the streets. The work, Picking up the Pieces, can be seen here

Joining us for this event, Marge and Ciara will be in discussion with Emma Case, Open Eye Gallery’s Social Practice Producer, to discuss the Crossing Sectors program and the resultant micro commissions.

 

About the panel 

Marge Bradshaw is a socially engaged documentary and portrait photographer interested in people, place, and heritage. Based in Westhoughton, Bolton, she uses a mixture of photography and ethnographic research to share the authentic stories of participants; often giving a platform for voices who are not usually heard. With a particular interest in inclusive practice, her work has previously been exhibited at the Science Museum, London, Museums Northumberland, and Bolton Museum & Art Gallery.  

Ciara Leeming is a photographer and writer based in Manchester. She has worked on collaborative documentary projects with groups poorly served by the media, including Roma migrants, and is now developing a socially engaged practice.

About LOOK Photo Biennial 2022

LOOK Photo Biennial is delivered by Open Eye Gallery. Every two years, we work with local, national and international partners to build a programme that exchanges culture and learning. The theme of LOOK Photo Biennial 2022 will be centred on climate catastrophe and environmental concerns. We’ll use photography and visual culture as a way of understanding the past, present and future impacts on communities, audiences and people around the globe. We’ll do this by looking at climate migrancy, the history of land and water management, where our food, clothes and electronic items come from and how this will be impacted by restricted resources, and how photography has been used as a tool to tell us about ourselves and our heritage.

Image: Marge Bradshaw

 

WEDS 8 SEPT / 6.30 PM / TWITCH / BOOK HERE

Crossing Sectors is an Open Eye Gallery training program for socially engaged photographers. It supports practitioners to explore how culture can be co-authored with a variety of cross-sector organisations and participants. 

This year, we offered two Crossing Sectors participants micro commission opportunities in the lead up to LOOK Photo Biennial 2022, which will be centred on climate catastrophe and environmental concerns. The two commissioned participants, Marge Bradshaw and Ciara Leeming, developed socially engaged projects which responded to the climate crisis locally.

Marge Bradshaw explored the loss of green space to housing and industrial development which is happening in her town of Westhoughton, Greater Manchester. This involved testing out different participatory approaches to instigate a creative conversation about the local environment, record and document what might be lost or gained, share photography skills and provide a creative outlet for sharing hopes and fears. You can see some of the photographs and stories created by local runners, the wider community and Marge in Howfen Spaces

Ciara Leeming engaged with the litter-picking community across Greater Manchester. Many councils have started providing equipment to community members, encouraging the growth of volunteer litter picking groups. Ciara connected with online groups across the region, inviting members to send photographs of items found during their picks and to share their thoughts about this environmental crisis and their motivations for taking action. More than 30 people contributed, sending her 450 images. She also attended litter picks across the city, making portraits of litter pickers which were then worked into collages, along with items she collected from the streets. The work, Picking up the Pieces, can be seen here

Joining us for this event, Marge and Ciara will be in discussion with Emma Case, Open Eye Gallery’s Social Practice Producer, to discuss the Crossing Sectors program and the resultant micro commissions.

 

About the panel 

Marge Bradshaw is a socially engaged documentary and portrait photographer interested in people, place, and heritage. Based in Westhoughton, Bolton, she uses a mixture of photography and ethnographic research to share the authentic stories of participants; often giving a platform for voices who are not usually heard. With a particular interest in inclusive practice, her work has previously been exhibited at the Science Museum, London, Museums Northumberland, and Bolton Museum & Art Gallery.  

Ciara Leeming is a photographer and writer based in Manchester. She has worked on collaborative documentary projects with groups poorly served by the media, including Roma migrants, and is now developing a socially engaged practice.

About LOOK Photo Biennial 2022

LOOK Photo Biennial is delivered by Open Eye Gallery. Every two years, we work with local, national and international partners to build a programme that exchanges culture and learning. The theme of LOOK Photo Biennial 2022 will be centred on climate catastrophe and environmental concerns. We’ll use photography and visual culture as a way of understanding the past, present and future impacts on communities, audiences and people around the globe. We’ll do this by looking at climate migrancy, the history of land and water management, where our food, clothes and electronic items come from and how this will be impacted by restricted resources, and how photography has been used as a tool to tell us about ourselves and our heritage.

Image: Marge Bradshaw

 

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