Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Tabitha Jussa

17 September - 6 November 2021

Main Exhibition

Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

Exhibitions

Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

30 September - 31 October 2021

Events

Open Rooms #16: Agency of Women

23 September 2021

Projects

PLATFORM ISSUE 04: CROSSROADS

10 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Our Lands

23 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

Imagining Disaster: Essay Series

30 August 2021

Exhibitions

Rivers of the World

6 September 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

Instagram Residency: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

30 August - 5 September 2021

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PLATFORM: Issue 4 Launch Party

10 September 2021

Past Events

Imagining Disaster: Contemporary Art X Science Fiction

2 September 2021

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Open Rooms #15: Common Ground

8 September 2021

Past Events

Launch Party: One Day At A Time

19 August 2021

Past Events

Open Eye Gallery book club presents: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

9 September 2021

Exhibitions

Sam Batley: ONE DAY AT A TIME

18 August - 19 September 2021

Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Past Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

Past 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

Past Exhibitions

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

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Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

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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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