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15 August 2017

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The Art of Social Mobility with Tate Liverpool

20 November - 25 October 2018

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She Dreams – Yan Wang Preston

24 September - 5 November 2018

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Homotopia: Alaska

23 November 2018

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Homotopia: Ancestral Constellations

26 November 2018

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Homotopia: Brews and Brows

27 November 2018

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Wake Up Together

15 November - 17 February 2019

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Homotopia: Twin Peaks

29 November 2018

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19 September - 25 September 2018

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209 Women Crowdfunder

6 September - 17 October 2018

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XU ZHEN: OPTIMIZING

13 July - 7 September 2018

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HIDDEN WORLDS

14 July - 16 July 2018

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New Brighton Revisited

14 July - 25 August 2018

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SEEING FUTURES: HUGH BAIRD PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES & ALUMNI

29 June 2018

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‘ELLESMERE PORT’ WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXHIBITION

22 June 2018

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Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful World Where Are You?

14 July - 28 October 2018

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China Conversation

17 June 2018

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MA Course Brief

1 September 2018

Main Exhibition

Our North

28 March - 30 March 2018

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Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity

6 April 2018

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The Pier Head – Tom Wood

12 January - 25 March 2018

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Ferry Folk

11 January - 25 March 2018

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Culture Shifts: Local

6 October - 22 December 2017

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Finding Fangorn

26 October - 26 November 2017

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Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

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OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

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Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

28 October - 18 December 2016

Wall Work

40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

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North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

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Culture Shifts: Global

7 April - 18 June 2017

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Life Beyond Diagnosis

9 October 2016

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Home Is A Person/ L8: The World Lived Here

9 October 2016

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POSITIVE CHANGES

9 October 2016

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WINDS OF CHANGE

9 October 2016

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St Helens

9 October 2016

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As and When

9 October 2016

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Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

Culture Shifts

Animator Training

9 October 2016

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Liverpool Biennial 2016

9 July - 16 October 2016

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Walter & Zoniel: Spectra

9 July - 16 October 2016

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Tromarama

9 July - 31 July 2016

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Telling Tales

6 July - 11 July 2016

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Collected Possibilities

15 June - 19 June 2016

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Open 2: Pieces of You

15 April - 5 June 2016

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Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman

15 January - 3 April 2016

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Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism

2 March - 29 April 2013

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Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities

2 March - 29 April 2013

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A Lecture Upon The Shadow

7 December - 17 February 2013

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Kohei Yoshiyuki: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

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Still Outside (Or Unexplained)

22 June - 2 September 2012

Still Outside (or Unexplained) presents four artists, from the UK, France and Switzerland. They share common ground, closely observing and reworking parts of their environments that might otherwise be unseen or neglected. Using still and moving images, they question what we see as natural and artificial, and what we think we know about the world around us.

Pietro Mattioli’s (b. Switzerland) series Two Thousand Light Years from Homereveals a hidden landscape in the artist’s immediate surroundings. Mattioli took these pictures at night, as his child slept, over three seasons in 2006-7, never straying beyond the reach of his baby monitor’s signal. Pools of light from his camera’s flash isolate and transform an array of familiar objects. The project documents Mattioli’s nocturnal wanderings and creates a catalogue of hidden beauty in the everyday.

Nicolas Milhé’s (b. France) work explores power, surveillance and the seductiveness of images. Open Eye Gallery presents a 3 metre-long sculpture emblazoned with a gigantic image of a tranquil Alpine landscape. Penetrated by a vertical arrow-slit aperture, it transforms the gallery into a territory under surveillance and a place of potential violence. Here, Milhé points to a sinister terrain behind the idealised image of the northern European landscape. For him the image is a mask that conceals the harsher realities of contemporary politics.

In her video work Uncomfortable Silence i (2012), Rebecca Lennon (b. UK) meticulously spray-paints white a series of objects selected from the detritus of a city street. The gesture recalls the marks that mysteriously appear on roads before works begin, or the white lines that mark the location of a corpse at a murder scene. Executed according to its own enigmatic, ritualistic logic, each action reclaims and transforms its object.

Rebecca also presents a large-scale sound installation, This is what they built the ship with (2011), in the high-tech, glazed concourse adjacent to the gallery. In what the artist describes as a “call from the wild, in reverse”, the calls of seagulls, sampled from YouTube and auto-tuned to assume an eerie perfection, will burst intermittently into the space.

Alison Stolwood (b. UK) takes a critical look at the idea of nature as something apart, pure and picturesque. Her photographs highlight the ways in which time and perception act on the landscape. They hint darkly at something that is both a product of our interference with the environment, and elements of it that are beyond our control.

Stolwood writes: “I like to isolate a small part of our infinitely complex surroundings, in order to think about the impossibility of understanding the whole. I use the lens as an aid to observation and as a tool for manipulation, power and control.”

Open Eye Gallery was founded in 1977 in the former Grapes Hotel in central Liverpool. As well as one of the UK’s first photography galleries, it housed darkrooms, film and video production facilities and recording studios, which played a major part in Liverpool’s vibrant 1980s music scene. The title for this exhibition, Still Outside (or Unexplained), is borrowed from the B-side of a 7″ single by the new wave band Systems, published by Open Eye Records in 1981.

Still Outside (or Unexplained) presents four artists, from the UK, France and Switzerland. They share common ground, closely observing and reworking parts of their environments that might otherwise be unseen or neglected. Using still and moving images, they question what we see as natural and artificial, and what we think we know about the world around us.

Pietro Mattioli’s (b. Switzerland) series Two Thousand Light Years from Homereveals a hidden landscape in the artist’s immediate surroundings. Mattioli took these pictures at night, as his child slept, over three seasons in 2006-7, never straying beyond the reach of his baby monitor’s signal. Pools of light from his camera’s flash isolate and transform an array of familiar objects. The project documents Mattioli’s nocturnal wanderings and creates a catalogue of hidden beauty in the everyday.

Nicolas Milhé’s (b. France) work explores power, surveillance and the seductiveness of images. Open Eye Gallery presents a 3 metre-long sculpture emblazoned with a gigantic image of a tranquil Alpine landscape. Penetrated by a vertical arrow-slit aperture, it transforms the gallery into a territory under surveillance and a place of potential violence. Here, Milhé points to a sinister terrain behind the idealised image of the northern European landscape. For him the image is a mask that conceals the harsher realities of contemporary politics.

In her video work Uncomfortable Silence i (2012), Rebecca Lennon (b. UK) meticulously spray-paints white a series of objects selected from the detritus of a city street. The gesture recalls the marks that mysteriously appear on roads before works begin, or the white lines that mark the location of a corpse at a murder scene. Executed according to its own enigmatic, ritualistic logic, each action reclaims and transforms its object.

Rebecca also presents a large-scale sound installation, This is what they built the ship with (2011), in the high-tech, glazed concourse adjacent to the gallery. In what the artist describes as a “call from the wild, in reverse”, the calls of seagulls, sampled from YouTube and auto-tuned to assume an eerie perfection, will burst intermittently into the space.

Alison Stolwood (b. UK) takes a critical look at the idea of nature as something apart, pure and picturesque. Her photographs highlight the ways in which time and perception act on the landscape. They hint darkly at something that is both a product of our interference with the environment, and elements of it that are beyond our control.

Stolwood writes: “I like to isolate a small part of our infinitely complex surroundings, in order to think about the impossibility of understanding the whole. I use the lens as an aid to observation and as a tool for manipulation, power and control.”

Open Eye Gallery was founded in 1977 in the former Grapes Hotel in central Liverpool. As well as one of the UK’s first photography galleries, it housed darkrooms, film and video production facilities and recording studios, which played a major part in Liverpool’s vibrant 1980s music scene. The title for this exhibition, Still Outside (or Unexplained), is borrowed from the B-side of a 7″ single by the new wave band Systems, published by Open Eye Records in 1981.

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