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European Poetry Festival : Liverpool Camarade

6 July 2024

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Webinar: Socially Engaged Photography

22 May 2024

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JOURNEY TO EDEN @ DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY

6 May - 12 May 2024

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MARRIAGE (IN)EQUALITY IN UKRAINE. Screening and a panel discussion

9 May 2024

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Casey Orr artist talk and SEPN North West meet-up

18 May 2024

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Poetry reading: Coast to Coast to Coast

11 May 2024

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National Pavilion of Ukraine @ Venice Biennale

20 April - 24 November 2024

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Open Source 28: Sam Patton – Room to Breathe @ Digital Window Gallery

10 April - 18 May 2024

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Forward, Together @ Wigan & Leigh Archives, Leigh Town Hall

23 March - 28 September 2024

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As She Likes It: Christine Beckett @ The Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

1 March - 30 June 2024

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Shifting Horizons @ Digital Window Gallery

27 March - 31 March 2024

PLATFORM: ISSUE 6

26 March 2024

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Saturday Town: Launch Event

10 April 2024

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Saturday Town

11 April - 19 May 2024

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PLATFORM: ZINE LAUNCH EVENT

21 March 2024

Home. Ukrainian Photography, UK Words: Tour

4 March - 28 February 2025

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Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

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CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

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We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

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Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

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Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February - 31 May 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 31 March 2024

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Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

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Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

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Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

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LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

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Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

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Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

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Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

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Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

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We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

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Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

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End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

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Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

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Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

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Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

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Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

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Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024

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Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024

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Force For Nature Exhibition

27 March - 28 March 2024

Voices of Nature: Interactive Performances

28 March 2024

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Sum of All Parts: Symposium

27 February 2024

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

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MA Socially engaged photography Open Day event

1 February 2023

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Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

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Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023

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Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024

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Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

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VR: An Ecology of Care

VIEW THE VR HERE

 

An Ecology of Care brings together a series of socially engaged projects reflecting the intimate stories of care, relationships and resilience within our community. ‘Care’ and ‘community’ have become buzzwords in recent years, but the projects included in this exhibition attempt to highlight the genuine power of collective discussion and action from those with lived experiences in relation to health and social care.

Photographer Tadhg Devlin presents two collaborative projects Bound/Frayed and Across the Kitchen Table (Who is the Community?).

Bound/Frayed reflects a year-long project between Tadhg Devlin and a number of staff and people supported by the social care charity, Community Integrated Care. Together they have been co-authoring images which represent the experience of working in the care sector in some of the most challenging moments, whilst also celebrating the everyday work to support people who access social care, which is often hidden from the public. These powerful portraits capture an important moment of resilience in our society, made during equally challenging times.

Tadhg Devlin has also been working in collaboration with people living with dementia in Liverpool and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, to develop Across the Kitchen Table (Who is the Community?). Within society there is often a negative assumption that dementia is only associated with loss. The conversations and images captured in this work challenge this belief and demonstrate the importance of maintaining existing relationships, and developing new ones, following a diagnosis of dementia.

The participants in this work spoke passionately about the importance of meeting others in the same position as themselves, their peers, and the transformational impact this could have on quality of life. They highlighted the many benefits of coming together to offer insight, share experiences, perspectives and the difficulties of some of the issues around dementia. Without these experiences, often in groups, many of these individuals would be isolated in their experience of living with the disease. Throughout the country, support offered post diagnosis varies greatly with many areas offering very little support whatsoever.

By discussing the positives of coming together and forming strong supportive relationships the group hopes to raise awareness and to initiate conversations in other parts of the country to form similar groups, make connections and to offer support for those who can often be overlooked. An activity booklet has also been co-produced with designer Amrit Randhawa, that is hoped will help others in the future and to show the power of bringing people together.

Open Eye Gallery are also delighted to be showcasing the national touring programme, Holding Time by photographic artist Lisa Creagh. Commissioned by Improving Me, the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership, the Holding Time project aims to overturn preconceptions, challenge stereotypes and improve breastfeeding rates in the local area. Local mothers were invited to share their experiences in video interviews and participate in writing workshops and a photoshoot. Across audio, video, animation and stills, the mothers discuss breastfeeding in all its complexity, calling into question the barriers that still mean many women who want to breastfeed stop before they are ready.

Throughout 2021 Lisa worked with local mothers including a day-long event of workshops and discussions held here within our gallery. We are excited to welcome these womens’ stories back to the gallery space as an installation piece before it tours to local community and health spaces across the region in November 2022, as part of the ‘Baby Week’ programme.

We will also share work from our graduates from the University of Salford Socially Engaged Photography Masters course. Joseph Lee presents his Mindful Photo project postcard series. The project explores the potential of a combined practice of mindfulness and photography to forge connections, through a series of collaborative workshop sessions with various groups across the North West of England and Wales.

Vilija Subkute’s publication, Alone documents the lives of over 60s who lived alone during the Covid19 pandemic through imagery and personal testimony created by each participant, alongside Vilija’s portraiture work. Both works sit within our gallery’s reading corner, alongside a previous work by Tadhg Devlin, Amelia and Amelia; a DIY survival guide for caring for someone living with Dementia. This publication was co-produced with participant Amelia Roach, which traces the reality of her experiences caring for a family member living with dementia.

This programme has been funded by our Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Access and Participation Fund.

VIEW THE VR HERE

 

An Ecology of Care brings together a series of socially engaged projects reflecting the intimate stories of care, relationships and resilience within our community. ‘Care’ and ‘community’ have become buzzwords in recent years, but the projects included in this exhibition attempt to highlight the genuine power of collective discussion and action from those with lived experiences in relation to health and social care.

Photographer Tadhg Devlin presents two collaborative projects Bound/Frayed and Across the Kitchen Table (Who is the Community?).

Bound/Frayed reflects a year-long project between Tadhg Devlin and a number of staff and people supported by the social care charity, Community Integrated Care. Together they have been co-authoring images which represent the experience of working in the care sector in some of the most challenging moments, whilst also celebrating the everyday work to support people who access social care, which is often hidden from the public. These powerful portraits capture an important moment of resilience in our society, made during equally challenging times.

Tadhg Devlin has also been working in collaboration with people living with dementia in Liverpool and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, to develop Across the Kitchen Table (Who is the Community?). Within society there is often a negative assumption that dementia is only associated with loss. The conversations and images captured in this work challenge this belief and demonstrate the importance of maintaining existing relationships, and developing new ones, following a diagnosis of dementia.

The participants in this work spoke passionately about the importance of meeting others in the same position as themselves, their peers, and the transformational impact this could have on quality of life. They highlighted the many benefits of coming together to offer insight, share experiences, perspectives and the difficulties of some of the issues around dementia. Without these experiences, often in groups, many of these individuals would be isolated in their experience of living with the disease. Throughout the country, support offered post diagnosis varies greatly with many areas offering very little support whatsoever.

By discussing the positives of coming together and forming strong supportive relationships the group hopes to raise awareness and to initiate conversations in other parts of the country to form similar groups, make connections and to offer support for those who can often be overlooked. An activity booklet has also been co-produced with designer Amrit Randhawa, that is hoped will help others in the future and to show the power of bringing people together.

Open Eye Gallery are also delighted to be showcasing the national touring programme, Holding Time by photographic artist Lisa Creagh. Commissioned by Improving Me, the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership, the Holding Time project aims to overturn preconceptions, challenge stereotypes and improve breastfeeding rates in the local area. Local mothers were invited to share their experiences in video interviews and participate in writing workshops and a photoshoot. Across audio, video, animation and stills, the mothers discuss breastfeeding in all its complexity, calling into question the barriers that still mean many women who want to breastfeed stop before they are ready.

Throughout 2021 Lisa worked with local mothers including a day-long event of workshops and discussions held here within our gallery. We are excited to welcome these womens’ stories back to the gallery space as an installation piece before it tours to local community and health spaces across the region in November 2022, as part of the ‘Baby Week’ programme.

We will also share work from our graduates from the University of Salford Socially Engaged Photography Masters course. Joseph Lee presents his Mindful Photo project postcard series. The project explores the potential of a combined practice of mindfulness and photography to forge connections, through a series of collaborative workshop sessions with various groups across the North West of England and Wales.

Vilija Subkute’s publication, Alone documents the lives of over 60s who lived alone during the Covid19 pandemic through imagery and personal testimony created by each participant, alongside Vilija’s portraiture work. Both works sit within our gallery’s reading corner, alongside a previous work by Tadhg Devlin, Amelia and Amelia; a DIY survival guide for caring for someone living with Dementia. This publication was co-produced with participant Amelia Roach, which traces the reality of her experiences caring for a family member living with dementia.

This programme has been funded by our Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Access and Participation Fund.

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