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6 July 2024

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22 May 2024

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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

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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

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Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

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VR: NOVUS: Restricted Views – Creative Outlooks

1 December - 12 December 2021

Restricted Views – Creative Outlooks is a programme of work reflecting long term photographic collaborations between artists Simon Bray, Hafsah Naib and learners from HMP Thorn Cross and HMP Risley. The project is a co-commission by Open Eye Gallery and NOVUS. 

Combining the skills of socially engaged photographers with the life experiences of both learners within prison settings and their families, the programme explored how photography and creativity can be used as a tool for self-expression, to enhance family relationships, as well as learning new skills to aid rehabilitation.

The work exhibited here in gallery 2 shares both the journeys and processes explored as well as the final visual outputs produced by both sets of learners. 

VIEW IT HERE

Novus Install shot

Simon Bray and learners from HMP Thorn Cross 

Simon Bray began working with learners from HMP Thorn Cross to explore what role photographers and photography plays in society today, and what visual stories they as individuals might want to tell. 

The learners played with ideas of photo-elicitation and visual metaphors photographing objects and spaces around them and engaging with personal family images. They also tried out studio based and portraiture work as part of a gallery visit to Open Eye Gallery. Each learner went on to curate their own selection of final images to be shared within the exhibition. Collectively the images produced show a journey for each learner, not only in the development of their technical photographic skills, but also in their ability to find and shape meaning in imagery to tell  poetic stories. Their work reflects issues of the past with aspirations of the future. 

Simon Bray is a Manchester based artist and creative producer, utilising photography, text and audio to explore notions of loss, place and intimacy. Through project collaborations with artists and participants, he looks to encourage the exploration of our connection with each other, the world around us and how we perceive those things through memory, time, shared experience and emotional response.

 

Hafsah Naib and learners from HMP Risley 

This collaboration with learners at HMP Risley actually began back in spring 2020, with a pilot project set to work around the additional limitation of the Covid19 pandemic. The project was adapted to offer learners the opportunity to engage through individual postal pack resources and activities, all of which needed to work just within the prison cell setting. 

Hafsah designed individually tailored and created resources which enabled the men to explore cameraless photographic techniques including collage and cyanotype processes as well as drawing and writing.  

The works produced not only showcases the creativity and adaptability of both the artist and men involved, but highlights how a slower pace of engagement – through postal and later socially distanced cell door discussion, could actually open up new ways for individual narratives to flourish. An accompanying screenplay script sits alongside the photographic artworks in gallery 2, exploring conversations shared and relationships forged. 

Hafsah Naib comes from a biomedical science and fine art background and is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Manchester. Her work with ‘others’ is conventionally understood as socially engaged and she continues to develop immersive and embodied approaches to making work through experimental, collaborative and alternative ways.

Restricted Views – Creative Outlooks is a programme of work reflecting long term photographic collaborations between artists Simon Bray, Hafsah Naib and learners from HMP Thorn Cross and HMP Risley. The project is a co-commission by Open Eye Gallery and NOVUS. 

Combining the skills of socially engaged photographers with the life experiences of both learners within prison settings and their families, the programme explored how photography and creativity can be used as a tool for self-expression, to enhance family relationships, as well as learning new skills to aid rehabilitation.

The work exhibited here in gallery 2 shares both the journeys and processes explored as well as the final visual outputs produced by both sets of learners. 

VIEW IT HERE

Novus Install shot

Simon Bray and learners from HMP Thorn Cross 

Simon Bray began working with learners from HMP Thorn Cross to explore what role photographers and photography plays in society today, and what visual stories they as individuals might want to tell. 

The learners played with ideas of photo-elicitation and visual metaphors photographing objects and spaces around them and engaging with personal family images. They also tried out studio based and portraiture work as part of a gallery visit to Open Eye Gallery. Each learner went on to curate their own selection of final images to be shared within the exhibition. Collectively the images produced show a journey for each learner, not only in the development of their technical photographic skills, but also in their ability to find and shape meaning in imagery to tell  poetic stories. Their work reflects issues of the past with aspirations of the future. 

Simon Bray is a Manchester based artist and creative producer, utilising photography, text and audio to explore notions of loss, place and intimacy. Through project collaborations with artists and participants, he looks to encourage the exploration of our connection with each other, the world around us and how we perceive those things through memory, time, shared experience and emotional response.

 

Hafsah Naib and learners from HMP Risley 

This collaboration with learners at HMP Risley actually began back in spring 2020, with a pilot project set to work around the additional limitation of the Covid19 pandemic. The project was adapted to offer learners the opportunity to engage through individual postal pack resources and activities, all of which needed to work just within the prison cell setting. 

Hafsah designed individually tailored and created resources which enabled the men to explore cameraless photographic techniques including collage and cyanotype processes as well as drawing and writing.  

The works produced not only showcases the creativity and adaptability of both the artist and men involved, but highlights how a slower pace of engagement – through postal and later socially distanced cell door discussion, could actually open up new ways for individual narratives to flourish. An accompanying screenplay script sits alongside the photographic artworks in gallery 2, exploring conversations shared and relationships forged. 

Hafsah Naib comes from a biomedical science and fine art background and is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Manchester. Her work with ‘others’ is conventionally understood as socially engaged and she continues to develop immersive and embodied approaches to making work through experimental, collaborative and alternative ways.

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