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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 Source #21: Ancestral Folk – Eunice Pais

1 April - 30 April 2022

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Follow The River, Follow The Thread

1 April - 12 June 2022

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Saturday Girl About Town at Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Wigan

28 January 2022

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WE

31 March - 1 May 2022

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Who Cares? – Symposium exploring the role of art & design in health & care

26 April 2022

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Socially Engaged Photography Network: North West regional meet up event ‘Co-authoring the Collection’ 

28 April 2022

HOPE COMMUNITY GARDEN/ FEEDING LIVERPOOL: REIMAGINING YOUR FUTURE FOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD

9 March 2022

SESSION 3: DERELICTION TO DELICIOUS

11 March 2022

PELOTON COOP: JOY RIDE

18 March 2022

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DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY: Grow Your Own

23 February - 20 March 2022

Taking Root Bootle – Growing on the Streets: Involving local residents In greening up public spaces

10 March 2022

Liverpool Food Growers Network: Panel Discussion

12 March 2022

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ECOSYSTEM 2: OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

19 February - 20 March 2022

SCOUSE FLOWERHOUSE

2 March - 5 March 2022

Session 3: Windowsill Growing with Croxteth Community Garden

12 March 2022

Taster Menu

11 March 2022

Session 2: Dereliction to delicious

11 March 2022

Session 2: Introduction to beekeeping

11 March 2022

Session 1: Dereliction to delicious

11 March 2022

Session 1: Introduction to Beekeeping

11 March 2022

Session 2: Windowsill Growing with Croxteth Community Garden

10 March 2022

Session 2: Relax and Grow

10 March 2022

Session 1: Windowsill Growing with Croxteth Community Garden

10 March 2022

Session 1: Relax and Grow

10 March 2022

Compost Works – An Introduction into Composting

9 March 2022

Hope Community Garden/ Feeding Liverpool: Reimagining your Future Food Neighbourhood

9 March 2022

Liverpool Food Growers Network: Rethinking our Food System

9 March - 12 March 2022

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VR: NOVUS: Restricted Views – Creative Outlooks

1 December - 12 December 2021

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VR: Collective Matters

1 October - 12 December 2021

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Digital Window Gallery: On the Brink

27 January - 19 March 2022

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Open Source #20: Matt Dunne

9 February - 28 February 2022

Arts Groupie Workshops

26 February - 19 March 2022

TREE: Live Storytelling Session

19 March 2022

Horti-Culture Sharing Sessions with Arts Groupie and Incredible Edible

19 March - 9 March 2022

Liver Bird Safari with Arts Groupie

26 February - 26 February 2022

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Shop the Look Project with Emma Summerscales Open studio

11 February 2022

Mersey Green Map

4 February - 14 March 2022

Climate Cafés

26 January - 9 March 2022

Growing Sudley CIC: Nature’s Apothecary Workshops

23 January - 6 March 2022

Cyanotype Workshop with Edd Carr

25 February 2022

Read Now Write Now: Climate Champions Writing Workshops

30 January - 17 March 2022

Hope and Fear

25 January - 30 March 2022

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Peloton Liverpool Cooperative

16 February - 18 February 2022

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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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