Exhibitions

VR: Wirral Hospitals’ School and MaxLiteracy Award

10 June - 3 September 2021

Exhibitions

Return To Nature

30 July 2021

Exhibitions Past Exhibitions

VR: First Light New Northern Graduates Exhibition

22 May - 4 July 2021

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

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

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

Exhibitions

Hanging out: Interviews

23 March - 5 April 2021

Exhibitions

Digital Window Gallery: Independents Biennial

18 March - 6 June 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight: Corrupted Archives

30 March 2021

Past Events

First Light Spotlight – Connecting new photography with writing

16 March 2021

Past Events

OPEN ROOMS #11: ON THE CORNERS OF ARGYLE AND GLENWOOD – PHOTOBOOK IN COLLABORATION

11 March 2021

Freelance Photographer in Residence Position

23 February 2021

Family Page

23 February 2021

About Alternative Lens

23 February 2021

Projects

Introducing Energy House

23 February 2021

Past Events

Open Rooms #10: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

25 February 2021

The Course

12 February 2021

Past Events

PLATFORM ISSUE 3: HOPE

12 February 2021

Events

OPEN CALL: THE STORY OF LIVERPOOL THROUGH ITS TREES

1 January - 30 April 2021

Past Events

OPEN CALL: HOMETOWNS

11 February - 31 March 2021

Past Events

WHAT WE DO IN LOCKDOWN

5 January 2021

HYPERTEXT: Books Beyond Bars – Felix McNulty in conversation with Sarah Jane Baker

28 November 2020

HYPERTEXT: Ruth White – The Role of the Photobook in Representing the British Working Classes

28 November 2020

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We Are Nature

30 July - 14 August 2021

AT MESNES PARK

Throughout the past year getting outdoors and exploring the green open spaces close to home has become more important than ever. For a long time, we were told to stay at home and the only break from this was to go for our daily allotted hour of exercise in our local area. Those who found themselves visiting the parks and green spaces on their doorsteps found a return to nature that offered an escape from the pressures of the unfolding pandemic.

Now that the U.K is beginning to reopen, photography students from the Wigan and Leigh College have explored what coming outside again and immersing yourself in the green landscape means to people from across the borough. The students have been conducting interviews with people in Mesnes park about their connections to the park and the way the green space is used and enjoyed. 

Commissioned by Wigan Council and Open Eye Gallery for Wigan Arts Festival 2021, the final photographs will be installed in a series of public photography exhibitions in Mesnes Park in the centre of Wigan. 

A parallel exhibition called Return To Nature by photographers and residents from across the Wigan borough will be exhibited at Pennington Flash Country Park and Haigh Hall Woodland Country Park for the duration of the Wigan Arts Festival.

Wigan and Leigh College 

School for the Arts is a Centre of Excellence based at Wigan and Leigh College and offers a wide range of arts based courses up to BA (Hons), preparing students for careers in the Creative Sector. 

Wigan Arts Festival 2021

A consortium of local cultural organisations: The Old Courts, The Turnpike, WigLe Dance, Leigh Film Society, Leigh Spinners Mill, Wigan STEAM and Wigan Council working in partnership to deliver Wigan Arts Festival 2021

Image: Courtesy of the artist Hannah Bates

AT MESNES PARK

Throughout the past year getting outdoors and exploring the green open spaces close to home has become more important than ever. For a long time, we were told to stay at home and the only break from this was to go for our daily allotted hour of exercise in our local area. Those who found themselves visiting the parks and green spaces on their doorsteps found a return to nature that offered an escape from the pressures of the unfolding pandemic.

Now that the U.K is beginning to reopen, photography students from the Wigan and Leigh College have explored what coming outside again and immersing yourself in the green landscape means to people from across the borough. The students have been conducting interviews with people in Mesnes park about their connections to the park and the way the green space is used and enjoyed. 

Commissioned by Wigan Council and Open Eye Gallery for Wigan Arts Festival 2021, the final photographs will be installed in a series of public photography exhibitions in Mesnes Park in the centre of Wigan. 

A parallel exhibition called Return To Nature by photographers and residents from across the Wigan borough will be exhibited at Pennington Flash Country Park and Haigh Hall Woodland Country Park for the duration of the Wigan Arts Festival.

Wigan and Leigh College 

School for the Arts is a Centre of Excellence based at Wigan and Leigh College and offers a wide range of arts based courses up to BA (Hons), preparing students for careers in the Creative Sector. 

Wigan Arts Festival 2021

A consortium of local cultural organisations: The Old Courts, The Turnpike, WigLe Dance, Leigh Film Society, Leigh Spinners Mill, Wigan STEAM and Wigan Council working in partnership to deliver Wigan Arts Festival 2021

Image: Courtesy of the artist Hannah Bates

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