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Discuss and Exchange: Photography as a Socially Engaged Practice - Open Eye with Associated Artists

  • Scottish Queen (S1 Artspace former building) 21 - 24 South Street Park Hill Flats, Hyde Park, Sheffield S2 5QX (map)

Open Eye Gallery’s Head of Engagement and photographic artist, Liz Wewiora will open up the session by discussing recent projects exploring how photographers and communities can co-author culture. Liz will also discuss the rise amongst the sector in championing socially engaged photography practice, including plans for a new national network.

Photographic artist and Open Eye Gallery associate Tony Mallon will discuss his previous and on-going collaborative project with local residents from Kirkby (Merseyside), asking why does long term engagement matter? Creative writer Pauline Rowe will discuss the multi-disciplinary approach she takes to her creative writing work with communities in arts and health. She will ask what role photography and creative writing can play together for socially engaged arts practice? The session will then be handed over to the audience to continue the discussions and provocations raised by the presentations.

Come and find out how you can get involved in this new and exciting network.

About Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool. We believe photography is for everyone and can be meaningful, informing our present and inspiring positive futures. We work with people to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, to tell stories, to inquire, to reflect on humanity’s past and present, and to celebrate its diversity and creativity. Right now, we’re working towards becoming a more useful gallery for all, putting socially engaged photography practice at the heart of what we do.

We present an international programme of contemporary photography exhibitions at our Liverpool Waterfront gallery, elsewhere in the UK, and further afield.  We also programme workshops, talks and evening events, and house a permanent archive of diverse photographs. We support established and emerging artists, developing practical, critical and professional skills among photography practitioners. Alongside University of Salford, we co-deliver an MA in socially engaged photography practice. We also offer training and development opportunities to people within our local community.

(Image: Peel Site, Winds of Change, Tony Mallon and Northwood's Golden Years group, 2017)