Events and Exhibitions


Past Events and Exhibitions

9 June 2013, 13:30 to 14:30

Free exhibition tour led by our curatorial team, no booking required, just turn up.

19 May 2013, 14:30 to 15:30

Open Eye Gallery presents a discussion on key themes in contemporary art photography between exhibiting artist, Eva Stenram, and art historian and author, Lucy Soutter.

Stenram’s work explores the flux of perception through manipulation of acquired negatives and source photographs, and is considered in Soutter’s latest publication ‘Why Art Photography?’ (2013).

Lucy Soutter is a photographer, critic and art historian. She teaches in the Department of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art and has written about contemporary art and photography.’

2 March 2013 to 5 May 2013

Born in Brussels in 1976, Manchester-based Mishka Henner’s work explores and subverts the value of photography in today’s media-saturated world.

His images derive from a multitude of sources – the Internet, satellite imagery and television, as well as the precious canon of photography, calling to question the idea of authorship and challenging traditional associations of photography through a singular viewpoint.

2 March 2013 to 5 May 2013

Austrian born Edith Tudor-Hart (1908 – 1973) was a photographer, Communist-sympathiser and spy for the Soviet Union, who used photography as a tool to communicate her political ideas.

She studied photography at the Bauhaus and fled Vienna in 1933 to escape persecution for Communist activities and her Jewish background.

7 December 2012 to 17 February 2013

A Lecture Upon The Shadow brings together new work by six artists from the North West and Shanghai.

Using different approaches, the artists play with light, shadow and form to re-imagine familiar situations, exploring photography’s relationship to illusion and the everyday.

The exhibition takes its title from a poem by the English Renaissance poet John Donne. It is a unique collaboration between Open Eye and ShanghART.

7 December 2012 to 17 February 2013

This exhibition brings together a selection of E. Chambré Hardman’s landscapes taken over a forty-year period.

Curated by Julia García Hernández, it is delivered in partnership with the National Trust.

Irish-born Edward Chambré Hardman (b.1898 d.1988) is best known for his photograph The Birth of the Ark Royal (1950) and for the highly successful commercial portrait studio that he ran on Liverpool’s Bold Street from 1923, and Rodney Street from 1949.

15 September 2012 to 25 November 2012

American artist Mark Morrisroe was 30 years old when he died from an AIDS-related illness in 1989. In the final years of his short life Morrisroe produced photograms using x-ray imagery of his own body alongside cuttings from pornographic magazines and other ephemera.

This archive exhibition forms part of Liverpool Biennial 2012 – The Unexpected Guest.

Image: courtesy of The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur.

15 September 2012 to 25 November 2012

Using colour as a primary material, Sinta Tantra creates architectural interventions on a grand scale.

Taking the Liverpool Biennial's theme (of The Unexpected Guest) as a point of departure, Tantra reflects upon how buildings welcome or repel us, and how bodies navigate environments shaped from light, colour and physical structures.

Tantra’s intervention will transform the external facade of Open Eye Gallery and the public space adjoining it, creating a spectacle of submergence and superabundance.

15 September 2012 to 25 November 2012

First exhibited in Tokyo in 1979, Kohei Yoshiyuki’s (Japan, b. 1946) twin projects 'The Park' and 'Love Hotel' ignited furious debate about photography’s relationship with voyeurism and surveillance.

In The Park, as observer, and with his camera loaded with infrared flashbulbs and film, he photographed in three different Tokyo parks over several years. The resulting body of work captures heterosexual and homosexual couples engaged in sexual activity, and the peeping toms who stalked them.

29 October 2012, 10:30 to 17:00

In this hands-on masterclass, delivered in partnership with Redeye and Open Eye, Kenny will guide participants through the camera-less art of the photogram, giving people the opportunity to create their own unique images using darkroom processes.

Developed over the last thirty-five years, Paul Kenny’s exquisite images have evolved through a range of camera-less techniques. With an increasing move towards abstraction, Kenny’s work focuses on awe-inspiring details of the landscape, addressing ideas of fragility, beauty and transience.

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