Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery

At a glance

Causes

  • Arts

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
International

Objectives

Open Eye Gallery is a leading photography organisation and charity with a base in a purpose-built space in an iconic building on Liverpool’s prestigious Waterfront. We are the only dedicated photography gallery in the North West of England and receive core funding from Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

Our programme begins with people - with local, regional and international communities – and it is built around the agency of photographs and photographers. We work with people to push for social change and we lead on socially engaged photography nationally. Bringing different voices, photographers and communities together, we establish projects where the collaborative process is just as important as the final product.

Activities

We’re more than a galleryWe’re actively rethinking what a gallery can be. We produce exhibitions, long-term collaborative projects, publications, festivals, and university courses — locally and worldwide. We welcome over 85,000 visitors to our gallery every year, over 200,000 to projects in other venues, and many more to our online spaces. We proactively take risks to spark crucial conversations and enable creative expression.

We work with people to push for social changeWe’re taking a lead on socially engaged photography nationally. Bringing different voices, photographers and communities together, we establish projects where the collaborative process is just as important as the final product.

All welcome, always!We act and communicate in a way that is generous, nurturing and friendly. We want everyone to make themselves at home in our spaces and join us in celebrating difference, speaking out against racism and all discrimination. We seek to include, always.  

We’re open source and free to useAs much as possible, our staff, space, online channels and networks are open and free for people to use. Our open processes and platforms make it easy to contribute to and co-author our programme. 

Our work goes from grassroots to globalPhotography is a tremendously powerful way of bringing different cultures into conversation together. We work with local residents and international partners to support representation, empathy, equality and inclusivity.

We are committed to addressing the climate emergencyAt Open Eye Gallery we are committed to sustainable practices, working to reduce our impact on the environment. We have embedded monitoring and reporting on our carbon usage and updating our knowledge via staff training and active learning with climate focussed groups. We actively engage as members of the Liverpool City Region sustainability network for cultural organisations and fully support Liverpool and Liverpool City Region in their actions towards zero carbon emissions. Our programming utilises the tremendous power of photography to bring communities together to affect positive social and environmental change. Our national lead for socially engaged photography and our extensive partnerships enable us to work with environmental experts, creative and community activists, providing platforms to champion their work in neighbourhood and public spaces across the north west.

Current opportunities

Merseyside, L3 1BP

Open Eye Gallery is dedicated to building an open & inclusive organisation, with a team that represents the different backgrounds,...