Culture Shifts: Local

6 Oct 2017 – 23 Dec 2017

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Open Eye Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom


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  • The nearest bus station is at Liverpool ONE, but some buses drop off at the Pier Head, right next door to the gallery. Merseytravel has details of local bus services.
  • By train We are 20 minutes walk from Lime Street station ' Liverpool's mainline railway station. James Street station, served by Wirral Line trains, is a two minute walk. Moorfields station, served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is a five minute w

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Collaboratively produced work from eight socially engaged photography projects across Liverpool, looking at how people can use photography today.


Photography has become a crucial part of the way that we communicate with each other every day, a kind of language of its own. How, then, can this global language be used in a way that unites communities and champions positive change?

Culture Shifts: Local presents collaboratively produced photography from eight socially engaged photography projects across Liverpool. The work demonstrates how photography as an art practice can be used to help communities define themselves, bridge cultural divides and communicate the vital issues of today.

The projects are all part of the citywide, long-term Culture Shifts project. Each of the eight projects involves select photographers working alongside one or more groups, including a support and services network for women of colour, residents of Granby Four Streets in Toxteth (site of the infamous riots in ‘81, and home of the Turner prize-winning Assemble project in 2015), people living with dementia, and youth groups dedicated to LGBT+ support and Youth Parliament.

A selection of the work will be presented at Open Eye Gallery throughout Autumn 2017, with an additional solo offsite exhibition for each project in a space in the neighbourhood of each community featured: a total of eight exhibitions.

Unlike documentary photography, the staging, selection and production of the images has been decided between the groups and the photographs they were working with. Because of this, the question of who took the image has little importance. This is part of Open Eye Gallery’s mission to champion socially engaged photography – photo-based projects that are participatory, in which the collaborative and conversational process of creating the photos is just as important as the final pieces.


Full list of Photographers and Community groups:

Tadhg Devlin with SURF Dementia Network group

Andrew Jackson, Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley with Granby 4 Streets CLT

Tony Mallon with Women from Northwood Golden Years group

Gary Bratchford and Robert Parkinson with Widnes Golden Generation group and the Women of Windmill Hill

Colin McPherson with New Beginnings and Sefton Youth Voice group

Stephanie Wynne and Steph Fawcett with Tomorrow’s Women Wirral and women from Wirral Change

Stephen King with Communities from St. Helen’s steel, glass and canal industries

This programme has been funded by the Strategic Touring Fund, Arts Council England. Open Eye Gallery’s core funders are Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

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