Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery
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We believe photography is for everyone and can be meaningful, informing our present and inspiring positive futures.

Open Eye Gallery works 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.

Open Eye Gallery has consistently championed photography as an art form that is relevant to everyone. We promote the practice, enjoyment and understanding of photography by creating challenging and entertaining opportunities to experience and appreciate distinctive, innovative photographs.

As well as presenting a programme of international, high-quality exhibitions we also house a permanent Archive containing photographs from the 1930s to the present day.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sun, 10.30-17.30

Closed: Sun, Mon

Admission charges


Additional info

There is level access to the gallery entrance and the Mann Island covered public space where we are located. Inside the gallery there are two ground floor spaces joined by a flat corridor, an accessible toilet and a platform lift to the second floor gallery. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Flow2: The Pioneers

  • 19 May 2017 5-10pm

Internationally renowned pianist David Braid and innovative 13-piece orchestra Sinfonia UK Collective perform a bewitching classical-jazz crossover exploring time and landscape.

Features newly-commissioned compositions on the subject of time and temporality. David is joined by the 13-piece Sinfonia UK Collective, an innovative ensemble dedicated to bringing new and unusual compositions to life, conducted by Liverpool-born Lee Tsang.

Recognised worldwide, David Braid is a Scottish-Canadian Steinway artist, a two time Juno Award winner and a double Canadian Academy Screen Award nominee for 2017.

Supported with public funding from National Lottery through Arts Council England, University of Hull, Canada Council for the Arts and Steinway & Sons.

Exhibition Culture Shifts: Global, exploring the city and urbanism through outsiders’ eyes, is also open.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Culture Shifts: Tadhg Devlin & SURF

  • 19 May 2017 5-10pm

Digital light-based installation of work from the collaboration between photographer Tadhg Devlin and the SURF Dementia network group. This work forms part of recent Culture Shifts programme Life Beyond Diagnosis, a photography project seeking to break the stigma around dementia
looking beyond the condition to the lives of individuals.

The SURF project sought to champion how people with early onset dementia can live more independent lives and contribute to a better informed society. The series of photographs, created in collaboration with members of SURF, convey their experiences – often extremely difficult to describe in words – through powerful images.

The work has previously been shown as part of the Tate Exchange programme, and compiled into a newspaper format for wider distribution around Merseyside.

Exhibition Culture Shifts: Global, exploring the city and urbanism through outsiders’ eyes, is also open.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Cluny MCR

Artist Talk: Cluny MCR

  • 27 April 2017 6-7:30pm

Thursday 27 April / 6pm-7.30pm / Free / Booking Required

Cluny MCR is a Manchester based creative online and print platform featuring a diverse range of work from emerging and lesser-known artists from around Greater Manchester. Founders Louis Haynes and Jake Macleod will be joining us to discuss how and why they set up the Cluny, working in collaboration and how you can get involved. Louis and Jake will also be bringing along contributing artists who will discuss their practice.

The fourth issue The Love Issue, their first printed publication, explores themes of lust, romance, sex and relationships through the art of photography, graphics & illustration, film, music, mix tape and writing – the 6 consistent facets which make up the Cluny.

Louis and Jake will also be discussing their plans for the Cluny, broadening their scope in Manchester, before moving future issues to feature Leeds and Liverpool, and developing an interactive mobile application with live updates of work around the city.

The next printed issue will be based around the theme of Life & Death. To submit you work email or, who always welcome the opportunity to feature new artists.

The Love Issue is available to purchase in our independent gallery shop for £6, and this issue comes with a free condom!


The event is free, however booking is required. Reserve your place at Open Eye Gallery, call +44 (0)151 236 6768 or email


Open Eye Gallery
9 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront
L3 1BP

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0151 709 9460


0151 709 3059

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