Founded in 1977, Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool. It is one of the UK’s leading photography spaces and the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West of England.
Open Eye Gallery has consistently championed photography as an artform which 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, the gallery also houses a permanent archive containing photographs from the 1930s to the present day. The gallery also supports established and emerging artists, by helping them develop practical, critical and professional skills. It also offers training and development opportunities to people within the local community.
In November 2011, Open Eye Gallery re-launched in a brand new, purpose-built home in one of the city’s most prestigious and prominent new developments on the Liverpool Waterfront. The Waterfront Gallery opens onto a large covered public square and is split over two floors. On the ground floor, the international programme of cutting edge contemporary photography is exhibited. It also commissions Wall Works - large-scale graphic art installations for the external facade of the gallery.