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Open Eye Gallery is delighted to appoint Liverpool based poet Pauline Rowe as our first Writer in Residence. Over the next five months Pauline will be leading a programme of creative writing interventions and workshops, inviting writers to respond to our programme, develop new writing and explore opportunities to work with photographers.

Open  Eye  Gallery’s Executive  Director,  Sarah Fisher  said:

Photography has an easy affinity with the written word, poetry, new and experimental writing, and Open Eye Gallery is delighted to welcome Pauline Rowe as our first Writer in Residence. Pauline shares the Gallery’s collaborative ethos and interest in collective creative experimentation. The programme is part of our developing partnership with the University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing and our thanks goes to them and the University’s LiNK programme for their support”

Professor Deryn  Rees-Jones, Department of  English, School of the  Arts, University  of Liverpool  said:

“We are very happy to be working with Open Eye Gallery in such an exciting way. The establishment of the residency will provoke useful dialogue between photographers and poets, establishing new and creative contexts for practitioners from visual and literary arts as well as developing important links with communities across Liverpool”

New Writer  in  Residence,  Pauline Rowe  said:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Open Eye Gallery at the start of an innovative project working with and exploring the ways writing and photography can speak new words, new responses, new relationships”

Pauline first got the chance to work with the Gallery through the LiNK programme at the University of Liverpool and continuing work is being supported by the universities’ Centre for New and International Writing. She has 2 poetry collections, also works as a poet delivering projects at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, and is currently doing a PHD at Liverpool University. Pauline lives with her husband and 6 children.   /

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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.

Founded in 1977 Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool. One of the UK’s leading photography spaces, Open Eye Gallery is the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West of England. Open Eye Gallery has consistently championed photography as an art form that is relevant to everyone. It promotes the practice, enjoyment and understanding of photography by creating challenging and entertaining opportunities to experience and appreciate distinctive, innovative photographs.

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 gallery’s position at the heart of the regenerated Waterfront – next to the Museum of Liverpool and a stone’s throw from Tate Liverpool and Albert Dock – cements its commitment to the city and its vibrant cultural life.

As well as presenting a programme of international, high-quality exhibitions Open Eye Gallery houses a permanent Archive containing photographs dating from the 1930s to the present day. The gallery also commissions Wall Works – large-scale graphic art installations for the external facade of the gallery.


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