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Address: 19 Mann Island | Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1BP, England
Phone Number: +44 151 236 6768
10:30 - 17:30
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 17:30

Founded in 1977 Open Eye is an independent not-for-profit photography...

Founded in 1977 Open Eye is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool.We are 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 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.We support established and emerging artists, developing practical, critical and professional skills among photography practitioners; we also offer training and development opportunities to people within our local community.

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Interesting little place

You wouldn't even know this place was here. I stopped in one day, the place is very small, there is only a few rooms. The photos and them was very interesting though. It isn't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 July 2016
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Llanymynech, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We were intrigued by the galley from a previous visit to Liverpool and decided to make a trip from Cheshire. Being an amateur photographer myself I anticipated that the gallery would contain images which I would find interesting. To say it was a disappointment would be an understatement, the exhibits were very "abstract" and uninteresting and as far as I... More 

Thank John T
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

You wouldn't even know this place was here. I stopped in one day, the place is very small, there is only a few rooms. The photos and them was very interesting though. It isn't somewhere I would come out of my way too, but worth a visit if you are passing

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I tend to visit each time there is a new exhibition. I must say that the work us not always to my taste, but photography is a very diverse subject and cannot ever appeal to everyone. It is a veritable oasis of peace and calm and always well worth a visit. There are events held, and the shop has a... More 

Thank Rod_B552
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The gallery is on the small side but has lots to show and is very modern and a very unusual gift shop too.

Thank Ethan E
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Small gallery but the exhibition we saw was great. Well laid out, pleasant staff also. They had a children's activity outside when we visited Saturday. Massive space however, feel like they could use it a bit better.

Thank gizzy4charlie
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

The exhibition this weekend was about the LGBT communities, although we have no connection with them we found it very interesting, especially the part showing the Gay & TG people living in the culverts of Jamaica. Worth seeing just for that.

Thank Lewis K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

So very simple and small space. Current exhibit as of 15/10/15 is called Rise by photographer Zanele Muholi. Her work is primarily portraits of South African LGBT community. The substantial amounts of monochrome portraits were stunning. There was a wealth of additional information. The pamphlet and accompanying films provided fascinating context. Two delightful knowledgeable staff on front of house were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

Only three or so galleries, but well laid out. The photos were accompanied by interesting and informative text - particularly the room devoted to photos of young people in US detention centres.

Thank Squid397
Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

We are not art enthusiasts but loved the photos in here and the stories behind them. The ones in the US jails were really thought-provoking. Our children were mesmerised. Not too much to see but very worthwhile.

Thank The12Powells
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

Every time we do a circuit of the dock and then walk into town we pop in and it never disappoints. High quality exhibitions.Superb gallery. I wish they had more room to display but put it on your regular list of places to visit.

Thank peter2873

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