A few weeks ago, Axis team members, Jules and Lucy visited the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool to make a short film about the Collective Matters project. You can watch the film below.
Collective Matters is an exhibition showcasing the outcomes of three socially engaged photography projects taking across the North West of England since 2018. Presenting work created collaboratively with and by three local community groups—much of it completed during the Covid-19 lockdowns—the project is a testament to the positive, affirming, even life-changing potential of making art.
Haven, a project by Stephanie Wynne and Wirral Women focuses on the places and memories that help to sustain us during times of difficulty. Presented as three-dimensional dioramas housed in vintage drawers, using images that capture a range of experiences and ideas about safety and home, the work provides a counterpoint to the predominantly two-dimensional digital spaces that many of us have inhabited since the pandemic.
Clickmoor is a display created and curated by Emma Case, Katherine Monaghan and the Clickmoor photography collective which offers insight into the disparate lives and processes of its members as they navigate the ‘new normal’ and develop their burgeoning practices as photographers.
Just Between Friends by Robert Parkinson, Gary Bratchford and the newly-renamed Phoenix Amateur Photography Group (PAP) from Castlefields, Runcorn is a powerful audio-visual installation reflecting on the relationships between community and institution, city and suburb, as well as how acts of conversation, walking and photography contribute to a sense of belonging and resilience.
The Collective Matters exhibition runs until 12 December at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. For more information, check out the Open Eye Gallery website: https://openeye.org.uk
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A film about Social Works?: Live, a celebration and exploration of socially engaged practice which took place at Manchester School of Art on 26 April 2019.
Diana Ali is a Nottingham-based artist, curator, lecturer, mentor and TV presenter! Diana originally trained as a painter but has since moved into making films, using vintage found footage in the form of 8mm video recordings.
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