Open Eye Gallery, the north west’s only photography gallery, is preparing to move to brand new premises in the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront after receiving a £100,000 award through Arts Council England and the National Lottery.
The new premises on Mann Island will be constructed to allow Open Eye Gallery the opportunity to offer new gallery and education spaces, as well as giving the public access to the gallery’s extensive print collection. Open Eye Gallery is one of the UK’s leading photography galleries and is regularly funded by Arts Council England.
Sarah Fisher, Head of Visual Art says: 'Liverpool has an exceptional offer for those interested in exhibitions, with Open Eye providing an insightful photography programme. The Gallery's move to Mann Island will mean they finally have the exhibition space to match their international ambitions.'
Patrick Henry, Chief Executive of Open Eye Gallery, says: ‘The National Lottery award takes us a step closer to our new home at the heart of the Liverpool waterfront. A larger, more flexible space - twice the size of our current premises - will help us to build up our artistic and engagement programmes, reach more people and raise our ambition all-round. This is great news for Open Eye Gallery, for Liverpool and for photography in the UK.’
The North West’s only gallery to focus exclusively on photography, Open Eye was established in 1977.