The Art of Social Mobility with Open Eye Gallery and Tate Exchange

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Tuesday 20 November – Sunday 26 November at Tate Liverpool

Hosted by communities, cross sector partners and their collaborating photographic artists from across the city region, in partnership with Open Eye Gallery.

Each day, one of Open Eye’s community groups or partners will take over the Tate Exchange space with workshops, presentations and provocations about their projects.

Schedule of Exchanges:

Tuesday 20 NovemberCreativity in the Care Sector (10am – 4pm)

Community Integrated Care, Age Exchange and Widnes Vikings Rugby Club will be discussing their approaches to active social mobility and creativity in the care sector.

Morning: A showcase with Widnes Vikings Golden Generation and the Chemics Café project, followed by a workshop on arts and reminisce with Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Living well – a workshop exploring models of support for living well with dementia, followed with a workshop by Age-Exchange.

Wednesday 21 November – My Clubmoor

Local residents from MyClubmoor will be taking over the Tate Exchange space to demonstrate how they are working towards creating a community of committed, active and inspirational people to make Clubmoor the best it can be.

11am – 1pm – Shared Reading session

2 – 3.30pm – Alternative line dancing

Thursday 22 November – Kirkby Futures

Northwood Golden Years group and fellow Kirkby residents are discussing their new photography and film project Kirkby Futures with photographic artist and filmmaker Tony Mallon and Jemma O’Brien.

Join them for a game of Boccia or take part in their conversational portraits, offering portraits of the public in exchange for conversation about their new project exploring the regeneration of their area.

11am – 12pm – Drop in Boccia

1 – 2pm

2 – 3pm – Drop in ‘Boccia’

3 – 4pm – ‘Conversational Portraits’ session

Friday 23 NovemberKnow thy Neighbour

Residents of Windmill Hill and the wider Runcorn area present an afternoon of performances, based on their on-going collaboration with photographic artists and filmmaker, Gary Bratchford, Robert Parkinson and Adam Mead.

12 – 12.30pm – Provocation by local resident Irene – How the estate has changed since we began

12.30 – 12.45pm – Break

12.45- 2pm – Artist discussion – where were up to now – residents’ thoughts?

2.15 – 5pm) – Live portrait studio sound-tracked by local resident, Peter Moore

Saturday 24 NovemberFrom Past to Present

Screenings at 10 – 11am and 11.15am – 12.15pm
Local over-60s group, Digital Ambassadors worked in collaboration with photographic artist Liz Wewiora to explore and re-animate the history of our Mersey Ferries and the surrounding areas.  With thanks to North West Film archive the group has created their own unique filmed narrative of the city’s rich history.

2 – 4pm – Now things make sense
An open room discussion with photographer Tadhg Devlin and project partners. This event will help to discuss a new and on-going project, Now things make sense, using photography to explore how dementia is perceived in BAME communities in the North West.

Partners including: Mersey care NHS Foundation, SURF, Al Rajma mosque, Kuumba Imani Centre, Steve Biko Housing Assocation, Irish Community Care, Chinese Wellbeing, African Elders, One Voice – Blackburn, Al Ghazali Centre and Liverpool Arabic Centre.

Sunday 25 November – A summary of social mobility

The morning will present a selection of screenings from the entire week’s events.

1.30  – 4pm – Open Eye Gallery creative writer in residence Pauline Rowe will be delivering a free creative writing workshop responding to the themes of each of the week’s projects to date, with social mobility at their core. *Please note this event needs to be booked*

For more information please contact Open Eye by calling 0151 236 6768 or email

This project is part of the Young At Art programme in partnership with FACT and Happy Older People’s Network, supported by Celebrating Age fund by Arts Council England and Baring Foundation.

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