All our exhibitions are FREE. The Gallery is open: Mon – Fri 10am – 5.30pm, Sat 10am – 3pm. Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.
Creative Connections 2 14 January – 18 February
This exhibition is the culmination of the fourth term’s activity in a special programme for Halton primary schools developed in partnership with the Mersey Gateway Project. Construction consortium Merseylink has worked with Halton Borough Council and the Accent Music Education Hub to support Creative Connections, a programme of artists in residence working across the arts on three themes linked to the construction of the new Mersey crossing.
Led by Arts Development at Halton Borough Council, and developed in consultation with artists and teachers, this work has involved 19 primary schools in Halton, and aimed to get pupils thinking imaginatively about Halton’s new bridge and road project.
The programme focuses on three themes related to the construction of the Mersey Gateway Bridge. These are Halton’s natural environment, design and construction related to bridge building, and local history.
This term six local primary schools; Bridgewater Park Primary School, Brookfields School, Gorsewood Primary School, St Bede’s Catholic Infant School, St Edward’s Catholic Primary School and The Brow Community Primary School have worked with artists Kate Bufton, Jojo Gleave, Handstand Films, One Red Shoe and Angela Sidwell, between them exploring all the themes and creating new work in in film, relief panels, sculpture, willow and book art.
The programme was generously supported by Accent Music Education Hub and their Arts & Cultural Education Commission and Merseylink, who are provided funding to subsidise the costs of schools’ participation.
Auto Agents 4 March – 15 April
Auto Agents is an exhibition curated by the AaA collective, a group of five people with learning disabilities. It explores what it means to be independent by making your own decisions, which comes from the collective’s personal knowledge and experiences around the continued lack of choice and control many people with learning disabilities face.
Auto Agents features new commissions by artists from The Royal Standard studio in Liverpool. This includes an interactive artwork by James Harper that sees audiences controlling a sculpture through various independent mechanisms, as well as a limited edition book designed by Mark Simmonds and work from London based artist Alaena Turner.
Culture Shifts 1 July – 2 September
Culture Shifts is a new and exciting socially engaged photography programme, working with 10 national and international photographers embedded in communities across 7 areas of Liverpool City Region. It aims to support communities to explore their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.
Working with photographers Gary Bratchford and Robert Parkinson, communities across Halton CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are exploring barriers to health and wellbeing, and how photography can challenge pre-existing ideas and fears to exploring this topic.
A selection of all work created across Liverpool City Region will culminate in a Culture Shifts exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, in September 2017, which will also celebrate the partnerships across the City Region and the power of photography to creatively engage us all.