A Place of Our Own is a group exhibition that brings together the local stories of people across Walton (North Liverpool), Prescot (Knowsley) and Chester town centre.

What connects these three projects is a pride in people’s memories and associations with each place, but also an acknowledgement of redevelopment and regeneration needed within each area. Like many urban areas across the country, and particularly across the North West, there lies a fine balance in celebrating local heritage and culture while making room for the new. And who else is best placed to discuss this issue other than those that live and work on those streets?

A Portrait of the High Street. Photographic artist Tony Mallon has been working in collaboration with local residents from Prescot since the summer 2021. He invited people to set up a local photography group to reimagine the high street and create a contemporary portrait of the area.

With cameras in their own hands, through Tony’s support, the local residents have become the documenters of their own community, using a combination of street photography and portrait techniques to tell their stories.

Suzanne St Clare and Chester Traders. For the past two and a half years Suzanne has been working with business owners trading on the historical Rows in Chester. Together they’ve been chatting about how these business owners came to Chester, their community, challenges, the quirkiness of independent trading and their love and passion for this beautiful, historic city.

Inspired by photographers such as Daido Moriyama, Gregory Crewdson and Julia Fullerton-Batten, the traders and Suzanne have been working together to create a series of stunning images and video works that document the daily lives, stories and individuals who make up this local high street.

Our Home. Our Place. Our Space. A project by photographer Lucy Hunter, Walton Youth and Community project and the wider community of Walton. Lucy worked for over a year in the area with residents, trying different camera techniques and exploring the area through photowalks and portraiture to share their perspectives and experiences of the local area. Photographers Sarah Weights and Tricia Grant-Hanlon also assisted with the project.

This project is connected to a broader programme of cultural interventions in the County Road Area, which is part of Culture Liverpool’s Next Generation Neighbourhood Projects.

The Chester and Prescot projects are part of the Picturing High Streets, a three-year project led by Photoworks, which includes six photographer-in-residence programmes at six high street locations across England, as well as artist mentoring, a digital nationwide mass participation project and a national touring outdoor exhibition.

There will also be Reflections group exhibition on the Open Eye Gallery exterior wall and cafe area. Artists and photographers have been working with communities whose stories are seldom heard to capture their experiences of Covid-19.

The High Streets Cultural Programme is the widest-reaching, community-led arts and heritage programme in the public realm that has ever been organised, led by Historic England in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Image Credit Tony Mallon

Event Date: Thursday 28th September 2023 - Friday 22nd December 2023

Categories: Arts | exhibition | Photography

Contact Details: Open Eye Gallery, Tel: 0151 236 6768

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