A socially engaged photography project commissioned by the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
The project and exhibitions are part of a larger project called Culture Shifts: Local, which presents collaboratively produced photography from eight socially engaged photography projects across Liverpool.
The residency entailed working in collaboration with a group of older women from Northwood in Kirkby, who are part of the Golden Years group. The project acted as a welcome return home for me, I grew up in the very area the women are based.
A number of women from the Golden Years group are known for breaking down stereotypes of being an older resident despite age, health and mobility. As testimony to this, as volunteers, they recently took on a soon to be closed centre in Northwood to keep a community hub alive. These women, some of whom have lived in Kirkby for over 50 years, moved to the area on the promise of fresh air, outdoor space and a cleaner, better life away from the Liverpool city “slums”.
Winds of Change brings together a series of collaboratively devised and produced photographs, which reflects these women’s lives and activism for their local area.
Exhibitions: Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley 18 Sept 2017 – 13 Jan 2018 Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 6 Oct – 22 Dec 2017.
Photographs (unless otherwise stated) by Tony Mallon and the Golden Year’s Group.
This project has been funded by the Strategic Touring Fund – Arts Council England, Open Eye Gallery & Knowsley Council.