› Mon, 28 May 2018
Quiet Room Exhibition
A collaboration between myself & The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. I was given access to their unique photographic archives, which Ied me to reflect on the interaction between their archives & my project, Homeless. Homeless moved beyond the human presence to explore & examine the spaces & experience of living in homeless hostels in Merseyside during 2014-15. Exhibited as part of LOOK/15, Liverpool’s international photography festival & at the Unseen Photo Festival, Amsterdam in 2015. Project supported using public funding by Arts Council England & The National Lottery.
It was fascinating to discover these homeless hostel interiors from the past, void of human presence however so rich in detail & evocative. The pairings of the archival with my contemporary shots have given these images a new dimension & a re-connection to the past.
The exhibition is held at the William Booth College, London until the 30 June 2018
› Mon, 28 May 2018
Residency – Open Eye Gallery
A photography & film project engaging Kirkby residents including the Golden Year’s Group. Weekly workshops began in April 2018 at Northwood Community Centre & we have been exploring the changing built environment in Kirkby & in particular the town centre which is being re-developed. We are very fortunate to have two photographers involved in the project, Jay Brooks & John Wakefield. Both of these are Kirkby residents & have been documenting Kirkby for over 25 years. The group have been fascinated to get a glimpse into their archives which has unearthed many memories/stories.
Photograph by Emily Bryant
› Mon, 05 Feb 2018
Open Eye Gallery – Culture Shifts: Learning Lab 29 Jan 2018
How Can We Co-author Culture
This was a one day event held at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport which invited a host of guest speakers from across the photography, cultural, health, social housing, youth service and community sector to come together and discuss some of the most pertinent topics and debates today, and how the visual arts – particularly photography – can play an active role in them.
I presented the Winds of Change Project as part of the ‘From Community Activism to a Civic Role’ segment. This was followed by a chaired discussion with Northwood & Granby residents & fellow Culture Shifts photographers, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley.
Photograph by Liz Wewiora
› Mon, 05 Feb 2018
State of the Nation – Tate Liverpool – Tate Exchange – 26 Jan 2018
I was invited by the co-founders of the Museum of Homelessness (MOH), Matt & Jess Turtle to take part in State of the Nation, a week programme of events, installations & talks that explored the homelessness crisis in the UK. I presented my project, ‘Homelessness’ a photographic project for LOOK/15 (Liverpool’s International Photography Festival) which moved beyond the human presence to explore, examine & document through photography & text, the spaces & experience of living in homeless hostels in Merseyside during 2014-15.
It was also an opportunity to find out more about the work of MOH & Frequently Asked Questions, a project developed in collaboration between artist Anthony Luvera & Gerald Mclaverty.
The afternoon finished with a powerful presentation/performance from Greater Manchester Housing Action. They’re a coalition of individuals, communities, charities and workers unions, who aim to build an alliance that bridges the gap between academics and direct activity, and collectively develop solutions to the housing crisis in Greater Manchester. Look out for their very informative zine.
Photograph by Jessica Fairclough
› Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Winds of Change Brochure
› Mon, 30 Oct 2017
Winds of Change Exhibition Reviews – Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley
By Patrick Kirk-Smith, Art in Liverpool, October 27, 2017:
By Liz Wewiora, Creative Producer, current Culture Shifts programme led by Open Eye Gallery, September 11, 2017:
Photography as a Social Practice website is an archive of research and dialogue around socially engaged photography.
› Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Being the Story at Conway Hall, London. Friday 20th October 2017
This was a one-day event organised by Sound Delivery, which celebrated the power of thought-provoking storytelling. It featured the stories of inspirational individuals including Eddie. I first met Eddie at the beginning of 2017 when he attended my weekly Crisis photography sessions. At first he showed little interest in photograhy, however after several weeks his confidence grew & he surprised himself by the quality of his picture taking.
Eddie was at death’s door when he was referred to Waves of Hope. He needed support to help reduce his drinking and find meaningful activity. Eddie started his sixth detox and met his New Beginnings (a programme run by Waves of Hope) worker while he was still an inpatient. They discussed activities Eddie might enjoy which would help keep him busy once discharged. A programme was put in place which ensured that Eddie had something to do every day. This started on the day his detox finished. Eddie has found a passion for photography & he has just started going to college to do an evening course in photograhy.
During the summer I was commissioned by Liverpool Waves of Hope to engage their service users in ‘Photograhy in the City’, weekly photograhy sessions at various locations in Liverpool city centre. Liverpool Waves of Hope is part of the Big Lottery’s national Fulfilling Lives programme with the primary aim of influencing systems change to ensure there are appropriate services in place to support adults with complex needs.
Eddie has been abstinent for over 8 months and still attends the Crisis photograhy sessions.
› Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Knowsley Sports and Culture Awards 2017
The awards ceremony took place on 13th October 2017 at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Huyton and celebrated the outstanding achievements in sport and culture over the last 12 months.
The Golden Years group came second in the Community Cultural Group of the year for their collaborative project & exhibition, Winds of Change, which is currently being exhibited at Kirkby Gallery and the Open Eye Gallery.
It is recognition the group deserve. They have been a very committed group of ladies, so full of life, determined & with many a story to tell.
‘‘It’s been wonderful to see the subtle teaching of photograhic art to our group, who now see, understand and produce images in a totally new way’’.
Tina Ball, Culture Development & Events Officer (Museum & Galleries), Knowsley Council.
‘‘Mallon took the approach of inviting the women to not only co-author the work but also co-create and co-curate their own story, an approach which seems to reflect the very nature of the women –working together from beginning to end to keep their community strong and sustainable’’.
Liz Wewiora, Creative Producer, Culture Shifts Programme, Open Eye Gallery.
› Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Culture Shifts: Local
6th October – 22nd December 2017
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
The Winds of Change project and exhibition is part of a larger project called Culture Shifts: Local, which presents collaboratively produced photography from eight socially engaged photography projects across Liverpool. The work demonstrates how photography as an art practice can be used to help communities define themselves, bridge cultural divides and communicate the vital issues of today.
Unlike documentary photography, the staging, selection and production of the images has been decided between the groups and the photographs they were working with. Because of this, the question of who took the image has little importance. This is part of Open Eye Gallery’s mission to champion socially engaged photography – photo-based projects that are participatory, in which the collaborative and conversational process of creating the photos is just as important as the final pieces.
This programme has been funded by the Strategic Touring Fund, Arts Council England.
Photograph by Robert Battersby, 2017.
› Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Winds of Change
18th September 2017 – 13th January 2018
Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley
‘Air is precious – we were all brought up here for fresh air’
Since November 2017 I have been 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, as I grew up in the very area the women are based. A number of the 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”.
The project supported the Golden Years group & Northwood residents to explore their stories through photography workshops & discussion based sessions. The resulting exhibition brings together a series of collaboratively devised and produced photographs, which reflects Kirkby’s rich past, the women’s lives and activism for their local area.
Opening Times are: Mon to Fri 9:00 – 17:00, Sat 10:00 – 13:00
Please note the opening times are subject to change, please check the website before visiting.
This project has been funded by the Strategic Touring Fund – Arts Council England, Open Eye Gallery & Knowsley Council.