Historic Liverpool art venue to relocate to Mann Island
Liverpool‘s Open Eye Gallery, established in 1977 and one of the region’s leading visual arts venues, is due to move to a new location in Mann Island.
A ┬ú400K funding award from Northwest Regional Development Agency has helped to cement the relocation plans, which will be put towards the construction and fit-out of the gallery’s new home.
The relocation forms part of a larger ┬ú135 million scheme on the Liverpool waterfront. This mixed-use development brings 140,000 sq ft of quality office space to Mann Island, along with two apartment blocks, and leisure facilities including cafes and restaurants.
The gallery will be located in the centre of the Mann Island development, and will join other cultural attractions including Tate Liverpool, the new Museum of Liverpool, and the Beatles Story.
Designed by architects RCKa, the gallery premises will be twice the size of the old space, and will feature two main gallery spaces on the ground floor, with archive space and offices on a mezzanine level above.
According to the NWDA, Patrick Henry, Open Eye Director, said:
“We want to build on our track record as a world-class gallery by re-launching in new premises and significantly raising our game as one of the UK’s leading spaces for photography.
“Our new galleries will provide more exhibition space, in which we will present cutting-edge work by emerging and established artists. We’ll also be able to present work from our extensive print archive and offer more opportunities for people to get involved and learn about photography.”
The gallery is due to be opened in late 2010.
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