Tell It Like It Is

*Project in progress, new responses & work added every month*

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- Free lockdown workshops
- Open Eye exhibition 
- Get in touch


- Walks: audio, maps, video
- Acknowledgements
Creative commons

- View all photography by Ian Clegg 1978-80

New takes

- Your responses 
- Writing by Laura Robertson 

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Exhibition now open

As part of the ‘L— A City Through Its People’ group show. In Gallery Three: see ‘Tell It Like It Is’, a selection of archive images by Ian Clegg, new prints on silver gelatin, accompanied by new creative-contextual writing by Laura Robertson. 

Open 2 December 2020 until 7 March 2021.

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Open Eye Gallery is located at the heart of the Liverpool Waterfront, a short walk from the Liverpool One shopping centre and the Albert Dock. The gallery is part of the Mann Island development, a complex of three black buildings that sit between the Strand, the Canning dock and the new Museum of Liverpool.

Entrance is on the ground floor of Mann Island, in a covered public courtyard which can be entered from the south side (facing the Museum of Liverpool) or the north side (facing Mann Island and the Liver Building).

By train
20 minutes walk from Lime Street station – Liverpool’s mainline railway station. James Street station, served by Wirral Line trains, is a two minute walk. Moorfields station, served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is a five minute walk. Visit Merseytravel for details of local train services.

By bus
The nearest bus station is at Liverpool ONE, but some buses drop off at the Pier Head, right next door to the gallery. Merseytravel has details of local bus services. By ferry The gallery is two minutes walk from the Pier Head Ferry Terminal, from which Mersey Ferries run regular services to the Wirral.

By coach
The nearest coach station is on Norton Street (Liverpool city centre), served by National Express coaches. Groups travelling by coach can visit the Liverpool Travel Trade website for information on suitable long stay coach parks.

By car
Follow the brown signs to the Waterfront. The nearest multi-storey car park is Q-Park at Liverpool ONE, 35 Strand Street, Liverpool, L1 8LT. There are six blue badge parking spaces about 40 metres from the entrance to the gallery. They are opposite the entrance to the Museum of Liverpool, beside the Great Western Railway building. The spaces need to be pre-booked by calling 0151 478 4545.

By bicycle
There are bicycle bays close to the gallery, opposite the entrance to the Museum of Liverpool, beside the Great Western Railway building.

There is level access to the gallery entrance and the Mann Island covered public space where we are located. Inside the gallery there are two ground floor spaces joined by a flat corridor, an accessible toilet and a platform lift to the second floor gallery. Assistance dogs are welcome.

We’re making our gallery more accessible with what3words. Find the precise location of the entrance at https://w3w.co/atomic.memory.warm. This 3 word address corresponds to an exact location within an accuracy of 3m. Tap the link or search ‘atomic.memory.warm’ in the What3Words app to find it.

Tell It Like It Is: images by Ian Clegg and words by Laura Robertson.
Project funded, supported and championed by Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, with huge thanks.