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10 July 2018
Selected as North West artist for the Border Bound Residency 

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I am delighted to announce I have been selected as this year’s North West based artist for the Chester – Wales Canal Boat based residency project, Border Bound. I will be embarking on the residency journey on 4 August with founding members and artists Ellie Young and Amber Mottram. Results of the works in progress made along the journey will be on display within the barge on 11 August at Llangollen Wharf . For more information you can find out about the programme HERE.

 

31 March 2018
Northwards Housing celebrates current research project with local residents and community group, Many Hands Craft Collective. 

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Many Hands Craft Collective are the local Over60s craft group based at Victoria Square, Northwards Housing. The group are also my current collaborators on my research project exploring the potential co-authorship and collaboration which can exist within photographic practice. Social Housing provider, Northwards Housing wrote an article reflecting upon the recent collaborative exhibition which showcases works produced to date around the project. Through the Social Housing providers, ‘Retired not expired’ scheme, the article focuses on how art is at the heart of community group – and how it acts an important tool for the group to demonstrate that being old does not mean being inactive. You can read the short article here.

 

18 December 2017
Ferry Folk exhibition launches at Museum of Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery on Thursday 11 January 

 

My 5 month residency onboard the iconic Mersey Ferries has now come to and end but the project does not finish there. In January 2018 you will able to see the results of the relationships developed over these past months with Mersey Ferries staff, tourists, daily commuters and passers by of the surrounding terminal areas. A series of photographic works are presented as installations both physical and digital across the Museum of Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery, with a launch event taking place across both sites on Thursday 11 January. A series of audioscapes based on conversations between myself and the Mersey Ferries community can also be heard as part of the entrance display at Open Eye Gallery, which coincides with the major retrospective work by photographer Tom Wood, The Pier Head. 

Schedule includes:

3.30pm – 4.45pm at Museum of Liverpool 
4pm – Introduction by myself and Deputy Director of National Museums Liverpool, Paul Gallagher
4.20pm – Choir performance by the Mann Island Choir
For more information please click here

5pm – 7pm at Open Eye Gallery as part of the Tom Wood, The Pier Head opening
6pm – second chance to catch the Mann Island Choir performance in our Mann Island Atrium space.
For full details of the opening night please click here

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6 September 2017
Following the Mersey Ferries stories as they unfold 

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Its been nearly a whole month since I began my first residency journey on the Mersey Ferry and have been somewhat overwhelmed, and I say this with full positivity, by the diversity and multitude of rich stories and people I am meeting along the way. Armed with various cameras from polaroid to digital and large format, an audio mic and just the eagerness to chat to new faces, I have already collated and collaborated with the various communities who make the Mersey Ferries what it is today.

As part of the project a number of blogs will be available to view by the Open Eye Gallery’s website, Instagram posts from my own account and through Mersey Ferries Instagram takeovers and even the odd BBC radio Merseyside interview or too.

Simply click on embedded the links above to find out more. Image grid of Instagram on the Ferry C. Elizabeth Wewiora and Mersey Ferry community, 2017.

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9 August 2017
Artist in Residence with Mersey Ferries supported by Merseytravel
& Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England Award

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This Summer, in partnership with Merseytravel & National Museums Liverpool, I will be the Mersey Ferries Artist in Residence. Working with local residents, regular commuters, tourists and Mersey Travel staff I will be co-creating a new body of photographic, video and oral history work capturing a contemporary view of the Mersey Ferry view whilst still reflecting its rich past.

The project include days on the ferry, surrounding Pier Head, Seacombe & Birkenhead terminals as well as Photostories training with Merseytravel staff and a collaboration with FACT’s Digital Ambassadors Over 60s group.

The project will result in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool on 11 January 2018, and has been supported by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England. If you have a story about the Mersey Ferry then please do get in touch here

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01 April 2017
Bathroom Darkroom Residency 

This April (2017) I was invited to take part in a domestic artist residency programme initiated by recent graduate photographers and curators Rachel Burns and Lydia Marley.

What does it mean to be invited into someone else’s domain, not as a social guest but as a curious investigator and maker? These two local photographers have opened up this dialogue by turning their home into a residency space and their bathroom into a darkroom.

Both photographers live in shared accommodation in South Manchester, in a typical large house usually occupied by students or recent young graduates. Interested in the current economic climate where large shared rented living is seen as a necessity rather than a choice, Rachel and Lydia invite a host of local photographers in to their domestic space to respond to the dynamics and styles of shared living.

Here is a sneak peak of some video work made in the space but you can find out more about the project and collaborative work made here

bathroomdarkroomclip from Liz Wewiora on Vimeo.

 

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