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New exhibition at Kirkby Gallery

by Laura Johnston

Kirkby Gallery is introducing its exciting new exhibition, Winds of Change, this September.

Winds of Change is a community photography exhibition created by photographer Tony Mallon who has gone back to his Kirkby roots to work in collaboration with Golden Years, a group of older residents from Northwood in Kirkby.

Being involved in Winds of Change gave the residents involved in the programme the opportunity to reflect on Kirkby’s past, discuss how it is now, and share their thoughts about how Kirkby could be in the future. With Tony’s skills, the series of photos in the exhibition reflects on the lives of the residents and gives attention to how the Northwood area has changed during their lifetimes. The exhibition also highlights the group’s memories, joys and concerns about their local area; all things that matter to them.

The ladies of Golden Years showed their pride for where they live when they took action against a local community centre closing down. Despite their age, health, and mobility, the ladies took on the responsibility to keep the centre open. Now, thanks for their efforts, it is a thriving hub for local residents to continue to enjoy. This is how the exhibition not only captures the story of Kirkby but is unique in that it challenges stereotypes of older people.

The exhibition is coming to Kirkby as part of the Culture Shifts programme which is a project involving 12 national and international photographers who have been working with communities across the Liverpool City Region to showcase their identities and interests. The programme intends to inspire, surprise or challenge its audiences as well as encourage people to explore their surroundings, connect with their home more and a build a more positive unity in their local area.

You can see Winds of Change at Kirkby Gallery from Monday 18 September 2017 to Saturday 13 January 2018.

Want to see the photography before everyone else? Kirkby Gallery will be holding a private exhibition launch with a bowl of scouse, and tea and coffee for everyone on Thursday 14 September at 4.30pm. If you’d like to attend, please email tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk

You can find Kirkby Gallery in The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY
The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm